Fitness Drumming and Dance

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There is an arrow pointing backward in time from an ethnic music and dance performance to its indigenous origins. The arrow points in a spiritual direction. The health and fitness benefits of the practice stem from the original design and cultural integration at its roots, so the more the activity pulls in undiluted from the original sources the greater the benefit as designed by its creators. Drumsouldance looks to incorporate this philosophy and implementation in the music and dance for fitness and wellness

Indigenous Percussion Ensembles usually bring together different instrument types choreographed into interlocking rhythms which have the potential to trigger connected rhythms in the brain and body. When we are in motion, body rhythms get synchronized with the instrument rhythms which in turn entrains the brain rhythms of the mind and enhances the music experience whether musician, dancer or spectator.
— David Hale, from recent musical and cultural studies

I extracted those ideas from my recent experiences as a docent museum tour guide at the world famous Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and participation in regular African percussion ensembles workshops and classes. My favorite tour is conducting the Ensemble tour at MIM. I conduct drum circles there also and have participated  in workshops and led drum circles in Arizona and Texas

The fitness component of live music and dance has been established, even now scientifically. My past career is health science with an MS in Biophysics. I have a resident Physical Therapist, my wife, and it is her career that kept me in the health sciences when I went into IT to build our retirement.

Please see my ABOUT page and scroll down to view my history below.

— DrumSoulDance
World Percussion Ensembles
Phoenix, Arizona

DrumSoulDance is a place to bring together wellness music and dance for brain, body and spirit. My mission for DrumSoulDance is to adapt the unifying practices and health benefits of indigenous drumming and dancing for all generations of any population regardless of music and performing skills, or cultural heritage.

The following videos show slower dance styles and then a montage from Europe of slow and fast styles:

DrumSoulDance About Page and Mission

A DrumSoulDance movement recreational therapy type program can consist of:

  • Ensemble percussion group
  • Integrated Dance Rhythms derived originally from indigenous sources
  • A drum circle integrated with the activities

My training includes Drum Circle Facilitator Andrew Ecker, a HealthRhythms trained practitioner: Drumming Sounds Facilitator Training Certificates 2016,2015:


Completed: West-african-drumming-master-workshop

View My > wellness-balance-diagram. A simple thought visualization of the health music and dance spectrum.

About David Hale MS Biophysical Sciences, Linkedin Profile

Linda Hale MPT,AZ Lic, Consulting Physical Therapist for movement fitness and physiology, specialist in manual therapy and evaluation.

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