Weekly Club Spotlight: Wazobia African Dance Company


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Wazobia African Dance Company performs at their annual showcase.

Emmy Schmelter, Staff Writer

Among the many dance teams Villanova has to offer, there is definitely something special about the Wazobia African Dance Company.

Although its activity and performances have been toned down due to COVID-19, it is ready to move right back into business this semester. 

The Wazobia African Dance Company is a team that performs genres of step, modern, hip hop and traditional styles, covering a multitude of styles.

The name Wazobia comes from the combination of three Nigerian dialects. Ever since it was founded in 2012, the company has done nothing but grow in diversity and inclusivity. 

The company rehearses three days a week, always preparing for its upcoming showcases and events around campus, such as the annual ACV fashion show. Starting with dynamic stretches and warm up exercises, members then perform in groups and use constructive feedback to make sure their dances are the best they can be.  

When asked what being a part of the dance company meant to them, the members did not hold back their admiration. 

“Being a part of this dance team gives me a sense of community and support,” this year’s leader said. “I am able to express my creativity through moving my body to the beat of music. Dancing is a release; it is a temporary escape from academic responsibilities.”

One member even discussed how the variety of backgrounds makes the company so unique.

“I also just think it’s amazing to see how everyone has lives outside of dance, yet we all come together through the art of dance, and are able to be one,” the member said. “Everyone inspires each other in different ways as we all possess unique qualities that define us, which we incorporate into our dancing.”

The Wazobia Dance Company welcomes all ethnicities and experiences. It makes it known that an individual does not have to identify as African or be a professional dancer to join. In fact, it is the differences in these characteristics that brings success to the company. 

Wazobia can be seen all around campus. One must always keep a lookout, as this company is eager to share its energy and talents wherever it can, while fostering excitement from potential new members as well. It recently held a workshop on campus where any student was welcome to stop by and get a taste of Wazobia. 

After more than a year of having to adjust its schedule due to the pandemic, the group could not be more excited to hold its upcoming showcase on March 27 in the The John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts. 

The performances by Wazobia will leave one unable to stay seated. The energy and confidence that this company projects to the audience is an experience one needs to see for themselves.


The sense of passion and community that Wazobia members create can be seen by anyone on campus. The group coordinates not only dance routines, but an environment of inclusion and an infectious spirit.