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Soweto Jive Dance Workshop – South African Dance Workshop

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The most obvious benefit of dance for children is that they are active. Dancers move across the floor, spin, stretch, jump and leap into the air. There are many other benefits of dancing, including fitness, developing balance, losing weight, understanding the importance of being active, building confidence and developing expressive skills.  Children who dance become less concerned with body image and more focused on simply performing for enjoyment. Introducing your kids to dance also teaches them how to express themselves better through non-verbal cues.

The class is led by Isabelle Doll Ngcobo, Soweto Street Beat’s Artistic Director and choreographer. As a life long professional dancer, she began her training at the age of seven, studying ballet at the Riverlea Ballet Center in Johannesburg and continues to perform all over the world.

In 1990 she was nominated for Best Contemporary Choreographer at the Dance Umbrella Vita Awards. In 1996, she was guest choreographer, and the only African, at the Cultural Olympiad during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta GA.

The unique dance styles taught stem from South African ethnic groups such as the Zulu, Swazi, Venda, Shangaan, Bushmen, Sotho, and Xhosa.

Age: K-12 and Adults

Class Length: 60 Minutes for 8 weeks

Class Time: Class can be offered as After School program in local school gym at 3:30PM and later. Also evenings or weekends are available for Kids and Adults.  Kids classes can be scheduled with Adult classes immediately following.

Fees: $10 per class and $10 for recital. Includes students wearing South African cultural dress and makeup during recital.

Class Size: Minimum 20 maximum 50

Class Storage: Storage space needed will depend on the number of students in the class.  The number of drums used in class increases as the number of students increases.

Drum Kingdom – South African Drum Workshop

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Drumming has been used traditionally for centuries to release emotional stress, raise the spirit, enhance clarity and focus, and develop co-operation and community bonds. The therapeutic work we do at Soweto Street Beat focuses on children and adults with physical, social, mental and emotional disadvantages.

The structures facilitated workshops for adults and children, aimed at developing the child’s potential through drumming. Interactive drumming is a powerful and unifying experience for children and suits all ages. Each participant gets a drum, is taught how to play and through a facilitated circle, learns not only to play, but also to listen to others. This culminates into an exciting and fun experience.

Drumming plays an important role in every child’s development. Beginning at birth, drum music stimulates the brain and provides a platform for listening, language, and creativity, and research shows that children who play an instrument excel academically, including scoring higher on standardized tests.

Recent studies have shown that playing a musical instrument can measurably enhance a child’s life in the following ways:

Intelligence development Engages imagination and creativity
Develops abstract reasoning skills Sharpens problem-solving skills
Emotional development Boosts self-confidence
Builds self discipline Makes learning fun
Physical development Sharpens hand eye coordination
Homes sense of rhythm Social Interaction
Encourages self-expression Builds relations with peers
Promotes concentration and memory retention Brings families together

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Age: K-12 and Adults

Class Length: 60 Minutes for 10 weeks

Class Time: Class can be offered as After School program in local school gym at 3:30PM and later. Also evenings or weekends are available for Kids and Adults. Kids classes can be scheduled with Adult classes immediately following.

Fees: Negotiable

Class Size: Minimum 20 Maximum 50

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Email peterb@sowetostreetbeat.net or call 404-587-7792