African Dance &
|Home||BYCIA Dance & Workshops||Community Work||Well-Being Coaching
South African Dance & Letters to Mandela
Workshop with Denise Stephani
South African Dance Workshop participants will learn SA history, interesting facts and language as part of this dance workshop. Mandela loved to dance and used it during the struggle as a form of protest! The workshops can be adapted to all ages and abilities and also delivered as a Professional Development session for teachers.
West Lothian Street Moves group in rehearsal with Denise centre-front
There is an award winning optional teaching resource - Letters to Mandela - with information about South Africa, Apartheid and Nelson Mandela. The book includes wonderful art, writing and nonsense poems from South African/Scottish children on the subjects of famous peace efforts, conflict resolution and ending violence. This is dedicated to Nelson Mandela and the 20 year anniversary of the New South Africa.
The different dance styles, traditional, Zulu Warrior, Gumboot, Pantsula and the modern Humba street dance routine are taught along a historical timeline showing the development of the dance styles and Western influences. The modern Humba African Street routine was launched at Big Dance UK in 2012 as part of the Olympics. It has fun, funky, cardio moves to African beat and techno rhythms. Great for Health, African or Global Citizenship/Awareness theme weeks! Watch the video on YouTube or below.
Parts of this popular routine are taught in the workshop and learners often choose to perform it at assembly and school events. This routine is going to be part of the Fife Aberdour Festival and Commonwealth Games celebrations in 2014. Participants would learn a simpler, shorter version of it and will be able to add their own moves into the dance-off section.
Examples of Interesting Facts that students will learn
Students are welcome to bring their own props to add to the fun of the workshop:-
Gumboot and Pantsula dance
Zulu Warrior and African Street
Craft project idea and accessories:
South African Dance & Mandela
South American Salsa
Seated Dance & Exercise
Dance Exercise & Body Conditioning
In the Wings Domestic Violence & Abuse
Workshops tailored to your needs - contact Denise
|Top of Page||Contact Denise|
© Denise Stephani 2014. All rights reserved.