Taste of Africa

Taste of Africa

Taste of Africa is a world-class performance and workshop program suitable for students of all ages and backgrounds. It is a fantastic catalyst for students to explore the richness and diversity of West African Culture.

Students and teachers alike will enjoy making and responding to three different African cultural experiences: drumming, dance and village activities, making this production inspiring, engaging and culturally educational for the whole school community.

Asanti Dance Theatre is an internationally renowned performance company that has worked with students around the world and throughout Australia. Their facilitators are also among Australia’s best Afro-Contemporary dance performers.

In their accompanying workshops students can learn about the djembe drum and its origin, and the basic techniques involved in playing. In the dance workshops students will get moving in ways they never thought they could – learning to execute the movements and their relationship to the drum, and how music and dance work intrinsically together.

“Asanti set our school on fire! The kids went completely wild!” – Thais Sansom, Castlemaine PS

Australian Curriculum

Learning Area/s
The Arts
Health and Physical Education

Art form/Subject
Music
Dance

Year Levels
Foundation – Year 6
Year 7 – Year 12

Primary Content Descriptions

The Arts: Dance
F – Year 2: ACADAM001, ACADAM002, ACADAM003, ACADAR004
Year 3 – Year 4: ACADAM005, ACADAM006, ACADAM007, ACADAR008
Year 5 – Year 6: ACADAM009, ACADAM010, ACADAM011, ACADAR012

The Arts: Music
F – Year 2: ACAMUM080, ACAMUM081, ACAMUR083
Year 3 – Year 4: ACAMUM084, ACAMUM085, ACAMUM086, ACAMUR087
Year 5 – Year 6: ACAMUM088, ACAMUM089, ACAMUR091

Health and Physical Education:
F – Year 2: ACPPS004, ACPMP008, ACPMP009, ACPMP011, ACPMP012, ACPMP014, ACPPS015, ACPMP025, ACPMP027, ACPMP029, ACPPS024
Year 3 – Year 4: ACPMP043, ACPMP044, ACPMP045, ACPMP047, ACPPS041
Year 5 – Year 6: ACPPS051, ACPMP061, ACPMP062, ACPMP063, ACPMP064, ACPMP066, ACPPS059

General Capabilities & Cross-Curriculum Priorities
Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Ethical understanding
Intercultural understanding

Key Themes/Context
African Dance, Cultural Diversity, Wellbeing, Understanding and the Importance of Celebrating Our Individual Backgrounds, Elements of Movement, Skill-related Fitness, Identities, Movement Sequences, Sense of Self, Specialised Movement Skills, Wellbeing, Rhythm, Sequence, Choreographic Devices, Form, Elements of Dance (Space, Time, Dynamics and Relationships), Expressive Skills, Representations, Sequence, Physical Fitness, Interpersonal Development, Civics And Citizenship

Secondary Content Descriptions

The Arts: Dance
Year 7 – Year 8: ACADAM013, ACADAM014, ACADAM015, ACADAR018, ACADAR019
Year 9 – Year 10: ACADAM021, ACADAM022, ACADAM024, ACADAR026

The Arts: Music
Year 7 – Year 8: ACAMUM092, ACAMUM094, ACAMUM096, ACAMUR098
Year 9 – Year 10: ACAMUM099, ACAMUM102, ACAMUM103, ACAMUR105

Health and Physical Education:
Year 7 – Year 8: ACPPS070, ACPMP080, ACPMP081, ACPMP083, ACPMP085, ACPPS079
Year 9 – Year 10: ACPMP099, ACPMP103

General Capabilities and Cross-Curriculum Priorities
Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Ethical understanding
Intercultural understanding

Key Themes/Context
African Dance, Cultural Diversity, Wellbeing, Understanding and the Importance of Celebrating our Individual Backgrounds, Elements of Movement, Skill-related fitness, Identities, Movement sequences, Sense of self, Specialised movement skills, Wellbeing, Rhythm, Sequence, Choreographic Devices, Form, Elements of Dance (Space, Time, Dynamics and Relationships), Expressive Skills, Representations, Sequence, Physical fitness, Interpersonal Development, Civics And Citizenship

Touring Areas

Term 2: Area 1 and Area 4

Touring Region Map

School Touring & Booking Information

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Production Information

Duration: 60 minutes – 15min performance + 30 min interactive workshop (students rotate between 3 activities) + 1 x 5 min jam session, 1×10 min Q&A

Audience: Max 300 students per session

Production Company: Asanti Dance Theatre

Stage Requirements
Stage size: Min. performance space of 6m x 4m Requires 3 large spaces to be available. Recommended spaces are gyms, halls, multi-purpose rooms, double classrooms, dance studios and PAC’s. Indoor spaces are preferred if possible however this is very flexible!

Accompanying workshops (1hour-1/2day) available