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SCHOOL INCURSIONS

School Incursions

African drumming school incursions and African dance workshops are fun, engaging, fast paced, active and educational. Every student plays a real African drum. Drum and dance school workshops bring culture, rhythm and inspiration to students, unleashing creativity, confidence and courage. All drum and African dance school incursions are jam packed with rhythmic activities that will have your students sitting on the edge of their seat! Promote the benefits of participating in different cultural activities and encourage your students to get active and learn something new.

School Dancing Incursions

Rhythm Culture African dance school incursions are for high school students that are engaged in dance study. Students will love the joy of West African dance. Fun upbeat choreography that will inspire students creativity.

The workshop can be an introduction to West African dance or it can be delivered in a program with a series of sessions. Students can gain an understanding in African dance and its choreographic and performance based elements.

West African dance differs dramatically with many dance styles taught in Australia, broadening students knowledge in cultural dance styles. Students can use this knowledge in their final year studies to create an original dance piece combined with their contemporary dance elements.

Stamina, endurance and focus are just a few of the key elements needed for West African dance.

Students will learn about dance in Africa, traditional versus modern, key elements and signature moves in select rhythms and  the cultural significance for each rhythm. Students will also learn about the importance of the drumming and how the connection between the drummer and the dancer is essential for performance.

Dance facilitators will share their dance experiences in Africa and their love of West African dance. Every dance has an ancient story or purpose.  Dance workshops can also include African drumming

School Drumming Incursions

African drumming workshops are high energy and engaging. Both Primary and High School students can enjoy the benefits from African drumming within a group.

Students studying music will focus on building an ensemble, gaining solo skills and call and response exercises. These drumming activities increase confidence, strengthen rhythm foundations and encourage creativity.

Schools hosting annual events such as under 8’s and Harmony Day  can incorporate drumming  to encourage diversity within cultures, peers and friends, to learn about culture and West African music. These events are fun, and provide the students will a wonderful introduction to West African music and culture.

Every student will have a drum to play and all of the drums are real West African full sized drums. This ensures a beautiful sound and an authentic experience with the Djembe.

African Drumming is an effect activity to help communication and self expression. Rhythms are spoken, sung and sounded out.  Students find African Drumming accessible and they participate with ease and curiosity.

All drumming faciliators have studied in West Africa and will share their stories and experiences of the wonderful rich culture of Africa. These workshops can also include a dance element.  This is fantastic opportunity for the students to create a West African drum and dance performance piece for teachers, students and parents.

 

WHY CHOOSE RHYTHM CULTURE?

Free drum hire – No travel costs – Professional artists trained in Africa – Every student plays a real African drum –  Feel the vibe of traditional West African rhythms

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ALL YOU NEED:

Rhythm Culture drumming incursions need a space large enough for the number of students and chairs for everyone. We bring the rest!

BENEFITS OF DRUM & DANCE SCHOOL INCURSIONS

To connect  through movement & rhythm – Expand the body’s movement – Coordination & spatial awareness – Self-confidence & individual expression – Appreciation of different cultural practices – Individual expression through movement – Unity with fellow students – Physical & mental release

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“I would like to thank Nathaniel and Bec for a wonderful day of positive energy and amazing skill. They are an extraordinarily talented team and brought so much to our college in just one short day.

 The team definitely delivered!

Felicity Bezer

Differientation Support Worker, Noosa Christian College

“Thank you for taking our whole college on a stimulating and enriching adventure through the 2 day drumming workshop. It was one of those challenging and fun events that revitalized us as individuals and as a community, leaving many of us hungry for more! It was amazing to later hear students heading off to Maths and English classes singing West African songs as they went! Thank you again Nat and Bec!”

Simon Cooper

College Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran

WHAT WE FOCUS ON

  • Creating rhythm together as a group.
  • Learning about West African culture & music.
  • Sharing and exploring musical rhythms & patterns.
  • Appreciating diversity within cultures, peers and friends.
  • Exploring foundations through movement, rhythm and synchronisation. 
  • Discover the sounds of the djembe
  • Play call and response drumming patterns
  • Learn coordination exercises 
  • Solo exercises
  • Creating an ensemble 

DRUM & DANCE HIGH ENERGY

Looking for something high energy, engaging and entertaining? Rhythm Culture can provide you with a workshop that incorporates both drum and dance. The students will begin with the drumming and then learn the dance corresponding to the rhythm. The group will then alternate between drumming and dancing giving everyone the opportunity to perform for the group.  This high energy interactive performance is excellent for creating a  performance piece for teachers, students and parents. It also allows the students to have a highly immersive experience and gain some indepth knowledge into a West African rhythm. Learning the story, the ensemble parts and the dance to a rhythm is the ideal way to connect with West African music.

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