The Wacheva Cultural Arts of Syracuse presents an African Dance and Drum workshop. Participants will learn about the historical significance of Africa dance and drums, while training in the art forms -- and can have fun learning while dancing. Students separate into two groups — one for dance, the other for drumming. After 30 minutes, they switch places. In addition to basic rhythms and simple dance movements, students learn about the symbolic and historical significance of what they are performing. The program culminates with everyone coming together to perform a traditional African song, accompanied by live drums. Artistic Director Biboti Ouikahilo states the significance of this program in the following quote; “Music and dance have flourished in Africa for thousands of years. Wacheva’s hands-on activities not only create a positive, inclusive space but also foster a sense of community. There is something primal about what we do that connects people at a core level.” The connections created during this brief introduction to African dance will be impactful and long lasting.
Saturday, October 12 at 2:00pm
Hewitt Union, Ballroom
Hewitt Union, Union Rd, Oswego, NY 13126