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.

For Parents


Dance & Drumming Classes for Children

Kulu Mele offers weekly West African and Afro-Cuban dance & drumming classes for children ages 5 – 18 .  No dance experience necessary.  Enroll your child today!  Classes correspond with the school year, September to May, and conclude with a “family and friends finale showcase” at which students demonstrate what they have learned in front of an audience of their family and friends. At the finale, students perform on a real stage in a professional theater.

Tuition is $50 per month, plus a $50 registration fee and a costume fee for the finale. Costume fees generally range from $50 to $65 per student.

Email Kulu Mele 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 of African heritage explore their cultures of origin while other students embark on a cross-cultural journey.

Classes are taught at:

954 Dance Movement Collective
985 North 8th Street (just South of Girard Ave.)
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Ama Schley, Dance Instructor
Brytiece Wallace, Drum Instructor

Sundays, through May 19, 2019
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. for dancers ages 5 to 9 & ALL drummers
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. for dancers ages 9 to 18

Friends & Family Finale Performance:

Saturday, June 1, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
The Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street (just North of Spring Garden St., near Broad St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19130

NEW! “1st Thursday” dance classes for adults (age 16+):

First Thursday of each month
2019 schedule: Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4 (TBD), Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5
7:30-9:0o p.m.

Community Education Center
3500 Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

$10, cash only at the door

For Educators & Community Partners


Kulu Mele In-School & After-School Arts Education Programs for children & young adults, K-12 up to college-age 

6-week, 12-week and single workshops available in West African, Afro-Cuban and hip-hop dance, plus in-school assembly performances by the adult Kulu Mele company.

Kulu Mele’s arts education curriculum-based programs are based on PA state standards and can be adapted to support a variety of STEM and STEAM standards. Kulu Mele’s workshops have been incorporated in arts, social studies, geography, history, and physical education programs at public, charter and private schools in the Philadelphia area and far beyond.

Please click here to download a flyer with more information, including performance and workshop offerings, fees and technical information, or call 917-238-0756, or email Kulu Mele.

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