We’re turning millions of fans and thousands of artists into one unstoppable global community – in motion. Here, we celebrate creative expression in all its forms. From dance and music to apparel and design, we believe that the African arts and passion can transform the world. And that change starts with embracing your own unique, authentic, self.
We are a platform for dance and music entertainment. We believe sharing your authentic experience is crucial to building a connected world. Through our events and community, we’re creating a space for artists and fans to do just that.!
It goes beyond trophies, titles, or fame. The goal is creative expression: changing the world through artistry and motion. We’re embracing boldness, celebrating diversity, and connecting distinct, powerful sound and dance into one community.
ADAA attracts YouTube stars, industry icons, and 100,000+ fans to events in more than 20 countries. No language barriers. No animosity. Just pure, awe-inspiring movement.
The African Dance Academy Awards (known merely as the ADAA) is a professional honorary organization with the stated goal of advancing the arts and sciences of the performing arts industry. The Academy’s corporate management and general policies are overseen by a Board of Governors, which includes representatives from each of the craft branches.
A vast majority of its members are based in Africa, membership is open to qualified dancers around the world.
The Academy is known around the world for its annual ADAA FEST, now officially known as The “ADAA Project”.
The ADAA Project has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, ADAA Project showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.
Around 200 million people are identifying themselves as being of African descent live in the Americas. Many millions more live in other parts of the world, outside of the African continent.
Whether as descendants of the victims of the transatlantic slave trade or as more recent migrants, they constitute some of the poorest and most marginalized groups. Studies and findings by international and national bodies demonstrate that people of African descent still have limited access to quality education, health services, housing, and social security. The ADAA Project raises the visibility of people of African descent and contributed to a substantive advancement in the promotion and protection of their rights in association with the United Nations, other international and regional bodies and civil society.
Attend The Awards
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to be a part of The African Dance Awards: The 1st Annual Celebration of the Year in Dance. After years of traveling the world with dance conventions and competitions, we saw a need to create one prestigious awards ceremony that recognized excellence in the past year of dance. Our vision would gather the most talented young dancers, dance instructors, choreographers and artsits in Africa’s entertainment capital – Lagos, Nigeria!
The closing awards show will be like no other. Awards are presented for outstanding individual or collective efforts in up to 20 categories.
a wealth of expertise in a simplified, strengthened and specialist body nurturing and developing talent and delivering excellence in:
- youth dance
- dance of Africans and Africans in Diaspora
- health and well-being
- leadership and career development
benefits in excess of 40,000 people working in the African dance workforce, it benefits young people dancing in and outside school, and it indirectly impacts on the millions of people who participate in dance and watch performances.
- a strong voice for dance
- a centralised knowledge hub and sector intelligence
- advocacy to policy makers and politicians
- a strategic programme including events, conferences, talks, professional and career development with sector-wide reach and benefit
- membership services
- and promotion of best practice and nurturing of talent
Attend African Dance Festival
AFRICA’S BIGGEST DANCE EVENT
AFRICAN DANCE FESTIVAL 2017 will take place 24-26 November in Lagos, Nigeria
Over 24,500 dancers – three days – performances, classes, career advice, celebrities, interviews and shopping!
AFRICAN DANCE FESTIVAL is your chance to celebrate all forms of African dance and the performing arts. Watch breath-taking Main Stage performances, take part in dance classes, discover dance career opportunities in the ADA PRO series, brush up on your acting and vocal skills in performing arts workshops and shop for all your dance wear needs.
No matter what level you are – there is something for everyone and a glorious celebration of all things dance and performing arts at the AFRICAN DANCE FESTIVAL
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