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Traditional African Music & Dance

African 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.


Traditional african music & dance Presents sankofa night 2018: violet, a story about loveViolet, is a Dance Drama that depicts the life of six women who help one another discover the beauty in themselves, in life, and in love. By leaning on each other, they gain the strength to overcome their oppressors and live in their own way. Through music, dance and theatre, Sankofa Night 2018 delves into the highs and lows of these remarkable characters who are loosely based on Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.

Performances: April 26, 27, 28 at 7:00 pm and April 28 & 29 at 2:00 pm

All performances will take place in the Fine Arts Theatre

Tickets will be available for online purchase the week of April 16th



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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