As a community organization, Dance Spree periodically hosts workshops, seminars, and cultural events in addition to dances. Most of these activities occur on Saturday afternoons and evenings prior to the dance, in the same location. In most cases, admission to the workshop will include free entry for that evening's dance. To have Dance Spree host your workshop, email jasper (insert @ if you're human) dancespree.org.
Freedom & Struggle Song Swap
a gathering of the People's Music Network
4th Saturday of each month, 5:00-7:30pm
71 Federal St, Greenfield MA (MAP)
Suggested donation: $5-$10 - no one turned away for lack of funds
A place for all to sing! All ages, all talent levels welcome. Bring your own original songs, copies of Rise Up Singing, deep curiosity, your friends and family, and some food for pot luck. We'll sing anything and everything from Negro spirituals to Beatles to the hottest new song by Hudson Valley Sally.
We'll go around in a circle, and as we do, each of us may choose to sing, request a song, or pass. Spoken word is also encouraged. All participants in the song swap get free admission to that night's dance, and one contributor to the swap may be selected to offer a live music warm-up to dancers.
The People’s Music Network for Songs of Freedom & Struggle is a diverse community of singers, artists, activists and allies that cultivates music and cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world. www.peoplesmusic.org
February 23 (first swap) hosted by Charlie King
March 23 hosted by Michael Nix
April 27 hosted by Ben Grosscup, PMN executive director
Note: We will not be meeting in June 2019, due to the annual conference of the Great Labor Arts Exchange.
African Dance & Drum with Tara Murphy & Ult Mundane
Saturday, April 13 (with possible additional dates)
Drumming 4:00-6:00pm; Dance 6:00-7:30pm
71 Federal St, Greenfield MA (MAP)
Cost: to be determined
DANCE - OPEN LEVEL/BEGINNERS WELCOME
This dance class will get your blood pumping and your heart soaring...feel the rhythms and shake what you got! Participants will learn the basic style of African dance and some movements from traditional dances of West Africa. The class emphasizes community, self-expression, and the joy of movement.
Tara Murphy began exploring her heritage through African studies at Yale University. Tara was awarded a Yale fellowship to study traditional dancing and drumming at the University of Legon in Ghana, West Africa. For the past 20 years, Tara has studied closely with many African and Afro-Caribbean artists in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Boston.
Tara recognizes the practice of African dance and drumming as a tremendous force for healing, empowerment, and community. It is her greatest honor to share the inspiration of these ancient traditions. Tara is in the process of transitioning to her new home in Greenfield. www.capecodafricandanceanddrum.com
DRUM - INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
In this two-hour drumming workshop we will learn a traditional rhythm from Guinea, including the dun-dun parts and a series of solo phrases for the djembe. We will move fairly quickly and will not spend much time on basic technique. You may not master all the material immediately, but no matter what you will grow as a drummer!
Ult Mundane has been studying traditional West African drumming for over fifteen years. Ult has learned from world-renowned teachers such as Famoudou Konate and Mamady Keita, and since 2010 he has studied with Namory Keita, a master drummer from Guinea who now lives in Maine.