Lesole’s Dance Project

  • About the Artist:

    Lesole’s Dance Project is a traditional and modern dance company founded in 2003 by native South African Lesole Maine. The company has performed to acclaim throughout the U.S. and locally at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, the Smithsonian, and many area schools. Lesole Maine and his dancers blend South African roots with a modern approach for engaging programs blending dance, history, and culture.

    Category:

    • Dance

    Type of Programs Offered

    • residency
    • workshop
    • assembly
    • virtual
    • Dancing through South Africa

      Description:

      Founder Lesole Maine and his dancers blend South African roots with a modern approach for an engaging program blending dance, history, and culture. Experience three exciting dance cultures from the tip of the African continent! Traditional Ndlamu dance gives a snapshot of Zulu village clothing, customs, and high-energy drumming. The moves and percussive sounds of Gumboot create a kind of “instant messaging” dance slapped out on gold miners’ rubber boots. Pantsula, an upbeat, urban dance similar to American hip-hop, adds a contemporary connection to this overview of authentic South African dance styles.

      Workshop/Residency: Contact Artivate
      MSAC Teaching Artist Roster: AiE funds available

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      K-12

      Curriculum Connections

      Dance, Music, Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages, Character/SEL

      This program is offered as:

      • assembly
    • Lesole's Dance Project Workshops & Residencies

      Description:

      Students learn elements of traditional Zulu, Gumboot, and street dances, songs in the Zulu language, and drumming techniques while exploring the culture and history of South Africa. Workshop topics may be tailored to suit teacher’s goals and students ages and abilities.

      Workshop/Residency: Contact Artivate
      MSAC Teaching Artist Roster: AiE funds available

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      K-12

      Curriculum Connections

      Dance, Music, Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages, Character/SEL

      This program is offered as:

      • residency
      • workshop
      • virtual
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  • Name or Art Agency:
    Artivate, Inc.
    Email:
    [email protected]
    Phone:
    (301) 588-7525
    State / County:
    Maryland

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