Hartbeats West African Dance Classes

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Hartbeats West African Dance Classes

Time: January 21, 2018 from 5pm to 6:30pm
Location: Arts4every1 Cafe Space
Street: Desborough Road
City/Town: High Wycombe
Event Type: dance, class
Organized By: Justine Hart
Latest Activity: Jan 9, 2018

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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.

>>> Don't be concerned if you're a beginner - we'll step through the moves slowly to begin with.

21st January is the first of a block of 4 classes. If you have not attended these classes before, you can come and try it on 21st January and pay for just this class £8 (cash on the day). 

If you like it and want to continue, you'll need to pay £24 in full for the remaining 3 classes on: 

4th Feb
11th Feb
4th March

If you have attended Hartbeats African Dance classes before, the 4 week course is £32

If you have attended Hartbeats African Dance classes before and you are also a member of Hartbeats Vitae Drummers who drums weekly, the 4 week course is £26

Payable by cash on or by 21st January or via bank transfer in advance. Please ask for bank details.

>>> To book your place or if you have any questions please send an email to justine@hartbeats.co.uk

These will all take place at Arts4every1 on Sundays 5 - 6.30 pm


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 and dundun drumming rhythms from West Africa. I also run African drumming activities for many different types of organisations. 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, Pippa Beckford, 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

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