Folkloric to Flamenco

Born in France to French and Sephardic-Moroccan parents Pauline Maudy teaches Jewish Sephardic songs with influences from Turkey, Greece and the Balkans reflecting the widespread geography of the diaspora. John, a Flamenco guitarist, will accompany the songs and teach ‘palmas’, the clapping that is a common accompaniment to Flamenco music. This program can be tailored to Spanish language students.

Songs of Uganda

This workshop from Joseph centres on his heritage from the Baganda tribe in Uganda. He begins by performing traditional songs in the Baganda language accompanied by the Bakisimba dance and Kidigida rhythms. Students accompany Joseph by singing and learning the rhythms. Instruments used include Engoma (drums), Endingidi (tube fiddle), Amadinda (xylophone) and Adungu (harp).

Middle Eastern Belly Dance and Rhythm with Belyssa

Belyssa presents traditional and contemporary costuming and embroideries from Egypt, Jordan and Morocco and instruments of the Middle East. She uses props like assaya, swords, baskets and sagat to demonstrate regional styles of Bellydance and music from Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Iran. Students participate by practicing different rhythms with clapping, footwork, arm movements and improvisation.

Mbira of Zimbabwe

The Mbira, sometimes called the ‘thumb piano’ is an African instrument. It has been played by the Shona people of Zimbabwe for over a thousand years! George Joe will introduce its origins and history before playing the Mbira and singing some traditional tunes in the Shona language which students will accompany with percussion and singing.

Flamenco Fiesta

Experienced teachers and performers of renowned Flamenco company ‘Alma Flamenca’ present this vibrant and interactive performance including all the elements of Flamenco – dance, guitar, singing and ‘Jaleo’! Students will discover the historical and cultural meaning of Flamenco, a highly intricate and expressive Andalusian art form which portrays both the depths and elation of human emotion. The group participates through upper body work, footwork, percussion and ‘palmas’ (clapping). Spanish language level can be adjusted according to student’s level.

Doudoumba Drumming

Philippe Lincy was born in Guadeloupe and grew up in Guinea and Senegal before moving to Paris and finally Australia. This drumming workshop centres around the Djembe and Dunun from West Africa. Students will learn about different cultural styles of drumming and other instruments like the shekere. This program can be taught in English and French.

Shorat Tursun Trio, Sound of Multicultural Australia

The Shohrat Tursun Trio is a combination of ancient melodies and African rhythms woven into compositions that can only be found in Australia. Shohrat Tursun is a world renowned musician and Uygur Bard, Yaw Derkyi is a Ghanaian elder and percussionist and Richard Petkovic provides the modern twist by actively inviting the musicians to share their cultures in a new way.

West African Dance & Music

In this high-energy program students will be dancing traditional and contemporary styles of West Africa accompanied by music from Senegal, Ghana and Guinea. Students will learn the stories and cultural significance behind the moves and songs and engage in dance, call and response singing and some percussion.

Cool Capoeira

Capoeira is a unique African-Brazilian cultural practice that fuses acrobatics, body expression, tradition, music playing and song singing. Capoeira is an exciting high-energy martial arts disguised as dance that was originally developed by enslaved Africans in Brazil. It was granted status as “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO and today is practiced in hundreds of countries around the world. Masters and teachers of this art are important pillars in their communities passing on knowledge, values and wisdom to their students. Students will be introduced to the instruments and songs of Capoeira, see an athletic display and try some moves themselves.

Rhythm Empire

Rhythm Empire is a theatrical multicultural music and dance extravaganza featuring rhythms, dances, instruments, language and costumes from across the ancient world. The colourful history and cultures of the Silk Road come to life when audiences join the performance, to barter, trade, and perform in a rollicking world music jam!