Dance Workshops for Primary Schools

African Dance Workshops for primary schools are tailored for early years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  We can work with you to meet the needs and learning objectives of your students.

 

We provide the cultural context to the art-form while teaching.  Our focus uses dance and movement to improve both mental and physical fitness.

Africa is a continent of hundreds of countries and potentially millions of dances!

 

In Ghana we have many types of Dance - often based around certain rhythms including Adowa, Kete, Panlogo, Agbaza and more. Kwame will be pleased to give you an introduction.

 

Movements often include elements of everyday village life, for example, sowing seed or washing clothes. Therefore students will learn much about daily life as the dance moves are explained. A clock system will also be used when teaching the movements, enabling the children to also learn how to tell the time!

 

We are also proud to work with a number of dancers from Senegal, Gambia and Guinea.  The movements are often large and balletic and are perfect for Key Stage 2 and above.

 

All our dance workshops offer a great fun cardiovascular workout!

 

Within the workshops an African dance teacher will take students through the chosen dance, explaining its meaning and significance along the way.

 

Dance workshops can stand alone, they can also be combined with a drum workshop leading to a vibrant final performance.

Running a workshop

A cool room with good acoustics is great.  As students will be moving around there needs to be ample space for them to do so. The drums are heavy and loud; please bear this in mind when locating us.

 

Dance workshops for primary schools can take place anywhere

Sample Timetable with one class

 

 

1 Practitioner

09.00-09.20    Assembly

09.30-10.30     Dance Session Panlogo

10.30-11.30      Call and Response song

11.30-12.30      Dance Session  Agbajah

12.30-13.00     Lunch

13.00- 14.00    Dance Session Practice

14.00- 15.00    Performance

Sample Timetable with a school (45 minutes per class)

 

 

2 Practitioners

09.00-09.15    Assembly

09.30-10.15    Dance Session

10.15-11.00     Dance Session

11.00-11.45     Dance Session

11.45-12.30     Dance Session

12.30-13.00    Lunch

13.00- 13.45   Dance Session

13.45- 14.30   Dance Session

14.30-15.00    Closing Performance

One practitioner can offer nine 30 minute sessions with 40 students in each session throughout the day.

 

Or one class or year group could explore drum, song, dance and art all in one day!

Sample Timetable with one class

 

 

1 Practitioner

09.00-09.20    Assembly

09.30-10.30     Dance Session Panlogo

10.30-11.30      Call and Response song

11.30-12.30      Dance Session  Agbajah

12.30-13.00     Lunch

13.00- 14.00    Dance Session Practice

14.00- 15.00    Performance

Dance Workshops for Primary Schools

 

A wonderful, enthralling and truly genuine experience

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