Kids African Drum, Dance & Cultural Arts Program

Attention parents: Are you looking for something artistic, culturally enriching, educational and fun for your kids to try? Well look no further, the West African Cultural Arts Institute is teaming up with the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley to engage kids with a Drum and Dance Class Series and a spectacular Culminating Event. All classes take place Monday-Friday, March 16th-27th from 4:30-5:30 pm with the Culminating Event happening on Friday, March 27th from 5-6 pm.

The class series will invigorate kids by learning poly-rhythmic drumming, traditional and contemporary group dancing, call and response singing and other percussion music like shakers and rhythm sticks. Each class will begin with an interactive and hands on cultural lesson complete with actual props from West Africa. These lessons will touch upon West African history, geography and culture which reinforce the themes that will be focused upon throughout the day.

The class series culminates with a performance event for families of participants and gives students an opportunity to share what they’ve learned throughout the week. Authentic, West African performance group, Fefafe will finish out the evening with an explosive performance that will dazzle audience members of all ages!

Membership to the Boys and Girls Club is required for participation in this program, so if your kids don't already have one, memberships can be purchased at the club located at 1545 W. 22nd Avenue in the Westmoreland Building. The cost for BGC membership $36 and will allow your children access to all of the great programs at BGC for an entire year. WACAI will waive their $5 class fee for any kids that purchase a new membership.

Drum and Dance Classes Monday-Friday, March 16-27, 2015 4:30-5:30 pm
$5 registration fee per child (free for kids purchasing a new BGC membership $36)

Culminating Event Friday, March 27, 2015 5--6 pm
Free admission (members and family members and friends)
This project made possible in part by a grant by Lane Arts Council with support from the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division.