Schools cover many religious festivals and different cultures from around the globe, and dance is a great way to make these countries/continents come alive for your students. We deliver many African dance workshops during Black History Month in October in schools as well as all year around.
The drum is the sign of life and it’s beat is the heartbeat of the community. Choreographed to loud drum beats and beautiful voices, we teach a high energy style of African Dance workshops. The movements often tell a story which makes it a great style for younger KS1 children to learn. We can show the children how to take an ordinary everyday gesture and turn it into an African style dance move.
Your teacher will also dress up in an Africa inspired costume to give an added flavour of Africa, and we bring African printed material as costumes for the children to wear or use as props to dance with. see a pic of our lovely props below.
There are 54 different countries within the continent of Africa, and African dance changes from region to region. So we teach a dance style which has influences mixed from the whole continent. If you would like a specific style of African dance taught, please contact us to let us know.
Black History Month is focused in October each year, so we are really busy teaching loads of workshops during this time. It’s such a physical dance style that we get really fit with legs of steel!
Take a look at an example of African dance. This choreography would be suitable for older KS2 children but can of course be adapted and made simpler for younger years.
African dance has a low centre of gravity and can be very different from styles of dance the children may have done before. They will have aching legs the next day!
We can also provide music workshops to accompany the dance. We work closely with African musicians who do fantastic drumming workshops in schools and have many years of experience.
They bring costumes for the children to wear, and lots of African drums for everyone to use. They teach the basics of how to play an African drum, and then how to put all the rhythms together to make a fantastic piece in a short time.
Please contact us for more info on these music workshops, prices, and how they would work for your school.
Please see the pics below of the drumming workshops:
Zest’s director Olivia says… “I recently went on an amazing 3 week trip to South Africa and then on to Mozambique. I spent some time in Cape Town eating the most delicious gourmet food, drove the Garden Route where I canoed up rivers, swam in waterfalls and rode horses. Drank wine looking over the most stunning vineyard views in the Wine Region. Then had some much needed beach time in the sun in beautiful Mozambique.
One night I came across this live band and dancers who played for nearly 3hrs straight! At one point they got the crowd up and we joined in with their dancing and I got to show off some of my own dance moves – much to their delight! It was a totally amazing trip”.
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Why not treat your pupils to a dance workshop? We are based in London but have teachers across the UK to bring our workshops to you.
We deliver cultural dance workshops to primary KS1 and secondary KS2 schools, GCSE and A Level classes, to students of all abilities. Our dance workshops link with the National Curriculum to provide children with creative and educational dance workshops in a fun, engaging and inclusive environment.