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Grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts could cover up to 50% of Lannaya’s total fee!“Arts Respond Performance Support grants” provide support to nonprofit organizations in Texas interested in booking Lannaya and other artists from the TCA Touring Artist Roster. This means that these grants are open to schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations to apply for grants to hire artists like Lannaya.

Education Program Basics

1/ The Rhythm & Movement of West Africa is an on-campus, interactive arts education program appropriate for students in grades K-12. The program complements STARR and TEKS requirements by introducing music vocabulary, authentic instruments, dance and math, history, geography and culture. Features energetic dancing to traditional, live West African drumming, vibrantly costumed performers, a brief history of musical instruments, and call/response songs in English and SuSu (a Guinean language). This program can be tailored per presenter, and can be presented in 30-45 minute increments during general assembly, and back-to-back performances. Schools can be provided with assessment materials, in addition to educational materials. Suitable for small/large audiences and diverse facilities. During this program students will:
  • See traditional costumed dances;
  • Learn how math and dance are related through time and space; dance movement can be all sorts of circles and lines (geometry!);
  • Learn call and response song(s);
  • Learn about the continent of Africa’s distinct geography [54 countries!] and culture;
  • Understand new vocabulary and use it;
  • Identify patterns and recognize their significance;
  • Learn about the cultural history and background of West African drum and dance, as records of human achievement;
  • Be invited onstage to learn traditional dance steps.

2/ Drum and/or Dance Residency (two week minimum, can select either drum or dance, or choose both!). Dance Residency introduces the African aesthetic through movement and gesture. Students will learn cultural specific reasons why and how dances are performed; and learn, improvise and perform short dance phrases. Various different diasporic social dance forms presented from countries like Guinea, Ghana, etc. Drum Residency introduces students to culture and traditional music of West African countries such as Guinea, Mali, Ghana, The Ivory Coast, etc. Students will learn the culture specific reasons why the polyrhythmic songs are played in the villages and the cities in West Africa. Students will learn to play some of the main drums played in that region of Africa which are called “djembes” and “dununs.”

3/ African Diasporic Drum / Dance Workshops, (45 min minimum, on-campus or your venue). Features one lead instructor, and drum accompaniment scheduled as needed. Interactive instructional workshops in either diasporic dance, drumming [or both!] can be incorporated in classroom, family, and other festive group activities. Participants explore music or dance as a reflection of West African culture.  Drum workshops: participants explore musical phrasing, singing, listening, performing, and the elements of music.                                    Dance workshops: participants explore the elements of dance, phrasing, creating through improvisation, and creating dances that tell a story. 

4/ Drum and dance performances of traditional, and innovative Guinean and African diasporic rhythms. Suitable for small/large audiences, and diverse facilities.

Tech Needs

  • Program Length: We can do it all. 15, 45, or 60 minutes, and back‐to‐back sets are fine (feel free to contact us).
  • Recommended individual group size: Up to 350 for grades K‐12. ** We can also accommodate larger audiences, e.g festivals, etc.
  • Recommended ages: K‐12, adults.
  • Number of shows: 1‐2 shows for a half‐day or special event; 3‐4 shows for a full‐day.
  • Location: We can perform in diverse facilities, including covered, cleared and swept outdoor stages, theatres, libraries, cafetoriums and gyms are all workable venues.
  • Tech needs: Level, clean surface free of sharp objects (preferably sprung floor, however, we’re adaptable).
  • More details on Lannaya’s FAQ page