African Dance and Dundun Dance and Drumming Bash
December 8 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
African Dance and Dun Dun Dance and Drumming Bash
My name is Justine Hart and I run Hartbeats African Dance, Dundun Dance and African Drumming classes in Buckinghamshire. I also provide workshops for schools, community groups, parties, team building events and festivals around the UK. I’ve been studying these art forms since 1998 and regularly travel to West Africa. I hope that you’re interested in trying out my classes at Wycombe Arts Centre – new dancers are always welcome!
West African djembe and dundun drumming is exciting and powerful and so dancing to live drumming is a really exhilarating experience. This style of African dance has such a variety of moves which uses many different parts of the body helping mobility and muscle strength. Research has also shown that dancing is good for the brain. African dance can be a great cardio work out too. You’ll get fit whilst having fun!
Over the 4 sessions you will learn choreography for a specific rhythm which originates from West African countries such as Guinea and Mali. The dunduns provide the bass drum melody which usually defines which rhythm we are dancing to. One of the djembe drummers marks the steps and plays a “call” which is a phrase to tell the dancers to change from one move to the next.
Dundun Dance is the same but in addition the dancers play the dundun drums as well as dance. This might not suit everyone especially if you have no drumming experience or find drumming harder to do whilst moving your feet – although you might not know until you try it! A typical Dundun Dance routine will include learning the dundun part that is played whilst stepping and also learning some drumming “breaks”. There are sections where we move away from the dunduns and dance without drumming. Overall there is less actual dancing than there is within my African Dance classes.
This type of dancing will be a new experience for some people and you probably won’t know what to expect which is why I put on the trail classes so that you can try it out. I advise people during the classes to dance according to what their body can do. We always start with a warm up – it’s really important to be on time for the class so that you can get your body prepared and there is a cool down at the end too.
Traditionally both styles are danced barefoot and I would recommend this. If you’re not up for this then wear something to suit dancing – I’d suggest a flat and flexible sole. Also wear something you can move in and bring a bottle of water.
22nd September Dundun Dance 1, 3.30 – 5.30 pm (trial class)
22nd September African Dance 1, 5.30 – 7 pm (trial class)
6th October African Dance 2, 5.30 – 7 pm
13th October Dundun Dance 2, 5 – 7 pm
20th October African Dance 3, 5.30 – 7 pm
3rd November African Dance 4, 5.30 – 7 pm
10th November Dundun Dance 3, 5 – 7 pm
1st December Dundun Dance 4, 5 – 7 pm
8th December African Dance, Dundun Dance and Drumming Bash, 4 – 7 pm. This session brings together all those who attend my West African drumming classes, African Dance and Dundun Dance classes. It’s an end of year social gathering where we’ll get to play or dance through whatever we have been working on this year, sharing it with everyone else.
Booking in advance is essential, especially for Dundun Dance because I need to know how many dunduns etc to bring. If you are bringing your own, you need to let me know this in advance and you need to bring your own stands and sticks.
Everyone is welcome to attend 22nd September and do both or just one of classes:
22nd September Dundun Dance 1, 3.30 – 5.30 pm £10 (£9 if you bring your own dundun, stand and sticks)
22nd September African Dance 1, 5.30 – 7 pm £8
Discount for booking both classes £16
Please bring cash on the day if paying for just 22nd September
Each of the African Dance and Dundun Dance routines that started on 22nd Sept will then be developed further over the following weeks:
Dundun Dance 2, 3 & 4: £30 for 13th Oct, 10th Nov, 1st Dec (£27 if you bring your own dundun, stand and sticks)
African Dance 2, 3- & 4: £24 for 6th Oct, 20th Oct, 3rd Nov
Discount for booking both courses £48 (£45 if bring your own dundun, stand and sticks)
Full payment is required by 6th or 13th Oct.You can pay in cash or ask me for the bank details if you would like to pay by bank transfer.
There is no option to pay for any one-off classes after 22nd Sept.