|1st hour||Briefing at Azizi Life: Introduction of the history of dancing in Rwanda, reasons behind imitating cows’ movements.|
Welcoming songs and drumming.
|2nd hour||Demonstration and coaching from Experts (Dancers), Practice for apprentices guided by experts. Here you will be taught how to move your feet, arms, the whole body. You will have short breaks and may ask as many questions you have.|
|3rd hour||Learn how to combine all your new moves into a short traditional dance. Then you can have go at the drumming.|
|Conclusion||Finally, there will be opportunity to head back to the Ellen Campus to peruse all of the beautiful, handcrafted goods on offer from our artisan partners. This is a wonderful way to gather gifts and souvenirs which you can be confident are fair trade and making an impact.|
How to prepare and things to know
- Men and women will receive special traditional clothes for the dancing session.
- Women may want to bring a tank top to wear underneath, and men may want to wear shorts underneath.
- We recommend you wear closed-toed shoes that you would be comfortable running in. You might also consider bringing a spare pair of shoes in case you would like to change.
- Be prepared to spend time in the sun.
- You will be supplied by Azizi Life with plenty of bottled water.
- Bring a camera or video camera if you wish: the dancers won’t mind.
- Don’t be anxious! The dancers know you are from a different culture and are unlikely to be able to dance so hard or for long. They won’t laugh if you don’t get the hang of a dance. Or rather, they may well laugh, because they take great pleasure in life, but they will be laughing with you, not at you. You can opt out of any activity at any point, and instead sit and watch.
- There will be a translator with you: feel free to ask as many questions as you wish.
- Ensure that you have health insurance to cover your visit. We do all we can to ensure your safety during your visit. In the case of an accident, we will ensure you get appropriate medical attention. However, you must cover the costs through your insurance.
- Additionally, our tourism activities helps support the work by our local non-profit, Azizi Life Impact, which undertakes various community development programs including adult literacy.