In a spirit of world drum and dance, our little Phoenix group of drummers and percussionists has been working to provide basic African ensemble rhythms for dancers of any age to practice easy fun and fitness dance movements similar to African dance.
We are looking for at least one dance leader to select and lead the dance movements for those goals, accompanied by our live music. Donations or fees would be used to support dance leaders leading any public event. We do have some resources on African dancing.
After conducting drum circles for community organizations and school groups in Texas integrated with Native American Environmental Education, I moved to Phoenix and participate with African ensemble drum and dance groups. I have been working to integrate this music with a drum circle here in Phoenix.
We have had our first public drum and dance event recently and video will soon be available. I also learned about the African Drum and Dance culture as a school tour guide for the International Musical Instrument Museum here in Phoenix.
— David Hale, Lead percussionist and hand drummer
A model from the dance community for these kinds of programs can be found on the Dance page.
The fitness component of live music and dance has been established, even now scientifically. My past career is health science research and teaching with an MS in Biophysics.
More information on the fitness benefits can be found on the Dance, Drum and Fitness pages as well as blog posts. The Search menu provides keyword searching of this site.
“West African music and dance provides a unified model for adapting drum and dance circles for wellness and fitness environments. It can be a whole brain and body experience for both players and dancers. With a small or large “engine room”, the term used for the small West African drum section in a steel band, a set of frame drums for participants that allow them to play sitting or dancing and following the rhythms of West Africa, a fun, entertaining and energetic program can be designed for any fitness oriented activity. A dance or fitness professional would design and monitor the appropriate activity level for the needs of the participants.”
from Lessons From Mali Drum and Dance