Nigerian Drum and Dance Workshop in AZ


Nigerian Drum and Dance Tucson AZ Jan 2014

Photo by Jade Beall

Monday 1/27/14
Song and Dance 7pm

Tuesday 1/28/13
Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy
3401 N. Fort Valley Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Dance @7pm

Thursday 1/30/14
Dance @ 7pm

Friday 1/31/14
Drum @ 5pm
Dance @ 6:30pm

Sat 2/1/14
Drum @ 6:30pm

$10 student discount

No drum and dance experience necessary.

Drum Class:
Akeem Ayanniyi is the ninth generation of his family to play the traditional Yoruba talking drum. He is from Erin Oshun near the historic art center of Oshogbo in Nigeria. He has been performing since the age of five and has toured much of Africa as well as Germany, Brazil, Sweden and the United States as a performer and teacher.

Dance Class:
Uzo Nwankpa is from Enugu in Southeast Nigeria, She is an Igbo woman educating communities on the history of the country, how Igbo style dance “Egwu Igbo” continues to evolve across the continents and the various techniques of Igbo style dance. Uzo emphasizes the importance of healing through music and movement and uses this medium to facilitate her dance classes

Hope to see you all there


The Uzo Method Project @ Camp Maui’tondo

I have felt nothing but gratitude since my return from Hawaii. The sights and sounds of Maui is indescribable. i was thoroughly inspired and can’t wait to get back. In the meantime, here is a very shallow view of my experience. We stayed at a YMCA camp and my roomies were so much fun. Le Fluer, a new friend took me to the Tarot patch and we walked through and absorbed all the magical energy, it was GREAT!!!

The ladies in action, (bunk mates, room mates, camp mates)


One of many great views


Having one of tha best banana breads ever
Tarot-(Ede in igbo, coc in Yoruba, Tarrot in certain parts of the Congo)


When I arrived, I had to capture the room with all its incredible energy, its hard to believe what happens in this room

It was an amazing experience and I was delighted that camp participants absolutely embraced this crazy idea of collecting empirical data to assess energy and stress levels pre and post the Uzo Method session.

But first, the Nigerian dance experience was delightful. Akeem is Yoruba and I am Igbo. Together, we are WaZoBia (Without the Zo) This fusion of Igbo and Yoruba dance is an innovative way for community to find similarities in culture to blend and to be one. After all  that”s what MAMA AFRICA would want. Enjoy.

Blissesd out after dancing Sule on the right
After dinner, outside enjoying the breeze with Akeem and Makaya
The final class by Vivien- totally rocked the house

The Uzo Method Project got mixed into the drum and dance camp community. We danced, we sang, we stretched, guided imagery was used, spirits invoked and voila….magic happens. Photos by Ingrid Martin

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Now the results.

Below is a very simple picture of what happened. We already know that music and movement increase endorphins and reduce stress hormones keeping us healthy I asked 10 participants to volunteer to give me feedback about their experience.

Bar Graph that depicts the change in energy and stress levels

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95% of the participants had an increase in energy levels
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75% of the participants had a decrease in stress levels

 Amazing results

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