Experience Senegal: Senegalese Dance and Music

by  BAM Education

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This is an experiential virtual workshop led by a dance teaching artist and percussionist who specialize in African dance and music. Students will learn a traditional West African dance and song in the workshop. 

With the country of Senegal as its focus, students will learn the role music and dance plays in African societies. Designed like an actual dance class, students will learn to dance Kou Kou, of the most popular dances in West Africa, as well as a traditional Senegalese song. No previous dance experience is necessary.

This program can be taught with American Sign Language interpretation. The program can be adapted to serve students with physical, emotional, and cognitive/developmental disabilities. Please let us know if any one or more of these categories describes anyone in your student population at booking and we'll prepare accordingly. 

Sign language interpreters require at least 2 weeks' notice to book. 

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About This Program


Point to Point: $250.00
Point to Point Premium: $200.00

Members discount applies


42-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Primary Disciplines

Foreign/World Languages, Health/Physical Education, Leadership, Performing Arts, Social Studies/History

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to school closures due to weather i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 72 hours notice.

About This Provider

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BAM Education

Brooklyn, NY
United States

BAM Education connects learning with creativity, engaging
imagination by encouraging self-expression through in- and after-school
programs for students and teachers and offerings for audiences of all ages.

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Program Details


1. The program begins with exploring the geography of West Africa and Senegal
2. The instructor reviews essential vocabulary relevant to Africa and Senegal
3. The students are introduced to a call and response from Ghana and Senegal
4. Students engage in a dance warm up
5. The drummer accompanist introduces students to the dance "break"
6. The students learn the dance Kou Kou, one step at a time
7. Students view a video of a professional company performing Kou Kou
8. The drummer teaches the students a traditional Senegalese song.
9. Students engage in a cooling down
10. The instructor reviews the vocabulary
11. Students can ask question about what they have learned.


Participants will:
- explore Senegalese culture
- learn new vocabulary related to African and Senegalese Culture
- learn two traditional African call and responses
- warm up their bodies to dance through a series of stretches
- engage in a dance workshop
- sing a traditional Senegalese song
- end the workshop with a cool-down session

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.SL.3 -- Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.SL.4 -- Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

State Standards

Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts Dance Making: Bench Mark 5: Performing:
Students perform, demonstrating the ability to:
- reproduce complex sequences accurately.
- dance with focus and intent.
- dance with responsiveness to rhythm, tempo and mood of music.
- demonstrate awareness of cultural tradition and style or genre.