Fitness instructor and self-described ‘Benz Punany Womanist’ Kelechi ‘Kelechnekoff’ Okafor leads a dance workshop and discussion exploring twerking as empowerment.
Extending and deepening investigations into pleasure through movement by the Politics of Pleasure collective, the workshop incorporates contemporary styles such as afrobeats, and aims to reclaim twerking through tracing the movement to its cultural origins.
Dedicated to the pleasure of exercise, Kelechnekoff empowers Black women to become more visible in their engagement with fitness practices.
This workshop forms part of The Politics of Pleasure Family Reunion
, an all-day event for Black women to explore pleasure as generative of creativity and community, and as fundamentally linked to their humanity.
Kelechi Okafor is an actress, personal trainer, and instructor of pole dance and twerk. In 2016, Kelechi opened her dance studio, Kelechnekoff, as a way of highlighting the faces and bodies that are often erased within mainstream fitness culture. Kelechi uses her classes and workshops as a vehicle to move women towards an unbreakable relationship between their mind and body.