school Dance Workshops
Bring your children together through the ancient art of West African dance. Learn a traditional dance, fun rhythmical warm ups and experience the dance circle where everyone gets a chance to be cheered on with their unique moves and creative self expression. A great workout which encourages knees stay bent and body low to the ground. We play with ‘how low you can go!’ You can expect to leap, skip, hop and jump and the pulsating energy of the African rhythms will keep the children engaged and energised. The synchronicity of a dance routine with African culture and music will have your children beaming with rhythm. Watch them laugh, focus and play!
Some information about African dancing
The first thing that will be introduced in a West African dance workshop will be the drum. This instrument will lead, accompany and call all of your dancing feet. There are many different calls that a djembe can do depending on what dance is being danced and this call will often tell the dancers when to begin moving, when to transition into the next move and when to finish.
In Africa, drumming and dancing are a part of everyday life. The music and rhythmic movements bring community together. It creates pure joy. The freedom to express yourself amongst family.
In Africa, solo dancing is when all of the dancers form a circle with the drums at one end. The solo djembe player will highlight the soloist moves, they will play together, the dancer and the drummer. There is a call and response exchange where the dancer leads the drum and vise versa until it is hard to tell who is leading and who is following! Solo dancing in Africa is part of the culture, especially at Dundunba events. Each person will take turns stepping into the circle to dance and celebrate their moves. Now, although we don’t focus on solo’s in class it is an important aspect of African dance that can’t be ignored and as confidence builds you may find yourself dancing freely to the power of the drums.
West African traditional dances are based around a story. Whether its about initiation, a dance about showcasing masks, birth, death or an encouragement to the local farmers, there seems to be a dance/rhythm for most important life events. How beautiful! To celebrate life and its tribulations with music and dance.
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“Many thanks for your great visit. I found you easily established a rapport with the children. You quickly gained their interest and attention. You related very well to them in an age appropriate way and lead them on an exciting movement and musical cultural storytelling adventure. Many of the children who are sometimes reticent to physically express themselves through dance really opened up, giving them more self confidence and hopefully another avenue by which to enjoy music, dance, culture and fitness. I would be very happy to have you visit again!” – Lisa Dunn, Palmwoods Community Kindergarten