Omo Kulu Mele

African Dance & Drumming Classes for Children

Omo Kulu Mele Dance & Drumming Classes

for Children ages 5 – 18

Omo Kulu Mele is Kulu Mele’s arts education program for children.  “Omo” means “child” in Yoruba, a West African language.

For Parents

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Dance & Drumming Classes for Children

West African Dance & Drumming Classes for children ages 5 – 18 are enrolling now.  No dance experience necessary.  Enroll your child today!

Email kulumele@kulumele.org or call 917-238-0756 for more information and to enroll.

Omo Kulu Mele dance classes offer many benefits. Participating children get great exercise, improve coordination, develop their self-esteem and experience the pride of accomplishment. Children explore their cultures of origin or learn about the cultures of their neighbors. At the end of the year, everyone goes on stage to showcase what they’ve learned to an audience of their families and friends!

All classes taught at:

The Community Loft
4529 Germantown Avenue, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Traditional West African Dance & Drumming

Ama Schley, Dance Instructor
Ira Bond, Drum Instructor

Sundays, beginning September 10, 2017

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. for children ages 5 to 9

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. for children ages 9 to 18

Friends & Family Finale Performance:

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 3:00 p.m.  

All children showcase what they have worked so hard all year long to learn, in a finale performance in front of their families and friends!  Performed at a REAL theater — The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandwine Street, Philadelphia.

Tuition:  $50 per month, $50 Registration fee, $50 costume fee.

For Educators & Community Partners

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Omo Kulu Mele programs include:

  • Weekly community dance and drumming classes for children ages 5 to 18.
  • A year-round, ongoing residency entitled “Discover African Dance,” at Folkloric Arts-Cultural Traditions School (FACTS) for students in grades 2 through 8.  Both traditional folkloric dance and drumming, as well as hip hop dance, are taught.  This program is fully funded by FACTS.
  • Two 12-week “Discover African Dance” residencies (Fall and Spring) at two different schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods.  These residencies include two one-hour classes, offered concurrently, each week for 12 weeks, and culminate in an in-school performance for family and friends.  Up to 30 students can participate in each workshop.  One workshop is traditional/folkloric; the other is hip hop.  For the 2015-16 season, residencies will be held at Bethune School (Fall) and Community Partnership School (Spring).
  • Five annual in-school performances by the full Kulu Mele company of dancers and drummers, for elementary, middle school and high school students in disadvantaged Philadelphia neighborhoods.  These 45 minute shows are interactive with plenty of audience participation (students dancing at their seats), and include both lecture/demonstration and question and answer components.  Participating 2015-16 schools include Cassidy School, Childs School, Disston School, Penrose School and The U School.

These programs serve more than 6,000 students annually.  The programs provide arts and cultural education; contribute to students’ physical education; help students to develop self esteem and cultural identity and pride; and improve social skills, among many other positive outcomes.

For more information about Omo Kulu Mele programs, please call 917-238-0756 or send a message to Kulu Mele.

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