Updated: Mar 29

In partnership with J.H.Russell West End Academy

"This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency

- the National Endowment for the Arts."

Exploring West African Dance and drum is a program which objective is to present to the students of H.J. Russell West End Academy some of the heritages of a country from West Africa. The students will get the opportunity to learn the rich educational history, the dance and the drumming of the selected country. This program will run from February 25 to March 11, a little bit delayed due to scheduling conflict. Manga African Dance has worked diligently with the awesome team of the faculty, with the school principal to be able to offer this opportunity to the H.J. Russell West End Academy's middle schoolers.

The program is currently running

in collaboration with the Creative Arts Guild and the Jonas Artist Program

Manga African Dance provided a total of 14 performances to schools in the Dalton GA and its surroundings. The residency, virtually held was an opportunity for Manga to celebrate Black History Month with its signature program Rhythm in Motion (RIM): The pulsating sounds of Sunu (ceremonial music played by the Malinke people of Guinea and Mali during traditional festivals) transport students to the villages of West Africa, where popular American dances such as the Charleston and popular hiphop moves were born.

"Our students are enjoying your presentation so very much. Our youngest City Park students were with you this morning. The City Park music teacher continued the learning." Lisa

On-site: Agape Youth and Family Center

Drumming sequence

Audience participation