Youth Arts Program (YAP)
dance Immersion’s Youth Arts Program (YAP) provides a nurturing and supportive environment where children and youth are given the opportunity to build self esteem and self discipline through expressions that relate to them. The organization has served a diverse range of programs to youth designed for community involvement, exchange and education. Our current program works with NGOMA to offering drum classes.
NEW TERM BEGINS SEPTEMBER
YAP Drum Classes provide high-quality instruction on technique, rhythm and traditional practices originating from West Africa. Participants drum in a group setting and receive special attention to grow their musicality and leadership skills.
Classes take place at Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane Street (Jane north of Finch) every Tuesday from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Beginner to intermediate levels are welcome, offered for children and youth ages 5 and up. Affordable $10 drop-in and term rates available, along with drum rentals by request.
2017/18 Term Dates: September 19 to December 12, 2017, January 16 to April 10, 2018, April 17 to June 26, 2017
Save 50% Per Additional Child
With all the day-to-day expenses, we understand things add up. To make our Youth Arts Program more accessible, we are offering families a 50% discount of each additional child when registering for a full-term (new registrants only).
Youth Arts Program - Scholarship
dance Immersion is rewarding one lucky student per term with a Drum Class Scholarship to our Youth Arts Program (YAP). If you are a budding young artist or a parent that would love to enroll their child (ages 5 and up) in a West African drum class then WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Simply post a video up to 2 minutes, showcasing the contestant's artistic talent and explaining why they should be selected. We encourage submissions that highlight influences of the African Diaspora but welcome all forms of artistic expression. Post your entry on our Facebook page (@dance.immersion) using the hashtag #YAPscholarship.
If you don't have access to social media, email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post on your behalf.
Deadline to submit is FRIDAY AUGUST 25th at 5:00 PM.
The winner will be announced Monday September 4th, selected by our YAP committee.
Yohance Francis Parsons
Yohance started his musical career at the age of two at the Beaches Jazz Festival. As a young talented musician in the GTA community and founding member and active coach of Ngoma Drum and Dance Ensemble, Yohance Francis states that his love for music comes from the fact that it is an important part of his life that has always been at the centre of his being. He lists Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson as his musical influences due to the whole picture approach they have maintained; from writing, arranging, producing and performing. He performed for the late Johnny Cochrane and values his experience at the Me to We Day Celebration, Muthadi Drum Festival in Tobago and the Reveration Night- Emancipation Day celebration performance at Cape Coast Castle, Ghana. Yohance is also a founding member and writer of Beyond Sound Empijah.
NGOMA Dance and Drum Ensemble
NGOMA is an ensemble of performers who capture the essence of their cultural heritage through drum with a distinctive new vibe. Ngoma is committed to honoring their ancestry through the dynamic presentation of drum pieces that educates, empowers and embraces the majesty of African Heritage.
Formed in 1995 this is the second generation of this ensemble who have been provided with opportunities to perform compositions arranged by alumni members of the ensemble. Members range in ages from 5 to 14 with a mandate to further develop the education of their art, heritage and global leadership. The ensemble works out of the Driftwood Community Centre where drum instructions is provided in Toronto’s Jane and Finch community.
Thank you to our generous Funders