Ekpo masquerade is a Nigerian dance performed by male dancers in elaborate costumes, which include long fur coats, masks, and swords. A very-fast tempo rhythm is created through the simultaneous use of multiple drums. The dancers perform footwork and stepping patterns that match the drumming rhythm. Additionally, participants will move their arms in circular motions to emphasis the weapons or props they may be holding. The dances are generally performed in small groups of three to seven participants. The masquerade commemorates dancers’ ancestors in communal festivals.
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Igbo Union of Canada
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Igbo Union of Canada415 Oakdale Rd#206Toronto, ON M3N 1W7
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