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.

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Drumming Up World Music Interactive Performance Assembly


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, the sound of drum rhythms echo through your school while all students play and sing along with clapping, body percussion and vocal chants. Next, we bring up groups of student volunteers to play 100 drums and


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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, depending on bookings made locally and out of state.
Contact us with dates your are interested in and we let you know if we are available.

Available times:

8:00am – 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.


Charlotte Mecklenburg County and surrounding area

Fees / Ticketing:

The $1,125 fee includes 2 back-to-back assemblies either in the AM (before lunch) or PM (after lunch). Additional assemblies, same day, same location, cost $350 each. Cost is all-inclusive of program, travel, and lodging expenses to visit your school. Group booking discounts available for multiple schools in your district booking together at the same time.


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

Cancellation Policy

Though cancellation or rescheduling of events is extremely rare, if an event needs to be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, illness, impassible roads, or travel delays, we will work to find the best solution for a new date. Cancellation by the client with 30 days or more advance notice will result in the loss of deposit. Cancellation by the client with 29-15 days advance notice will result in the loss of deposit and 50% of the balance due, payable within 30 days. Cancellation by the client with 14 days or less advance notice will result in loss of deposit and 100% of the balance due within 30 days. Cancellation by Dancing Drum will result in the full return of client’s security deposit and a 10% discount on a similar program in the future.