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Gumboot Dancing

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Phone: 07778 922 130
E-mail: bookings@soundstep.co.uk

Gumboot Dancing originated in the gold mines of apartheid-era South Africa, principally as a means of expression and communication amongst those working in a punishing environment where talking was forbidden. From these origins Gumboot Dancing developed as an art form and has now become part of South Africa’s cultural identity, performed all over the world by groups originating from both within the Republic and elsewhere.

Gumboot is a high energy, percussive, fun dance which – because of its unconventional moves – appeals to those children not normally quick to embrace more conventional forms of dance. Basic steps are easy to pick up and moves are easily adapted to suit differing abilities.

45 minute workshops – £55
These 45 minute workshops – our most popular – are available for between three and seven classes during the course of one day and are a great way to give more than one class the opportunity to experience gumboot dancing and its accompanying music.

The workshop includes:
A brief look at the origins and cultural development of the dance
Various gumboot steps and moves
Drumming
Singing

1 hour workshops – £90
This workshop offers an hour long introduction to gumboot dancing and the music which accompanies it.

The workshop includes:
A brief look at the origins and cultural development of the dance
Various gumboot steps and moves which create a routine
Drumming
Singing

2 hour workshops – £175
These workshops are done over two hours and offer one class the chance to investigate gumboot dancing and its accompanying music more fully.

The workshop includes:
A look at the origins and cultural development of the dance
Various gumboot steps and moves creating different routines
The Can Dance
Drumming
2 songs
Brief performance to other classes at the end of the session (if desired)


4
x 1 hour workshops – £80 per workshop
This option offers one class an in-depth course over four 1 hour sessions. The course can be run over 4 separate days with one session per day, or over 2 days each featuring a morning and afternoon session. Schools booking the 4hr course will receive a FREE CD which features the calls and drumming which accompany the basic moves, and which also includes one of the songs the children will learn.

The course includes:
A look at the origins and cultural development of the dance
Various gumboot steps and moves creating different routines
The Can Dance
The opportunity for the children to create their own dances in small groups
Drumming
2/3 songs
Performance to other classes at the end of the course.

If the workshop formats described above don’t suit your timetable we will be happy to adapt to suit your needs.

Please note that we are based in Edinburgh and a travel surcharge applies to workshops which involve a round trip of over 120 miles.
However, this can be shared between organisations around a certain area when multiple workshops are being delivered in that area.

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