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A Taste of Africa

Feel the rhythm of the drums, explore the raw energy of the dance and be captivated by culture in this well rounded, educational incursion program.

Taste of Africa is a popular program that we have designed after years of teaching in schools in Australia and internationally. Students, teachers and the school community enjoy having a ‘taste’ of each of the three activities on offer as well as experiencing a high-energy world-class performance delivered by our talented artists. 

Developed in collaboration with performing arts educator Belinda Annan (BCA, BT, Teacher of Drama at Melbourne Grammar School) it is an engaging and educational incursion package that caters for the very beginner to the more advanced and takes into account a range of learning needs. Our facilitators are among Australia’s best African performers making the workshops both inspiring and engaging.

A Taste of Africa works around the key theme of bringing the school community together. After enjoying a live performance including drumming, dance and acrobatics, students, teachers and school communities alike, are challenged to work together while having fun during the workshop. During the live performance, participants learn about life in a local village in Ghana. They hear stories and explore some of the everyday tasks that children their ages do like collecting water and carrying bowls on their heads. 

In the drumming workshops, participants learn the basics of playing a djembe drum and build up to a point where they explore polyrhythmic drumming patterns, requiring them to listen to each other and work together in order to make music.

The dance workshop explores traditional West African dances. Students are usually unfamiliar with this technique and are challenged by the unique movement pathways.

A Taste of Africa celebrates the power of diversity in our ever-changing multicultural society. It brings school communities together, challenges their ideas of the African culture and allows them to connect with the artists in a meaningful way.

This incursion package has toured extensively throughout Victoria and Queensland including 5 times with Regional Arts Victoria and once with ArtsLink/Queensland Music Festival, as well as visiting many schools independently throughout Melbourne and Victoria.

Asanti Dance Theatre artists are extremely approachable, and the Q & A session is always popular. Questions are varied and the artists enjoy answering an array of questions like ‘Do you have TVs in Africa?’ and ‘What do you eat?’.

  • Space Requirements

    D:4m x W:6m x H:3m minimum space required. For larger groups we split the students into 2 groups and rotate them through the workshops. This requires 2 x open spaces ie: gym, double classroom etc. With student numbers 150 or less we can deliver the program in the one space.

  • Curriculum links

    The Arts – Drama, The Arts – Dance, The Arts – Music, Health and Physical Education, Humanities – Civics and Citizenship.

  • Capabilities

    Personal and Social, Intercultural.

  • Program duration

    2 hours

Book now and receive a free Teacher Resource Kit

Ideal for levels Foundation to Year 10

We love sharing our culture with the students! 

Catholic Regional College
As part of Refugee Week, we had the privilege of hosting talented performers from Asanti Dance Theatre for an interactive and captivating lunchtime performance. It was an incredible experience that reminded us of the power of cultural diversity and the importance of embracing and celebrating our global community.
Mater Christi College - Belgrave
Thanks to Asanti Dance Theatre for such and engaging morning. The students thoroughly enjoyed their "A Taste of Africa" experience and will now be ready to create their own African Drums composition, as part of their Music curriculum.
Wangaratta West Primary School
Blown away at Wangaratta West PS today. You guys are incredibly talented and so beautiful with the kids. We appreciated your fascinating performance so so much...  thank you ever so kindly.
We specialise in West African school incursions, interactive performances, drumming and dance workshops, motivational team building and professional development. We also provide world-class entertainment for corporate functions, festivals and private and community events. Book a free chat!

Experience A Taste of Africa at your School

Call Kat on +61 407 819 816
Email: info@asantidancetheatre.com
Based in Melbourne | Naarm, Australia
Operating Nationally