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Friday April 29 is World Dance Day and Jamestown Collective celebrates by offering all music and dance lovers
a full package of Innovative dance and percussive workshops in GUMBOOT, TAP DANCE AND STICK DANCING.

Sunday May 1 from 1.30–4.45pm at
La Fiesta Dance Factory • 218 Parramatta Road, Stanmore
15 minutes' walk from Stanmore Station

In this workshop we present some basic steps from the Jamestown Collective repertoire, which was developed using everyday objects, kids' body percussion games and sound from the vibrant Jamestown community in Accra Ghana.

Jamestown Collective brings together a group of accomplished dancers, musicians and acrobats who together use instruments, their bodies, the set and the audience to generate an explosion of percussion, rhythm and dance. The musicians and dancers feature Traditional African dance, Afro-contemporary dance, tap dance, contemporary dance, talking drum, Western percussion, West African percussion, Eastern percussion and tabla, Traditional West African wind instruments and World music vocalist.

The workshop is divided into three classes.

Class 1: Gumboot 1.30pm—2.30pm Lucky Lartey
An introduction to basic body percussion rhythms and gentle warmups, followed by basic rhythms on the gumboot, accompanied by live drumming. This class will also explore rhythm and sound as well as relationship between drum and dance.

Class 2: In two parts: Tap dance/Stick Dance 2.30pm—3.30pm
CLASS ONE Sally Hare Tap Dance. Open to all levels of experience. Bring your tap shoes along.
Lucky Lartey Stick Dance

Both sessions accompanied by live percussion.

SHORT BREAK 3.30—3.45pm

Class 3: Gumboot/Tap Dancing/Stick Dancing 3.45pm—4.45pm
Combining gumboot, tap dancing and stick dancing in one room to create an explosion of percussive, rhythm and dance. Also accomplained by live percussion.

The workshop is open for all levels of experience. It's fun and good excercise, It will also expand your knowledge of African rhythm and dance and help you get in touch with your own rhythm and the rhythm of others. Recommended for music teachers, dancers lovers, musicians and anyone wanting to learn percussion rhythm and dance.

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. Bring a gumboot or any boot you can make a sound with, and tap shoes if you're doing the tap. Sticks will be provided for the stick dancing, although you can also bring your own if you have one.

COST $45 for all three classes • $35 for two classes • $20 for one class

BOOKINGS Spaces are limited, so book early.

CONTACT Lucky Lartey here.


Stick Dance is a form of percussive dance in which the dancers use sticks to make percussive rhythms as they move or dance.It is widely used as a celebration or performance for different cultures around the world. Sticks can be long or short and can either be bamboo or an everday round stick.

Tap Dancing has its roots in the fusion of several ethnic percussive dances, primarily African tribal dances and Scottish, Irish, and English clog dances, hornpipes, and jigs and evolved further under the influence of jazz dance. Tap dance is believed to have begun in the mid-1800s during the rise of minstrel shows, originating as Juba, a kind of dance practised by African slaves. It is now performed widely around the world.

Gumboot dancing is a style of dance that originated in the mines of South Africa, as a means of communication between workers under oppressive working conditions. This style of dance is now celebrated around the world and has evolved in to forms such as stomping, commonly seen in sororities around the US, exploring rhythms and sounds as well as the relationship between drummer and dancer.


Lucky Lartey is a Sydney-based dancer and choreographer, originally from Ghana, West Africa. Lucky’s work draws on his traditional culture of rhythm and dance as well as his understanding of contemporary movement practices. Lucky’s dance and choreographic practice expresses what it means to draw on a rich history of traditional dance while innovating within a contemporary context.

Sally Hare is a graduate of Capital Performance Studios and Brent Street Studios. She has also studied full time performing arts in Melbourne with Robert Sturrock and Dance World Studios. Sally was a Top 20 competitor in So You Think You Can Dance Season 4, assistant to The Squared Division on The X Factor, assistant choreographer and dance captain of Snow White Winter Musical and Aladdin and His Wondrous Lamp for Bonnie Lythgoe Productions and Luckiest Productions, and she also launched her own all-female tap company Girls on Tap.

Ben Kidsom • Phillipe Lincy

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