Our 10 Favorite Afrodance Queens on Instagram

A hugely important part of Black History Month is celebrating #BlackJoy and #BlackGirlMagic – and one amazing area where both shine bright is in the world of Afrodance! Here are ten queens of the Instagram dancefloor that absolutely steal the show!

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ig: @badgyalcassiee

Who else can’t sit still when an amazing Afrodance video pops up in their newsfeed? Regardless of the fact that some of us are more talented spectators than participants (:raises hand:), it’s a burst of energy amid the heavy topics we have to scroll past, and it always gives a boost to your day. While there are too many incredible womxn bringing beats and movement into our timeline to mention, we wanted to shout out ten unbelievable dancers who give us life and are the absolute definition of both Black joy and #BlackGirlMagic!

So check out the amazing womxn below and find not only your new favorite dancer, but new songs to add to your favorite playlist!

@badgyalcassiee

Song: “Wonderful” – Burna Boy

Bad Gyal Cassiee was born in the Central African Republic and started dancing when she was only four years old. After studying hip-hop dance, she traveled to Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, and Côte d’Ivoire, learning from the rich dance traditions there as well as she creates her own signature style.

Her Instagram now boasts a whopping 648K followers, and she’s the creator behind the #BalayaChallenge, which went totally viral in 2019. She’s now offering a virtual dance Master Class if you’d like to learn from the best while you’re stuck at home – including the choreo to the dance featured above! PS: Cassiee does a ton of teaching the next generation of dancers, and the cuteness/skill is through the literal roof – just trust us!

@itsjustnife

Song: “Don’t Rush Remix 2k20” – ANS x Jordan (on YouTube) + “Case Remix by Stylah Jam ft. 679 Muzikk FJ” by Teni (on YouTube)

The choreo queen herself…! Nifè, based in London, is behind some of the most viral dance challenges on TikTok and Instagram, including but definitely not limited to: #CaseRemixChallenge, #PWAJChallenge, #MyTouchChallenge, and the #AlreadyAfroChallenge! It’s like there’s a new global trend every week or so, and Nifè’s always behind it! Do yourself a favor and give her Instagram a follow – That way, you’ll always be ahead of the curve! And PS: She’s just about to round out *one million* followers on TikTok!

@delacyn

Song: “Up To Something” – Mayorkun

Nneka Irobunda – aka @delacyn – is a dancer, educator and badass businesswoman based in New York City. She’s putting amazing content into the universe both on the dancefloor (check out her YouTube!) and off it, through her work with We Are The Creators!, that helps dancers understand the industry better and strategically navigate their way to the top. And not for nothing, but the we know how hard it is to walk in stilettos – and are still trying to get our heads around how flawlessly she can dance in them!

@stormiebandele

Song: “IYABO” – Guilty Beatz ft. Falz and Joey B

The tornado emoji really does sum this amazing dancer up! The Houston-based dancer’s Instagram is full of power gems like the choreo above – that we can barely keep up with, and we’re just watching it…! And her unrehearsed moments are just as insane, like this iconic freestyle from a party with friends. If you’re in Houston, you have *got* to look up one of her amazing dance classes – and see if you can keep up with that legwork! And in the meantime, get into her YouTube, which is positively bursting with choreo and vibes.

@cocainnaofficial

Song: “Amanikiniki” – Mfr Souls, Major League Djz, Kamo Mphela, Bontle Smith

Miyah, the beauty behind @cocainnaofficial, is a professional dancer, model and choreographer who was born in Nigeria but moved to London in her early teens. She makes dance covers for Afrobeats songs and also organizes physical dance classes. With clean moves and never missing a step, her flow is 100% at the intersection of perfection and style – and it’s absolutely contagious! The notoriously private dancer just started a YouTube channel, so hit that follow button and be among the first about her content.

@mizzk.o

Song: “Gwara Nao Para” – ASSI, BM

Kendra “K.O.” Oyesana – aka @missk.o – is an absolute fireball of energy. Her talents extend beyond the dancefloor, and she’s one of the stars of YouTube Original Series Step Up. Based in Los Angeles, she has worked with some of the industries top choreographers such as Laurianne Gibson, Mandy Moore, Chris Grant, Aakomon Jones, Jamal Sims, Jamaica Craft, and Jaquel Knight. Kendra has also toured and worked for major artist including P. Diddy and the Bad Boy family, Beyonce, Flo Rida, Tinasha, KeKe Palmer, Paul McCartney, Tamar Braxton, Neyo and many more.

@a.kay_xx

Song: “Jerusalema” – Master KG ft. Nomcebo Zikode

Akay Wills – aka @a.kay_xx – may be based in the UK, but her influence is definitely global! Through her Instagram, her TikTok and her incredible YouTube channel that’s full of routines and choreo, she’s reaching the whole world with the power of Afrodance! PS: She also posts some of the best collabs in the game, including such esteemed features as her nephew!

@izzyodigie

Song: “iWalk Ye Phara” – DJ Maphorisa + DJ Raybel ft. Moonchild Sanelly, K.O. and Zulu Mkhathini

If this absolute face-melter of a routine isn’t enough to convince you that you need to know about Iziegbe Odigie and her infectious Instagram, we… really can’t help you. The 25-year-old Nigerian dancer/choreographer from Brooklyn, NY splits her time between teaching dance, breaking the internet, and working with some of the hottest artists in the world, such as none other than the phenomenal Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi and Yemi Alade (who actually sat down with us a few months ago…!). Here are a few words from her truly incredible YouTube channel:

Afro-fusion dancer/choreographer Iziegbe ‘Izzy’ Odigie started dancing as a child growing up in Nigeria. At her boarding school, she participated in weekly break dance competitions with fellow students. This “street dance” experience really sparked her interest in American hip-hop & pop. In 2007, Odigie moved to the States and began seriously pursuing an artistic career.

She developed a unique skillset in the hip-hop genre before co-founding her own collective – TRYBE at eighteen. Izzy made her major breakthrough on the Afro-dance scene with a stellar on-stage performance with Eddy Kenzo to his continental hit – “Sitya Loss”. She followed this up with other trending choreography, such as her “Eggplant Routine” and “OMG Choreography”, that propelled Odigie to the international spotlight.

@sophiaofficialxo

Song: “Don’t Jealous Me” – Beyonce, Tekno, Lord Afrixana, Mr Eazi, Yemi Alade

You won’t be surprised to learn that a clip from this *unbelievable* routine made its way into a promo video for “Don’t Jealous Me” that was shared by Queen B herself (here’s the full version of the dance class). But if anyone deserves all that shine, it’s @SophiaOfficialxo, the London-based new momma and dancer/teacher. When she’s not doing choreo for Afrobeats giants like ChopDaily, expect to see her collabing with other familiar faces from the London Afrodance community (@itsjustnife, we’re looking at you!). What’s the word for #friendshipgoals that like, leave you speechless…?

@mwendee_mj

Song: “Woman” – Rema

MwenDee MJ is an absolute powerhouse of a dancer and choreographer, and there literally aren’t enough hours in the day to spend all the time we want to on her Instagram and YouTube. The Parisian’s channel is full of expertly danced and edited videos, often together with her dancer/choreo husband, and it looks like the duo are having a total blast – proving yet again that couples who play together, stay together! We don’t quite know the backstory of how the two met, but a safe guess would probably be in the studio!

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