Classes

Traditional African Drum and Dance Classes
Taught by the Mbongi family

 

Congolese Dance Class @ the University of Michigan School of Performance Art

Congolese Dance and Drumming Class
@ Albion college

Congolese Dance Lecture @ Oakland University

After School Program@ Detroit Public Schools

Congolese Drumming Class @ the University of Michigan Residential College

Congolese Drumming Class @ the Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor's teen center



Dancing @ the University of Michigan School of Performance Art

 * Taught by Biza Sompa

* Every Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
and Friday, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

* 1 credit per semester

 

This class teaches students the basics of Congolese history and dance , including dance technique, rhythms, choreography, and traditional songs. The class culminates in an end of semester performance. Through dancing, students learn self-esteem, self-expression and the importance of movement as an art form and community building tool.


Drumming and Dancing @ Albion College in Albion, Michigan

 * Taught by Titos Sompa

* Every Friday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

* 1 credit per semester

 

Titos' classes incorporate high intensity rhythms, unrestrained body movements and the songs of everyday life in the Congo. Participants will learn drumming techniques, traditional songs and dance combinations choreographed by Titos. This invitation to move together is a way to begin community life and share ideas about life and freindship through dance and music. All levels of drum and dance experiance are welcome. Matondo.


Congolese Dance Lecture @ Oakland College near Detroit, Michigan

 * Taught by Titos Sompa

* Every Tuesdays and Thurdays 3:30 PM - 5:45 PM

* 3 credit per semester

 

This lecture teaches the history, traditions and culture of the peoples of the African Congo. Subjects include traditional dance, music, customs and rituals. Especially emphasized is the powerful link between these traditions and the African American culture of today, whose roots stretch back to the Congo through the history of the slave trade and the New Orleans tradition at Congo Square.


After School Programs @ Detroit Public Schools

 * Taught by Titos Sompa

* Every Monday 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM and Wednesday 2:30 - 5:30

* Free to all youth

 

These K-12 after-school programs provide inner-city youth with safe, educational after-school alternatives which promote community, respect and an understanding of cultural roots and values. Through traditional Congolese drum and dance, taught by the dynamic Titos Sompa, children build self-esteem, cultural awareness and musical talent. Through the musical traditions of the Congo, Titos promotes strong connections to family and community, and a vibrant respect for the knowledge and experiance of one's elders.


Drumming @ the University of Michigan Residential College

* Taught by Titos Sompa

Not currently offered

 

This class teaches students the basics of Congolese drumming style, including drumming technique, rhythms, drum care, and traditional songs. The class culminates in an end of semester performance. Through drumming, students learn self-esteem, self-expression and the importance of music as an art form and community building tool.


Drumming @ the Neutral Zone: Ann Arbor's Teen Center

* Taught by Titos Sompa

Not currently offered

Held at the Neutral Zone, this class gives high-school aged youth a chance to experience the benefits of Congolese drumming within a safe, supportive environment. The classes are free and provide a productive activity for teens during high-risk after-school hours.

 



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