Mapouka - is an exciting dance-form
emanating from Cote D’Ivoire. The dance is the traditional
expression of the peoples of the Southern villages of Cote
The dance has long been a part of the Avikam expression--quintessential
to their traditional belief system and a matter of ceremony.
In the early 1990s, the dance was discovered by the outside
world when a number of videos began circulating in Paris,
France. What the world saw was incredible. Women moving their
legs in such a manner that their behinds rotate with minimal
assistance from hips or waist. The dance emerged from a history
of traditional ceremonies where the women wore long wrap-skirts.
But now, it was on display in clubs and dance halls where
buxom young women wiggled their bottoms while wearing shorter
skirts and spandex-shorts. The dance now suddenly appeared
In fact, in 1995, the dance was outlawed in Cote D’Ivoire
because the authorities deemed it erotic and inappropriate.
The dance has legally returned and continues to enjoy immense
popularity not only in Cote D'Ivoire but also throughout West