African DanceTraditional African Dance & Music

Few people in the West know much about Traditional African Music and Dance or are aware that it possesses precise rules and codified movements. Traditional African Music and Dance is an essential element of Africa's cultural heritage because it is the living expression of its philosophy, and the living memory of its evolution and cultural wealth over the centuries.

Specific and required skill sets and techniques in African drumming and dance are introduced, nurtured, instilled, and developed for general/specific knowledge in ancient traditions of music and dance forms with particular attention to its societal contexts and relevance.



African Dance & Music Courses

African Music and Dance is a performing arts class. Students will learn the fundamentals by studying dances from countries of Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Guinea and Ivory Coast collaborated using dance theatre to bring our much expected, annual show every April: Sankofa Night.

Courses offered:
Level I – Introductory/Beginner #9875
Level II – Beginner #9876
Level III – Intermediate #9877
Level IV – Advanced #9878

Upcoming Fine Arts Events 2016-17

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Mark your calendars. Click on link below for more information on each event as it becomes available.
  • FA Boosters Meeting 9/20
  • FADE Colloquium #1 10/5
  • 5K for the Arts 10/15
  • Tri M Induction & Recital 10/25
  • Fall Musical Man of La Mancha: 11/11-13, 11/18-20
  • WAMTC Fall Band Festival 12/3
  • Christmas Fine Arts Festival 12/9-10
  • FADE Colloquium #2 12/12
  • FADE Colloquium #3 - Jan. 19th
  • FADE Senior Showcase 2/9
  • Music Trip Meeting 3/7 at 7pm
  • Spring Play: 3/17-19
  • P.G. County Music Festival 3/22-25
  • Music Trip 3/29 - 4/2
  • Dance Festival 4/7-8
  • Jazz Lab & Jazz Ensemble Concert 4/10
  • Sankofa 4/27-29
  • Concert Band, Symphonic Band & Percussion Ensemble Concert 5/4
  • Choir Concert 5/5
  • St. Genesius Theater Awards 5/6
  • Dance Showcase 5/11
  • String Orchestra & Wind Ensemble Concert 5/12
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Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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