SSL Certificate

Traditional African Music & Dance

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.

Upcoming Events

  • The Fine Arts Christmas Festival - December 7th and 8th at 7:00 pm in the Main Gym

Sankofa Production 2018: Violet, a story about loveThank you to those who came out for last year's Sankofa Production of Violet. TAMD and Sankofa Company celebrated another successful year of classes, workshops, field trips, and productions. 


Traditional African Music & Dance Courses

Traditional 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
Level II – Beginner
Level III – Intermediate
Level IV – Advanced

For Full Course Offerings & Descriptions:

Course Bulletin 

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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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