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Akosua Akoto | Credits

Performance & Choreographic Work

  • Jidenna

  • Estelle

  • Machel Montano

  • Janet Jackson

  • Fally Ipupa

  • Iyanya

  • Wale

  • Viuex Farka Toure

Education, Exercise Science

  • BS in Sports Medicine, Howard University

  • MS in Human Performance and Rehabilitation, California University of Pennsylvania

  • Performance Enhancement Specialist, NASM

  • Certified Personal Trainer NASM,

  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist, NASM

  • Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM

  • Instagram

Dance and Production Companies

  • BET

  • MTV

  • Essence Fest

  • Farafina Kan

  • Nai Zou and Co.

  • Dishibem

  • Dono Drum and Dance Ensemble

  • Memory of African Culture

Companies

  • ASA!

    • The international African dance-fitness craze, sport apparel and group fitness certification established 2011

  • ASA! Body Studio

    • In-person and virtual personal training and rehabilitation services established 2017

  • ASA! Kelenya

    • The hottest Afrocan dance company blending Afrobeat, Coupe Decale, and Soukous dance styles

  • FUZE Carnival 

    • The award-winning Afro-Caribbean Mas Troupe taking Antigua Carnival by storm

Bio

In the age of Afrobeats, the majority of movers are bringing the urban spotlight to African dance. Akosua Akoto, grounded in tradition,, is bringing African dance to the urban spotlight.  Her expertise in both traditional and contemporary West African dance styles along with advanced training in biomechanics and kenisiology has given her an edge as a professional dance instructor, choreographer, artistic director and performer.  

 

Born and raised in Washington DC, Akosua is a product of Ghanaian culture, the lessons learned from an upbringing in a traditional Senegalese ballet, and a hint of life in the Caribbean. She made her first appearance on stage at age 3. Her early work in choreography and dance instruction began at age 13 for a collection of after school programs in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. She taught her first adult West African dance class at age 15, an achievement that would jump start her career in choreography. Akosua’s undergraduate career at Howard University is

a melting pot of both exercise science and an introduction to the world of modern dance under the tutelage of Dr Sheryl B Johnson, the pioneer Akosua credits for her ability to excel in the business of dance without losing the integrity of the art.

 

She founded ASA! Enterprises in LLC- an umbrella company covering one of the first international African dance fitness programs,  a line of sport and dance apparel, a group fitness certification, the SBJ Dance and Mentorship program and the ASA! Body Personal Training Studio. Akosua is known for propelling the culture of Afrobeat dance through its origins. Her expertise in both traditional and contemporary West African dance styles has birthed a technique that combines the old with the new; a refreshing and unique style that has allowed her to travel the world offering a fresh yet familiar perspective on the culture of African dance.

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