Drum and dance Classes Sunshine Coast

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Welcome to drum and dance classes Sunshine Coast. All of our drum and dance classes are about having fun, finding your rhythm, and connecting with your fellow drummers and dancers. We weave this into a class full of warm ups, rhythms, technique, sounds, stretching and much more. The classes are great for stress relief, getting back into your body, learning something new, being in the moment and having fun!






Drum Class-Intermediate-Badenya Foli

Drum Class-Beginners-Kalankora Foli


Dance Class-To live drumming!

Dundun Dance Class-Dance with stick drums


Drum Class-Experienced-Foli Kan

Dundun Drum Class-Drumming with sticks

Drum and Dance Classes Sunshine Coast – Grab your $10 Intro Class 

Next course on Tuesday starts September 26th, 2017.
@ Palmwoods Memorial Hall
1 Main St  Palmwoods, Sunshine Coast
All dates: September 26th, October 3rd, 10th, 24th
NB: No class October 17th

Next course on Thursday starts September 28th, 2017.
@ Palmwoods Memorial Hall
1 Main St  Palmwoods, Sunshine Coast
All dates: September 28th, October 5th, 12th, 26th
NB: No class October 19th


Our African drum classes have three groups. These are called Kalankora Foli for the beginners drum class, Badenya Foli for the intermediate drum class and Foli Kan for the experienced drum class. Foli means play in the Manding languages and play is what we are all about!!


The beginners class is for people with little or no experience playing djembe (West African drum). It is a class that is about finding your rhythm and the three essential sounds your djembe can make to create rhythms. Playing rhythms together, we will build a vocabulary of how these sounds are arranged together to make the rhythms and songs of the djembe. After 3 months you will be ready to move on into Badenya Foli.


Badenya means community in the Manding languages and this class is where we begin to explore the relationships between the instruments and the rhythms they play. Just as a community is created through the relationships of its people, rhythms are created through the relationships of the instruments, the rhythms they play individually and together, and the roles they fulfill in the music.


Foli Kan means literally “play sound” and in this class we begin to do just that. With the sounds, rhythms and techniques in our hands we can take our instruments and music and play with them. The rhythms and their melodies play harmoniously together creating music that we perform to the community. With breaks, songs and solos we play music that connects and celebrates people and community. Foli Kan is often joined by the Muso Foli Dance Troupe who bring the joy and spirit of African dance to the performance.



These are the cylindrical stick drums that you see in class and that form the music along with the djembe rhythms we play. If you have taken a class with us before we would of introduced them to you. The middle sized drum is the Sangban and often it plays the signature rhythm to the music. The smallest drum is the Kenkenni and it is the time keeper. Last and largest is the Dundunba which is the power of the Dundun ensemble and also completes the melody. They each have two notes and are played with a metal bell which adds the light, interlocking patterns and another timbre to the ensemble. The rhythms played on the dundun’s drum head follow the rhythm played on the bell.

This class is for those that love to drum with sticks! It has a very different feel to the djembe which is a hand drum. This drum class will help you to start understanding the dundun patterns to the rhythms and the technique involved to play them.  A great class for coordination, memory, rhythm and fun.

Watch our Dundun Drumming class here


Our classes are not about how good of a drummer or dancer you are, or how fit or coordinated you are. They are about having fun while becoming rhythmical and very groovy! However, if you are striving to take your playing, with dance or drums, to the next level we would love to be apart of that journey and our drum and dance classes sunshine coast will certainly help. We also love to emphasise the community and social side of African music in our classes. This culture is rich and diverse with some great stories to tell. What’s more it is about participating, having fun and enjoying yourself.

Treat yourself throughout the week to just doing something because you love it! It’s all about being in the moment!

These African dance classes are for all levels of fitness and focus on learning a new dance every 4 weeks. There is lots of movement, stretching, laughing as well as exciting African choreography. These classes are West African dance style and are all about moving your body and having fun. Every person is encouraged to dance at their own pace. What makes this class stand out is that is danced to live drumming. You can really feel the rhythm, energy and good vibes!


Dundun dance classes mix our two favourite things; drums and dance. It is an active dance class which involves drumming with sticks on dunduns. These are cylindrical double ended drums originally from West Africa. It is incredibly fun and you needn’t be a dancer or a drummer to do this class. It is a fantastic class for stress relief, fitness and coordination. For those of you that have found the African dance class a little to physical, this is the perfect way to indulge your love of African dance and drumming at the same time! We recommend this class to all of our drumming students. Developing an understanding of the dance to a rhythm is essential to African culture and music.

Watch our dundun dance class here


The other big news is that along with the increase in classes we have done a major overhaul to our pricing system. With three classes per night over Tuesday and Thursday nights in 2017 we can now open up how and when everyone plays and pays for classes.

There is now three different passes (see below) that let you participate in classes as well as further specials which will be available to new and current students. Now you can join in on all the drumming or dancing fun with one dance and one drum class, 4 classes or just casually to any class.

We hope this new system as well as the  second night will encourage those that have extra work and family commitments to start attending classes at their convenience. This system will also really benefit those that would like to increase their drum and dance classes throughout the week. Either way we are looking forward to doing more drum and dance with you this year!

Drum and Dance Classes Sunshine Coast – Class Passes

1 Drum 1 Dance Class Pass – Access to one drum and one dance class per week. Valid for one four week course.
4 Class Pass – Access to one drum class per week. Valid for one four week course.
Casual –  Access to one drum or dance class.

All class passes are available and you can now book in online.

Terms and Conditions: All drum and dance classes sunshine coast are non-refundable, non-transferable, and cannot be exchanged for classes at a later date once the course has started. 

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