Ammaya Dance & Drum offers creative and therapeutic dance and drum circles for people with developmental disabilities. Drum circles are a popular activity with neurodiverse populations -- there is a high level of engagement and people are free to express themselves at their own level. In the circles people jam out creatively, then play with simple rhythm exercises together. People learn specific rhythms to the best of their ability, as well as offer rhythms of their own for the group to follow. It is a great time to release energy, lift spirits, connect with others, have fun, and learn how to drum in a supportive environment.
Ammaya also gives drum circles for active seniors, as well as seniors in memory care. Music and movement is often the medicine to inspire people with positive energy. These rhythmic sessions provide great therapeutic value and social group connection.
Scientific studies show that the effects of regular group drumming can be as or more powerful than medications in alleviating anxiety and depression, as well as relieving pain and boosting the immune system. Group drumming boosts people's overall mood and spirits, providing easeful and healing social interaction.
Ammaya also gives many creative and educational African-inspired dance and drum circles for children of all ages, from preschool to high school. Our kids classes emphasize fun, creativity, self-expression and the joy of music and movement. We explore rhythms and let our energy out! Kids will strengthen their ability to hold a rhythm over time, as well as practice hand and stick drumming techniques. Students will also practice several West African rhythms and learn to play them together as an ensemble. We will explore the nuts and bolts of rhythm, as well as express our own rhythms creatively.
Drum Circles for Organizations and Special Events
Ammaya has given many lively community drum circles for adults and families at festivals, parties and special events. We also give drum circles for team building at a variety of organizations. Drumming naturally uplifts people's hearts and brings our energy together.
"Thank you very much for being there last night... Everyone had such a great time with you and drumming/dancing. I loved how everyone got to express themselves creatively with the activity -- I'm sure they will be talking about it for weeks. We do appreciate it!"