Renowned percussionist Sergei performs non-stop entertainment as he dances Cossack style, plays numerous traditional Russian percussion instruments and inspires the audience to sing and clap along! Combining both traditional Russian melodies with pop, jazz, Latin and contemporary, this program provides students with an insight into the breadth of percussive sounds.
Paper lantern making has an ancient history in China. Join Ting in this hands on workshop where students will make their own colourful paper lanterns and practice Chinese calligraphy to decorate them. Students will learn about the history, symbolism and uses of lanterns in festivals and celebrations across China.
Students will learn about the history and symbolism of the Lion Dance, an art form that dates back to the 12th century. It is believed to bring good fortune, prosperity and longevity. As well as gaining an insight into ancient Chinese culture, students will love seeing the lion close up to see how it is operated.
Brilliant musician and ethnomusicologist Zheng Ting Wang’s presentation uses stories to convey and engage students in the cultural landscape and musical history of China. He will demonstrate different wind, percussion and string instruments – including the Sheng or Chinese mouth organ, a truly magical instrument. Finally, students will learn a percussion accompaniment and play a Chinese folk song alongside Ting.
The Multicultural All Day Program allows a choice of five programs. You can choose to explore one culture, language or topic in depth or travel the world with a program from each continent! Students split into two groups and rotate between 25 minute sessions then come together to finish and celebrate the day together in a 50 minute session.
The musical cultures of West Africa are explored through rhythms and songs from Ghana, Guinea and Senegal. Students will be introduced to a range of instruments such as the djembe, dun dun drums, shekere, talking drum, balafon and more! This program is interactive and students will be playing the drums and other percussion instruments.
Introduce your students to Arabic cultures through stories and movement. The traditional meaning behind a belly dance routine is taught to students in this engaging and high-energy program! From classical music to modern pop and dance styles from Egypt to the Arabian Gulf.
Bollywood is an important part of modern Indian culture, it incorporates film, music and of course – dance! This program presents a vibrant Bollywood Dance workshop where students will learn about the folk and classical origins or the dances and the symbolism of some of the moves. Students will learn a short routine backed by awesome Bollywood tunes and get to try some colourful props and outfits too.
The earliest known drums in China date back to four thousand years ago! Drums are still an important part of public celebration and students will love the rhythm and colour of the performance. In this interactive drumming workshop students will learn about Chinese music by playing it!
A high energy workshop where presenters will discuss the history and philosophy of martial arts in China and demonstrate different styles of Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi. This workshop can be adapted to different ages and physical abilities. For larger groups or demonstrations our presenters can organise a live Chinese drumming accompaniment