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Teaching Philosophy

West African dance and drumming bring the learner through an experience that transcends the mind and brings one into the realm of joy. This is my mission - to inspire and to create experiences that are bigger than everyday life and, in doing so, bridge and inspire students to embrace the different cultures of the world. In working with an ensemble of traditional drums ā€“ students learn that their part ā€“ however small ā€“ is valued and important no matter where they come from! This type of group work creates an environment of cooperation, building the foundation for strong community participation, listening skills, hand eye coordination and certainly respect for ones self and others as well as for the people and arts of other cultures. Dancing and drumming opens many channels physically and emotionally that are often new and exciting for any learner, regardless of age.