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Wacheva Cultural Arts offers 2 types of workshops for schools to choose from:
1. An hourly dance/drum workshop (per the school’s request)
2. A full-day dance/drum workshop
A breakdown of the program for the workshops stated above includes the following:
1. An Hourly Dance/Drum Workshop
An hourly workshop means the school determines based on their scheduling the total amount of hour(s) the workshops are to be held. For example, per the school’s request, a two-hour workshop may be broken into four 40-minute sessions with 3 different classes. Regardless of how the school breaks down the hourly sessions, the pricing is based on an hourly rate.
Part 1: All students will participate in learning African dance and drum. They will be separated into two groups — one group is learning dance while the other group is learning drum. After some practice, the two groups then switch so each student experiences African dance and drum.
• Students will be told the name of the dance and drum rhythm that they will learn, it’s place of origin and meaning.
• Each dance step will be broken down to a simple form and taught in an A, B, C-style of instruction. The teacher will verbally play the drum rhythm, much like beatboxing, so the students become familiar with this style of drum rhythm and dance movement before they dance with live drums.
• Once the students are able to dance by themselves, without the teacher showing each step, they will be taught an African song which they will sing before they dance. The students will then repeatedly dance and sing to the beat of live drums.
Part 2: The students will sit down and learn about African culture. As a group, the teacher will explain to them the history of African dance and drum and how they play an intricate role in African culture. The students will learn the different names of the drums and will have an opportunity to ask questions about Africa.
Full-Day Dance/Drum Workshop
A full-day workshop means from the beginning of the school day to the end. It is up to the school and the teaching artist to determine together the day’s schedule. For example, the length of each class, the number of students in each class and the total number of workshops offered. The school is to provide the teaching artist with lunch. The workshops will be taught the same as noted above.