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Irish Bodhran

at Washington Conservatory of Music - Glen Echo 7300 MacArthur Blvd , Glen Echo, Maryland 20812

Bodhran enthusiasts everywhere! Sharpen your skills and refresh your techniques in a three-week, three-class workshop for bodhran players of all levels. The class wil be tailored to your particular abilities, focusing on individual needs in a group setting. Student must provide own instrument.

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Intro to Djembe Drumming and Drum Circle

at McLean Community Center - McLean 1440 Chain Bridge Rd Mclean VA, Virginia, District of Columbia 22101

Have you ever just wanted to just bang your stress away? Whether it?s a big test, meeting or deadline, we all have stress. Join The Alden and master artist, Kofi Dennis for an introductory to djembe drumming skills and improvisation. Included in this class is chance to put your new skills to the test playing as a group in a community drum circle. This...

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Tabla I: Introduction to Tabla (Drum) and Rhythms

at Sahara Dance - Tenleytown 4433 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20016

Learn the basics for playing the tabla, including the primary sounds (doum and tek) and fundamental Middle Eastern rhythms. Individual feedback and adjustments will be given to each student on striking technique, timing, hand placement and how to hold the drum. Each class is divided between practicing technique and playing rhythms. Special attention...

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8 sessions

Tabla II: Beginner Tabla (Drum) & Rhythms

at Sahara Dance - Tenleytown 4433 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20016

Now that you have a solid foundation it is time to move beyond the basics.   Expand your drumming vocabulary and learn how to put all of your knowledge together in a musical context. In this class, you will continue to expand upon both your techniques (pops, half teks, rolls and other combinations and sound variations) as well as your knowledge...

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8 sessions

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Tabla III: Intermediate Tabla (Drum) & Rhythms

at Sahara Dance - Tenleytown 4433 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20016

Move beyond the foundational principals of playing the tabla into a world of musical self-expression. In this class we will practice creating and playing solos and learning songs/routines all while maintaining proper technique.   The class will also explore different approaches to use when playing with other musicians as well as strategies...

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8 sessions

Intermediate / Advanced Technique

at Sahara Dance - Tenleytown 4433 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20016

Concentrate on components for raqs sharqi performance sets, including more advanced turns, drills, entrance veil work, cane, taqsim and drum solos. Emphasis is on emotional expression, improvisation and musical interpretation. Practice weekly conditioning for maintaining and improving a full movement repertoire for belly dance performance.  Prerequisite:...

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All Wheel Jive

at Gottaswing - Sully 13869 Park Center Rd, Washington, District of Columbia 20171

Beginner swing lesson with Sue and Gary 8:30-9pm, dance 9pm-12midnight, $15 All Wheel Jive plays good time, dancin’ music, including East Coast and West Coast Swing, Jump Blues, Rockabilly, Rock and Roll, Chicago and Texas Blues, and a little Latin Loop de Loo. Bandleader, Brian Gross on guitar/vocals, and Roger Edsall, harmonica player-extraordinaire/vocalist,...

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Advanced Technique Brush Up

at Sahara Dance - Tenleytown 4433 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20016

Enjoy a class full of shimmies, drills, combinations, traveling steps and turns. Begin class with a comprehensive warm up to build core strength and flexibility. Emphasis is on quality movement execution, musical interpretation, alignment, stamina, and whole-body awareness.  Class may include components and props for raqs sharqi performance sets,...

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14 sessions

Adult Recreational

at Mark H Rooney - Takoma Park 7117 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

Taiko is a dynamic art-form based on traditional Japanese drumming practiced all over the world. This Adult Recreational Taiko class is designed to introduce the fundamentals of taiko technique, practice of kumidaiko (ensemble drumming), awareness of ki (energy), use of koe (voice), history and philosophy all while having a good time! No experience...

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West African : All Levels

at Joy of Motion Dance Center - Atlas District 1333 H St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Let the drums take you away! Dynamic movements and an accelerated heart rate will whip you into shape as you learn dances from the regions of Ghana, Mali, and Senegal. In this class, dancers should expect to improve their West African technique while moving to the pulsating rhythms of live drums.

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