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Percussive Dance: Unlocking the Human Instrument

from The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

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Percussive dance combines drumming and dance in a welcoming environment catered to beginning and advanced movers alike. This class is about grooving along with our own internal rhythms in order to make music as a group. We combine African and Irish rhythms and movements to explore an art form created by the blending of cultures. We will go through the basic steps of physicalizing the beat as an individual; then we will start to build our own uniquely created soundscapes as a class. This class is high energy, fun, and a great excuse to be as loud as possible!

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About This Program


By Request: $175.00
By Request Premium: $150.00

An invoice will be sent once the program is requested and confirmed through CILC. For questions regarding your invoice, please email Hannah Elias, helias@thecowlescenter.org


55 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Primary Disciplines

Community Interests, Fine Arts, Health/Physical Education, Career Education, Performing Arts, Character Education

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9:00-4:00 PM Central Time

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

Minneapolis, MN
United States

The Cowles Center is the flagship center for dance in Downtown Minneapolis, dedicated to providing a performance, rehearsal and administrative home to more than 15 Minnesota arts organizations and educational resources statewide. Integral to the Center’s mission is providing high-quality arts education to students throughout the State of Minnesota.

Elyse Chambers

Program Details


1)Group warm up with music where we begin to move to the beat of the song and play with time.
2)Brief History of African Dance- call and response exercise
3)Brief History of Irish Step Dancing - add on exercise
4)Groups Create own rhythms in Poly Rhythm exercise
5) Synthesize all of the exercises into one short performance piece.


1)Develop an understanding of how cultures blend to create new art forms
2)Build an appreciation for own bodies as instruments
3)Explore group rhythms, and group listening

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Content Standard: 1: Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills in performing dance
- Students accurately identify and demonstrate basic dance steps, positions, and patterns for dance from two different styles or traditions
- Students demonstrate accurate memorization and reproduction of movement sequences
- Students describe the action and movement elements observed in a dance, using appropriate movement/dance vocabulary
- Content Standard: 3: Understanding dance as a way to create and communicate meaning
- - Students observe and explain how different accompaniment (such as sound, music, spoken text