West African Drumming & Dance

Classes  |  Courses  |  Workshops  |  On Demand in 2018!

A specialist in West African Drumming & Dance for more than 20 years, Neeni offers fun, instructional classes, courses and one-off workshops that combine the irresistible rhythms and high-energy dances of West African folklore to create an unforgettable experience that exhilarates and energises mind, body and spirit. 

 
 

Session Descriptions

West African Drumming

Neeni-tuti's African Drumming class is like no other. Stomp, drum, beat and clap your way into some serious percussion energy as you learn a mixture of funky polyrhythmic beats from traditional West African arrangements, and the pulsating undertones of popular culture. Learn Djembe and Doundoun drumming technique, the cultural significance and context behind traditional rhythms, and the relationship between drummer and dancer. 

West African Dance

Dynamic, positive and inspiring is how you might describe an encounter with Neeni-tuti! Her African Dance workshops are an exhilarating, fun, expressive and athletic workout to exciting African rhythms! Learn traditional West African movements and dance sequences from Guinea and Senegal - the inspirational force behind today's popular world street styles! West African Dance combines elements of music, rhythm, and fitness that exercise mind, body and spirit. African dance is about FUN, freedom and personal expression. 

 

Afrobeat for Kids

Experienced teacher, Neeni Tuti captures the imagination of her young students while inspiring cultural awareness, diversity, team spirit, connection and self-esteem through African drumming and dance. Children will learn traditional African rhythms and movements in a FUN, inclusive and uplifting atmosphere. 


Classes will also feature:


• Exciting musical games

• Moving to the beat

• Improvisation and jamming

• Call and response

• How to create different sounds on the drum (Kids 2)

• Thunderous drum rolls

• Basic rhythms and drum solos

• Counting, pitch and volume control

• Wearing the ‘conductor’s cap’ (Kids 2)

• Learning a performance piece (Kids 2)

 
 

About Neeni...

Following a trip to Africa in 1995, Afrobeat Founder and Principle Facilitator Janine Rew became fascinated with African Rhythm and subsequently studied Traditional Percussion and dance under renowned master A. Epizo Bangoura from Guinea, West Africa for 12 years.


A versatile and respected professional, Janine hails from a diverse background of more than 25 years of formal dance training and performance. The only female ‘African style’ percussionist to be endorsed by Billy Hydes (Australia’s largest retailer of percussion), she has been instructing individuals and groups in West African percussion and dance technique, and facilitated drumming circles with diverse audiences for the past 19 years. 


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Neeni's personal guarantee...

•Quality instruction by experienced facilitator with 20 years teaching experience

•Passionate teacher with a gift for teaching and a love for sharing her craft 

•Authentic African Djembe Drums for supplied for every participant

•Personal advice and recommendations on buying djembes for your group or yourself

•A fun, relaxed, inclusive, non competitive ‘community’ environment

•Progressive learning

•Learning and teaching styles to suit everyone!

•Sessions allow ample time to unwind, warm up, learn some technique, a whole rhythm/dance, and practice it! (And practicing is the part that allows you to enjoy what you’ve learned as well as build stamina and fitness) 

•Understand the relationship between drumming and dance and learn to drum for the dancer! 

•Develop your musicality and embrace the cultural significance behind the rhythms and dances

•Opportunities to perform at cultural festivals and community events

 

Check out some photos of Neeni's classes over the years...

Mob:     0416 262 388

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

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Client Testimonials...

  • "Afrobeat were amazing! I've had many complements from staff, parents and the children. WELL DONE and thank you."
    AFROBEAT FOR KIDS
    Knaith Road Childcare Centre
  • "Exceeded expectations - thank you!"
    TEAM BUILDING DRUMMING
    Hare & Klein - Sarah
 

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