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Description

Kokuma Dance Company perform stepping and jumping patterns with strong arm gestures. They are accompanied by African drum rhythms. Swinging and jumping motifs are developed and performed in different formations within the space. The traditional costume from Ghana and the colourful backdrop enhance a vibrant stage set. An interview with one of the dancers reveals how different dances across Africa are fused together to create their dance routines.
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First broadcast:
5 February 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to introduce younger children to rhythmic movement. The children can watch the clip and try to clap hands or knees in time to the music. Children can then listen to a similar piece and try to jump, hop, skip and jog in time to the music. Changes in height of movements can be explored and use of arms and shoulders can be encouraged. When children are moving in time to the music, simple repeated actions can be taught and then practised.