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Dance Africa

England, Scotland, Wales

Learn about African harvest, tribes and culture in this vibrant dance-infused narrative. What makes African dance? How is African dance used today? And are there different styles of dance across Africa?

The sounds create atmosphere and keep the rhythm for all the dancing”! In these one and two hour energetic, loud and exciting African dance workshops, children are given the chance to:

  • Explore an African dance and experience the soundtrack of Africa
  • Learn and create a full African routine, having a huge amount of fun in the process
  • Choose an African animal mask or headdress, become your character and bring African culture into your school hall!

Pupils will focus on creating characters and narrative through movement and gesture. They gain inspiration from African society. They will work individually, with partners and in small groups. Thinking about dance, we will encourage pupils to think about how to use movement, how to explore and communicate ideas, as well as their own feelings and thoughts.

Booking DANCE-AFRICA

Option 1 – 2 x 2 hour workshops. 1 group in the morning and 1 group in the afternoon. There will be a final performance at the end of your school day for an audience of your choice.

Option 2 – 4 x 1 hour workshops in one day. We can work with a class size of 30 in each 1 hour workshop. Please give us a call to book in your Dance Africa day.

"Here are some reflections the children have made after the Dance Africa Workshop:
- It was an amazing experience, I felt happy to do it!
- African dance its amazing how hip hop and other music originated from Africa.
- We learnt a lot while doing the dance, there's always a story behind the harvest and it is very important.
- Harvest dance moves come from the process of harvest dance is part of their culture
- I was bursting with energy and the African dance made me think about music more.
- I would love to do it again and again and again.
We had an amazing Day! Thanks for coming to visit us!"

Head Teacher

Primary School in Somerset

What One Day needs to succeed:

Number of Children

Two or Four classes (up to 35 children per group)

Length of workshop

1-2 hour per class

Suitable for

KS1 / KS2 / P1 - 3 / P4 - 7

Space needed

A large clear space (preferably a school hall) Please let us know if you have any special requirements!

What the children learn...

  • Developing an awareness of the historical and cultural origins of different dances
  • Increased confidence and the value of teamwork
  • Choreography and motifs
  • Call and response
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