Youth & Cultural Arts
Community Drum & Dance
Each class will focus on a specific rhythm.
Rootead Announces Summer 2021 Community Drum & Dance Events
Always one of Rootead’s most popular programs, Community Drum and Dance is a multigenerational, traditional West African Dance celebration, which will be held at numerous locations throughout the Greater Kalamazoo area this summer. All ages and all levels are encouraged to attend these classes, which are accompanied with live drumming, and all events are pay-what-you-can and donation-based with online registration requested here.
“All people within the village join Community Drum and Dance whether they’re pregnant, carrying their newborns on their back, babies, infants, grandparents… It’s a really great experience for anybody to join to explore the live drumming and dancing of West African dance,” said Jay Young, Youth and Cultural Arts Director at Rootead. “There are people who usually watch and listen as well. You can be someone who watches. You can be someone who is dancing. You can be admiring the drums and the music. Everybody’s just in the space bouncing energy off one another. It’s just amazing.”
In addition to three classes at various community locations (July 3 will be at Harrison Park, Sept. 25 at Urban Zone, and Sept. 11 at a TBA location), Rootead is participating in El Concilio’s Health Day at Spring Valley Park on Aug. 14.
For more information or to request an interview with Rootead’s Youth and Cultural Arts Director, email email@example.com or call (269) 720-9200.
Summer Sangha Yoga
Save the dates, Rootead fam!
A flow yoga and guided meditation Summer Sangha series for experienced practitioners (intermediate to advanced) will be held from 8 am - 9 am Thursday mornings from June 10 - August 26 at Rootead in downtown Kalamazoo (505 E Kalamazoo Ave. Suite 2). Open-to-all, drop-in, pay-what-you-can. Class size is limited to 10 folx per class.
"Inspired by my teacher Karina Ayn Mirsky, and in deep need to be in sangha (community) while moving my body in devotion. Join me Thursday mornings this summer."
Call (269) 720-9200 for more information.
Drum & Dance Summer Camp
Rootead is thrilled to be offering a new, week-long summer day camp series at which youth ages 8 - 18-years-old will learn a drum or dance rhythm along with some history and culture surrounding the dance/drum rhythm they’re learning during the Monday - Thursday sessions, with separate sessions for two age groups and the two disciplines (drum and dance). This camp is an exciting, educational, and empowering experience and concludes with a Show and Tell Day on Friday where students from both the dance and drum groups and both age groups can share what they’ve learned with fellow students and their families at a fun outdoor BBQ event.