The African Drum & Dance Parent Association (ADDPA) is a non-profit community based organization founded in 1992 by Kevin Collins. Students aged 2 through adult are instructed in the art of West African Drum and Dance. They receive lessons on African history and culture, they learn vital entrepreneurial skills such as drum repair, drum making, creating African shakers (Shakaree) from gourds, jewelry and belt making in the Entrepreneurial Program. All items the students create are sold in our Store. Mentoring services are provided. As students become proficient in the art of drum and dance they showcase their skills in colorful and vibrant performances around the City, County and State. Classes are held at the Historic Masonic Temple, Downtown Flint.
African Drum & Dance Association is expanding their programming to after-school at Traditional and Charter Schools. Activities will include West African Drum and Dance Classes, building and repairing African Drums, fabric art-designing African Costumes, designing jewelry and making other accessories. In addition, students will learn entrepreneurial skills, retail and managing a store. For more information contact us.
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Jewellynne S. Richardson, Chair
Annie Odom, Treasurer
Janice Vizcarra, Secretary
Todd Womack, Board Member
Rodney Collins, Board Member
Shelly Sparks, Board Member
Abhishek Utekar, Board Member
Melody Smith, Board Member