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Dancing Drum

Dancing Drum

Dancing Drum’s mission is to EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN, and INSPIRE people of all ages through interactive, percussion-based programming and materials. We are a comprehensive resource for schools and other organizations that wish to incorporate drumming into their instructional day.

Since our

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Interactive Performance Assemblies - Drumming Up World Music


Program Description

Dancing Drum’s Interactive Performance Assemblies are high-energy programs that engage, entertain and inspire your entire school! From the first moments of a Dancing Drum assembly, students play and sing along with clapping, body percussion and vocal chants. Next, groups of 100 student volunteers come up to play drums and percussion instruments throughout the show. Schools receive two


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance
Artistic Discipline: Music
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Subject: Music
Population Served Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Programming is available the entire year. Contact us with dates you’re interested in and we’ll let you know if they are available.

Available times:

7:30am – 4:00pm

Space / technical requirements:

Due to large groups of students coming up to play instruments throughout the assembly, we prefer to be set up on the floor of the gym or multipurpose room. Students will sit on the floor theater style with an aisle in the middle. We will provide our own sound system, wireless microphones for performers, and a microphone for teachers or staff to make announcements. Arrival, load-in and set-up starts 1 hour and 15 minutes before the first assembly. Ex) First Assembly 9:00am – Arrival, load-in and set-up is at 7:45am.


Charlotte Mecklenburg County and surrounding area

Fees / Ticketing:

$1,275 fee includes 2 back-to-back assemblies either in the AM (before lunch) or PM (after lunch) at one school location. Assemblies can be 45min-60min in length. Additional assemblies, same day, same location, cost $450 each. Dancing Drum can provide up to 6 assemblies at one school during the school day.

AM Sample Schedule for a K-5 School 50 min Assemblies

Assembly 1: 9:00am-9:50am Grades K-2
Assembly 2: 10:00am-10:50am Grades 3-5

PM Sample Schedule for a K-5 School 50 min Assemblies
Assembly 1: 1:00pm-1:50pm Grades K-2
Assembly 2: 2:00pm-2:50pm Grades 3-5

Virtual Performance Assemblies

$350 for one 30 minute assembly
$600 for two 30 minute back-to-back assemblies


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. With our Rhythm Phonics method, we use the drum sounds “Boom” to represent the low sound and “Ba” to represent the high sound. We also use words/syllables, number groups and colors to teach rhythm patterns on instruments. These different verbal methods help the students to listen, speak and play the rhythm patterns correctly on their laps, claps, drums and percussion instruments.

SL1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. In addition to teaching rhythm patterns for the students to play, we also have a “Jam Time” section of the assembly for student improvisation. Students are asked to create a rhythm pattern on top of a steady pulse. They have to listen to each other’s pattern and make their patterns connect and work together in a community conversation on drums and percussion instruments.

L3: Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening. We use drum sounds, words/syllables, numbers and colors to represent rhythm patterns. Students use their knowledge of language to interpret how these verbal phrases translate to music patterns on their bodies, drums and percussion instruments.

NC Essential Standards:

3.CR.1: Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music. Our Interactive Performance Assembly program features African drums, Caribbean steel pans and South American percussion instruments. We discuss the origins of where they came from, how they were invented, their use in society and culture and how they have influenced the modern music we listen to today.

2.ICR.1: Understand healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships. Our Interactive Performance Assembly program features rhythms, songs and dances about Fairness, Caring, Responsibility and Respect. We use the power of drumming, singing and movement to reinforce the character lessons through teamwork and a positive community building experience for all students.

3.MR.1: Understand the interacting elements to respond to music and music performances. Through our Call & Response techniques, we create a rhythmic dialogue for students to participate in the musical conversation together.

 2ML.1.3Execute rhythmic patterns using body, instruments, or voice. Our Lap-Clap Body percussion enables all students to join in the rhythm conversation by playing rhythms on their bodies. Our Rhythm Phonics methods enables students to sing the rhythm pattern with the “Boom” (Low) and “Ba” (High) sounds, words/syllables, number groups and colors. Using these kinesthetic and verbal methods as a learning tool, students can play the rhythm pattern on drums and percussion instruments.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes



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Cancellation Policy

If a school has to cancel an ASC contracted program, the cancellation fee paid by the school to Dancing Drum is $250.