Afrobeat for Kids

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School Workshops and Shows

The Afrobeat experience promotes cultural awareness, social harmony, community engagement and wellbeing through African Drumming and Dance.

Interactive performances and participatory workshops can be designed around particular themes, where the cultural and social significance of each drum and dance piece, the rhythms, traditional folklore and instruments are explained. Students will also learn vocal percussion, call and response, improvisation, identify specific dance movements and choreography, the different drums and how to play them.

Our programs are led by one of Australia's most recognised and respected female instructors and performer of West African drumming and dance. Janine is a trained professional dancer and percussionist with exceptional skills in her profession as a performer, teacher and choreographer. What's more she's an inspiring role model whose infectious exuberance has the ability to energise any group of people. Her sessions are fun, engaging and entertaining, and allow for all abilities to experience success. The Afrobeat experience will leave your students feeling uplifted, energised and inspired.

Janine teams up with professional artists including authentic African drummers and dancers.

African Drumming Workshops

Our African drumming sessions are fun, engaging, and culturally enriching. They foster a sense of connection and celebration, solidarity, self-expression and creativity. This workshop focuses on learning a multi-layered rhythm that requires team work and may include some vocal fun, body percussion and traditional African dance movements too! Students learn the art of working together without words, building dynamic sounds and polyrythmic compositions traditional to West Africa. Students will develop increased self-esteem, communication and listening skills, cultural awareness and tolerance of others' differences, and the ability to work together as a team to create music. They will learn about the meanings and cultural contexts of the rhythms and how this translates to their own life story.

Duration: 60 - 90 min

Group size: Up to 25 Students per group

Suit: Late Primary to Secondary Students

*Check out Afrobeat for Kids for younger children


African Dance Workshops

African dance has traditional roots, which implies that it is creative and not ‘written down’. Participants will learn about the 'people's living library' and how African cultural stories and history are passed from generation to generation. 

In this workshop, students will get to learn a traditional African Dance (from Guinea, West Africa), it's cultural and social context including geography and history, and how traditional moves can represent animals, elements, and everyday activities of the people. African dance, like drumming offers metaphors about life, team work and personal challenges. Neeni may touch on some of these as well as provide an opportunity for kids to practice dancing to the beat of the drum! For an authentic cultural experience there is the option to add LIVE drumming accompaniment so that students can discover the unique dialogue and relationship between drummer and dancer

Duration: 60-90 min

Group size: Unlimited

Suit: Primary & Secondary Students


African Drum & Dance Show

Dynamic, colourful, full of energy and audience interactive! Afrobeat gets kids up and moving, shaking, call and response chanting, clapping percussion, dancing, and drumming to the beat of large African Bass Drums!


Duration: 30 - 45 min

Group size: Unlimited

Suit: Primary and Secondary Students



Want to involve a large number of students or your whole school in the Afrobeat experience? Afrobeat tailor workshops for multiple smaller groups in a round robin experience to allow for everyone to engage in African Drumming or Dance with the option to culminate in an energy-filled interactive  ‘whole group’ celebration lead by Afrobeat at the end of the day!

Duration: 20 - 60 min sessions depending on numbers

Group size: Tailored to suit student numbers

Suit: Primary and Secondary Students


School Term - Course

This School Term Course can be tailored to suit your theme, social issue or curriculum focus. Students will learn multi-layered traditional African rhythms and dance choreography that require team work, creativity and explore personal expression. The cultural and social significance of each drum and dance piece, traditional folklore and instruments are also explained. Students will get to experiment with vocal percussion, call and response, improvisation, identify specific dance movements, the different drums and how to play them. These sessions can culminate in a community/peer performance at the end of school term, where students become involved in organising their own event, costume and set design!

Speciality Themes: 

Student Wellbeing, Team Building, Leadership and Anti-Bullying

Duration: 60 min sessions x 8-10 weeks to suit School Term

Group size: To be discussed

Suit: Primary and Secondary Students

Optional extras: 

Add rehearsal session and student show

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Office:   03 5222 6615

Mob:      0416 262 388


Base:     Geelong | Melbourne

Office Hours:  MON - FRI 9:00 - 5:30 EST

Available in Greater Melbourne, Geelong, the Surf Coast, and Regional Victoria.
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    Aine Tyrrell, Teacher POINT LONSDALE PS
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