Ghana Winter Performing Art Programs
On one of our most unique and exciting programs, you will have the opportunity to attend and participate in traditional dance and music festivals, initiations, rituals, and cultural celebrations in northern Ghana, birthplace of an ancient xylophone called the gyil and a wide range of dances that form the centerpiece of the Dagara people and their culture.
The dance and music centre where you will be training, was founded over 10 years ago by one of the most famous players of the Dagara gyil, a xylophone native to the northwest region of Ghana. You will receive instruction directly from this master musician himself (who is also an accomplished dancer), as well as more than a dozen highly trained experienced dancers and musicians from all over Ghana. Guest artists visit frequently to offer courses in batik, tye-dying, kente weaving, drum making, and blacksmithing. The centre is also near several historical castles such as the Cape Coast Castle, as well as a number of beautiful Atlantic beaches.
You will spend the second week of the program receiving small group instruction from professional dancers and master musicians at a dance and music centre in the capital city, Accra. You won’t find another program like this out there, so apply soon before it fills up!
Ghana Winter Break Music Program
Bring in the New Year jamming by moonlight with a traditional music festival in a remote Ghanaian village, followed by state-of-the-art training at a music centre in Accra. The Ghanaian gyil xylophone originated in the northern part of the country on the border of Burkina Faso, where you will travel to participate in an annual festival celebrating the heritage and performing arts of the Dagara people, as well as many other cultural celebrations. You will fly into the capital city Accra, then spend the next day traveling to the northernmost region of Ghana where you will stay in the traditional dwellings of our site director Bernard Woma, who was born in a room near the one you will be living in.
Ghana Winter Break Dance Program
The first week of the program will be spent learning the culture and customs of the Dagara people in the place where it originated. You will also begin to learn Ghanaian dance traditions and how they weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life. You will then return to Accra for a week of intensive instruction by highly skilled Ghanaian dancers, as well as classes in traditional arts such as tie-dyeing, kente weaving, blacksmithing, and more.
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