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Drum Classes offered in Jane & Finch community return this Fall, offered by dance Immersion’s successful Youth Arts Program (YAP)

TORONTO, ON – dance Immersion and Ngoma Dance and Drum Ensemble commence YAP Drum Classes beginning Tuesday September 19th 2017 at Driftwood Community Centre (4401 Jane St, North York).

Classes are offered for children and youth ages 5 and up. New this year, 50% per off each additional child per household for first time registrants, along with affordable $10 drop-in rates per class. Term rates and drum rentals are available.


photo credit: Dennis Langley.

YAP Drum Classes provide high-quality instruction on technique, rhythm and traditional practices originating from West Africa. “Students who consistently attend all three terms, from September to June, see a dramatic improvement in their instrumentation, creativity and overall confidence!” says dance Immersion’s Artistic Director, Vivine Scarlett.

Classes are lead by instructor Yohance Francis Parsons​ whose knowledgeable yet contemporary teaching style draws out the budding musician in each learner. Yohance started his musical career at the age of two at the Beaches Jazz Festival and has been professional performing ever since. As a young talented musician in the GTA community
and founding member of Ngoma Drum and Dance Ensemble and Beyond Sound Empijah​, Yohance states that his love for music “comes from the fact that it is an important part of my life that has always been at the centre of my being.” dance Immersion’s Youth Arts Program ​provides a nurturing and supportive environment where children and youth are given the opportunity to build self-esteem and self-discipline through expressions that relate to them.

The organization has served a diverse range of programs to youth designed for community involvement, exchange and education.

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