African Dance Workshops and Camps

Organization Sponsor: Maritime Centre for African Dance

Organization Partner: Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage (now Economic and Rural Development and Tourism)


Program Description

Every year, MCAD holds Afro Dance Camps, (trademarked) for children/youth ages 8-Adults, which features cultural dance from areas such as Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia and South Africa to learning to play traditional instruments such as Marimba, (xylophone), jembe (drum), and mbira (thumb piano). ANYONE of any background, with or without dance experience is encouraged to come to this camp.
The main goals of the Camps are:
To increase cultural awareness around Canada and the world
To share in the culture and celebration of cultural dance
The Maritime Centre for African Dance (MCAD), formed in 2005, is an organization dedicated to teaching, sharing and promoting African Culture though the art of dance, to youth and adults across Nova Scotia and Canada. To date, MCAD has taught well over 20000 children and adults in schools, community centres, camps and programs. This number is ever increasing. This organization was formed out of a necessity for lack of cultural representation in the form of traditional dance in Nova Scotia. It is a collective of different individuals from Africa who have are trained in traditional dance and ranges from the South, North, West and East of Africa.

Program Approximate Cost: 

Price varies from 1 hour workshop to week long.

Funding Sources: 

Maritime Center for African Dance and NS Dept of Culture. The week long camp is $400.00.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Camps and worshops can be 1 hour to 1 week long and are offered throught out the province. Scholarships are also available.

Impact Of Program: 

The week long camps are well attended and more apply that can participate. Usally these camps are hekp for aroung 80 students. Over 2,000 kids have participated in workshops ans camps since 2005.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback from participants.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Offerings forms of dance that are new to most Nova Scotians. There are 6 teachers who travel to schools and community centers

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Sometimes it is hard to get kids to try new activities but most really enjoy the energy and powerful music of African Dance.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This project began in 2005 and is on going.

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