Hartbeats African Dance Classes

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Hartbeats African Dance Classes

Time: June 25, 2017 from 5pm to 6:30pm
Location: Hamilton School
Event Type: dance, class
Organized By: Justine Hart
Latest Activity: Jun 12, 2017

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>>> We'll be dancing to live djembe and dundun drumming provided by members of the Hartbeats Vitae Drummers. The rhythms and dances come from West Africa where the lead drummer marks the steps and plays a "call" to tell dancers to change moves.

>>> It's fun, exciting, interesting and is a full body experience - great for improving general flexibility, cardio health and muscle strength.

>>> Many people attending will be beginners - so don't be concerned if you're not experienced. We'll step through the moves slowly to begin with.

This is the first of a block of 4 classes. Want to try it out before signing up for all 4? You can come on 25th June & pay for just this class. If you like it & want to continue, you'll need to pay in full for the remaining 3 classes. 

The 4 week course dates are:
25th June (trial class) Please note this session will take place at Hamilton School
2nd July
23rd July
13th August

4 week course: £32
Or if you're a member of Hartbeats Vitae Drummers and you drum weekly: £26 
Payable by cash on or by 25th June or via bank transfer in advance. Please ask for bank details.

Trial lesson on 25th June: £8 (cash on the day)
After your trial lesson, if you wish to attend any of the remaining 3 classes, you'll need to pay £24. Trial lessons are only open to people who have not attended the Hartbeats African dance classes before.

To book your place, please send an email to justine@hartbeats.co.uk. Email is preferable to a Facebook message in order to help keep track of enquiries. Not everyone is on Facebook so I will also email information and news.

The next 4 week course is: 3rd Sept (trial class), 17th Sept, 1st Oct and 15th Oct

And then: 5th Nov, 12th Nov, 3rd Dec and 10th Dec

The classes are approximately 2 per month. 

West African dancing is usually done barefoot and I highly recommend this. If this isn't possible for you, wear whatever you think you could dance comfortably in. The next best thing would be flat flexible dance pumps. 

In terms of clothes it's up to you just as long as it's something you can move in and not get too hot in!

I've been running a West African drumming class / performance group in High Wycombe and Wendover since 1998. I specialise in djembe & dundun drumming rhythms from West Africa. I also run African drumming activities for many different types of organisations including schools, scout groups, adults with disabilities, local events & businesses e.g. team building. I visit West Africa as frequently as possible and one of the activities I look forward to is studying West Africa dance. Encouraged by members of my drumming group who were also keen to dance, I set up these classes.

The drummers for the dance class are all highly experienced players including Jed Hoile, John Nixon, Joe North, Steven Southall who runs his own African drumming classes at Readipop in Reading and Barry Neilsen who is a professional dundun player for all Hartbeats workshops / classes. It's thanks to the drummers that we're able to enjoy West African dance in High Wycombe!

By the way in case you're interested in drumming too, you can join my Hartbeats Vitae Drummers evening classes any week (Tues in High Wycombe, Weds in Wendover). Just get it touch!

I look forward to dancing with you!
Justine Hart
(new website coming soon!)

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