Alanta dance

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Alanta Dance is an original Nigerian dance. Like most African dances, it requires vigorous hand, hips and leg movements. The dance style uses a patterned movement of the hands as if fanning flames while raising one leg. This dance shows the rich creativity and humour of the Nigerian people. The dance is usually accompanied with a trance-like or painful expressions on the face.


The dance started in 2007 in ajegunle a suburb of Lagos in Nigeria. later on musician like Artquake, released a musical video, "Alanta". The lyrics explain the movement sequence. "E be like fire, dey burn my body. Je kin fera, oru n mu mi" as: "It looks like fire is burning my body. Let me fan myself, I’m feeling hot." This dance was later observed in an evolved form at clubs, bars, parties, dance battles etc.


The dance is popular in Nigeria. In many Nigerian music videos, musicians are seen dancing Alanta. Popular Alanta dancers include Uti, the winner of Big Brother Africa 2010 and Maye Hunta.