Dance may be a form of stress relief, a pastime or as an exercise routine for some. Nevertheless, in Africa, dancing takes on a form of art, ritual or as a way to induce a particular outcome.
Dance in Africa can also take on the form of social recreation, prayer, and devotion or sometimes has no clear indication of a particular purpose other than entertainment and merriment.
Other dances are organized whether a person or a community is in need of support; for instance, there is a lack of a needed resource or an individual is sick and needs healing.
Scroll through the list to learn about five ritual dances performed throughout Africa: