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Expression offers programs designed for adults to explore and discover there creative self! Play to learn! Presented to respond to diverse learning styles of individuals and individual abilities and interests.

These programs may be implemented in the community agencies, non-profit organizations and business corporation

West African Drumming & Song

“If you can sing it you can play it”

Why Drum?

A drum circle creates a sense of unity and synergy with members in the group! Drumming is energizing and release stress in our day-to-day lives!

In a fun and supportive environment participants will discover their rhythmic abilities!

We will teach basic hand drumming techniques and show participants how to appropriately play the Djembe and percussion instruments. Individuals will become familiar with the sounds of the Djembe- the base, tone and slap.

Vocal and Body Percussion

We will use a unique approach to teach these rhythms. Through vocal and body percussion participants will vocalize and dance each rhythm. This will enable participants to play the rhythms on the drum.

Breaks and Calls

At this point we will introduce breaks and calls to the rhythms, which indicate a change in tempo, rhythm or beat. The group will be divided into section; each group will play a different rhythm learned.

Polyrhythms

The overlapping of rhythms creates a polyrhythm. The interweaving rhythms create a feeling of synergy. An amazing experience! Once the basic rhythms are master we will layer a song to accompany this ensemble… the outcome is phenomenal!

This proves to be fun and energizing for all!

The overlapping of rhythms creates a polyrhythm . The interweaving rhythms create a feeling of synergy. An amazing experience! Once the basic rhythms are master we will layer a song to accompany this ensemble… the outcome is phenomenal!

This proves to be fun and energizing for all!

 

Gaia Dance Performance

Movement Programs “Dance fusion”

We also offer movement programs, which integrate diverse cultural dance forms from West African to Modern Contact Dance. We call this dance fusion. The results of these movement programs have been many productions performed to live drum, percussion, and vocal ensembles performed throughout BC. Previous productions include Gaia, Essence, the Source, and Infinity. “IMAGE” is an ongoing Expression performing troupe formed in 1999.

Performance Troupe

Performance based programs are set in a series of workshop formats. We will introduce basic choreography concepts as we teach the dance forms. Participants will develop performance piece through interactive dance sessions. Angela Roy choreographs the framework of the piece and the participants support this development through a fusion of dance forms. The musical drum & percussion piece is selected and rehearsed with the dancers.