Diaspora West African Drum and Dance Traditions Workshop

  • Jeannine Osayande & Dunya Performing Arts Company


Good dancing and drumming restores the community to wholeness.

African Proverb

Dunya Performing Arts Company members lay the groundwork for cultural sensitivity through intense study of the elements of various Diaspora West African drum, dance, song, storytelling, and masquerade traditions from Mali, Guinea, Senegal, The Ivory Coast, and Ghana. Our residency offers an artistic platform for participants to create, imagine, ask questions, think critically, and develop skills that add value to their community. Neo-traditional dance involves oral and physical communication between the dancer and drummer. Students learn how to listen to dance directions that are embedded within the language of the drum rhythms as they explore polyrhythmic movements, spacial awareness, and how dance affirms specific community values.

Price & Info


Workshop Cost per Day: $800

Travel Fee: $75 per day


Audience Limit: 25

Program Length: 45

Workshop Minimum # of Days: 1

Appropriate For Grade(s): 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th



Arts Appreciation Month

Black History Month

End of Year Celebration

International Drum Month


National Arts & Humanities Month

National Dance Month

Curriculum Standards

Curriculum Standards

Dance & Movement

Visual & Performing Arts

World Cultures

World History

World Languages