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Summer 2016 Programs!

RHYTHMIC ROOTS Summer Program for Kids
July Session

Explore music via ukuleles, hand drums, our voices, and many other interesting instruments with Chelsie Henderson of Rural Soul Studio.  Go outside to explore music in nature and build homemade instruments.  Compose body percussion pieces.  Find out how music is related to history, math, science and
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6/19/16: M’Bemba Bangoura Drum and Dance Classes!

Let’s celebrate this Father’s Day with African Dance and Drumming Classes with M’Bemba Bangoura!

Sunday, June 19th 2016 (Father’s Day)
Burton Hall: 1071 NY-40, Greenwich NY 12834

Children’s African Drumming Class (6-12 y.o.)
1:00-1:45 pm - $5/child

Family African Dancing Class (all ages!)
2:00-2:45 pm - By donation at the door!

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5/23/16: Women’s Beginner Drumming Class at Align Again Yoga

Chelsie Henderson of Rural Soul offers a beginner African drumming class for women!  Participants will learn about the deeply rooted drumming music tradition of West Africa.  The basic technique for playing the djembe (hand drum) and dun duns (bass drums, played with sticks) will be covered, and a traditional song Read More


5/18/16: Kids African Drumming Classes – May/June 2016 Session

Children aged 8-12 are invited to learn how to play the African Djembe drum! Instructor Wayne White will share the sounds and basic technique for playing the drum and the group will play traditional West African songs. 

4 Wednesdays: May 18, 25; June 1, 8
6:30-7:00 pm
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5/1/16: Bolokada Conde at Rural Soul!

Bolokada Conde will be gracing Rural Soul with his djembefola presence on the first day of May!  Bolokada is an engaging and energetic teacher and performer who spreads joy wherever he goes.  He shares his music and culture with a charisma that is captivating to all ages.

Sunday, May 1st
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4/27/16: RS Spring Break 2016 Music, Art, Movement MANDALAS!

Join Rural Soul instructor Chelsie Henderson, with special guest Elin Cary (yoga instructor, Elements of Bodywork) for a half day of music, art and movement, all connected to the theme of Mandalas. We will begin our day with fun and centering yoga and movement practices. Next we will jump into Read More


1/30/16: Rural Soul Community Potluck and Drumming Fest!

Rural Soul presents its first ever African Drumming Fest! The evening will feature the Youth Drumming Ensemble, the debut of the Women’s Drumming Ensemble and Wayne White’s Adult Drumming Ensemble. This event will begin with a community potluck (featuring pizza from 9mileseast Pizza) and end with a family drum circle. Read More


12/19/15: Holiday Caroling with Rural Soul

Children and adults are invited to Rural Soul’s 3rd Annual Holiday Caroling on Main Street in Greenwich.

Singers meet at 103 Main Street at 10:30 a.m. to warm up and rehearse carols. Then the singers hit downtown Greenwich with jovial holiday singing and smiles. By 12:30 p.m. we wind our Read More


12/5/15: Family Drumming Fun!

Families are invited to an educational and fun-filled drumming experience with Rural Soul music instructors Chelsie Henderson and Wayne White! Children of all ages and their parents or caregivers can expect to meet and play the African drums (djembes and doundouns), learn a song or two, and play drumming games Read More


11/22/15: Rural Soul Music Fest: “Gratitude”

Sunday, November 22nd is the next Rural Soul student Music Fest!  We encourage all students to participate, even those who may have just be starting their instrument this year.  This Music Fest is invitation only as our venue space is SMALL.

Rural Soul Music Fest: Gratitude

Sunday, November 22nd

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