Drums provide dancers’ music

Drummers and dancers will take centre stage during the Big Bang Drum and Dance Extravaganza.

The family event will feature fire dancing, African dance and contemporary dance set to a drum beat.

Flute will be added for a Middle Eastern feel as the bellydancers take the floor.

“All the dancers will be accompanied by live percussionists,” said Dave McGrath, organizer of the event. “Some of it’s improv, some of it’s choreographed.”

The audience will have opportunities to join the dancers and a community drum session is planned – bring your own drum.

McGrath wanted to highlight the drum and dance community in Nanaimo.

“I have a lot of musical ideas and I wanted to work with dancers,” McGrath said.

Money raised from the event will go to Nanaimo Foodshare, which will also supply food at the event.

The Big Bang Drum and Dance Extravaganza is set for Saturday (Dec. 8), 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s church hall. Tickets are $10 in advance from the House of Indigo or Foodshare on Pine Street; $12 at the door. Children age 10 and under receive free admission.

For more information, please call 722-3096.

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