Philip Agyapong

Adjunct Instructor, Dance

Instructor • Part-Time Faculty

(415) 422-3888

Biography

Philip Amo Agyapong is a dance teacher and researcher. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Theater Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance, specializing in African Dance Traditions and Contemporary African Dance from the University of Ghana. In the same University, he served as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Dance Studies and gained valuable experience in leading undergraduate and exchange students in theory and practical dance classes. Philip has extensive choreographic experience, including Su-Ban, Akogo, and Community: Our Responsibility. His current research, “Dance and Ethics in Ghanaian Traditional Society: Abangye in perspective,” seeks to investigate the philosophical and moral significance of dance in the Abangye festival of the Adjumako-Kokoben people of Ghana. He is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and takes great pride in teaching students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. He encourages his students to express themselves in a manner that is aligned with the common humanity of all. Philip’s hope is that his students will not only learn performance skills, theories and philosophies of African Dance, but also have an opportunity to work to their full physical, social, and intellectual potentials.

Education
MFA, Choreography, University of Ghana
BFA, Theater and Dance, University of Ghana
Experience
Traditional African Dance Technique (a collection of movements from Traditional African Dances)
Ghanaian/African Popular and Traditional African Dance Performance (exploring the aesthetics and performance elements in Ghanaian popular culture and Traditional Ghanaian/African Dances)
Contemporary African Dance (exploring the African Dancing body as a communicative tool and its ability to break boundaries)
Dance Composition and Choreography (creating dance drawing from a range of movements)
Expertise
Teaching Ghanaian Traditional Dance
Teaching Philosophies of Ghanaian Traditional Games
Teaching West African Popular Dance
Choreography
Acting
Research
Ghanaian Dance Technique
Ethics of Ghanaian Dance Forms
Ghanaian Traditional Games