Dance, Drum & Imagination Summer Camp 2017-03-07T00:47:21+00:00

Dance, Drum & Imagination Summer Camp

A Creative Space for Children to Unleash Their Imaginations

July 5 – August 11, 2017

9:00am – 3:00pm | Early drop off: 8:30am | Extended Day: 3:00 – 6:00pm | Register NOW

@ Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
1368 Fulton Street (between Brooklyn Ave and New York Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11216

The time has come for young artists (ages 3-7) to unleash their imagination and learn about African-rooted music and dance from across the Diaspora! Join us this summer as we explore our creative voices through six exciting weeks of dance & movement, song, percussion, and a variety of visual art forms.


At Cumbe, our goal is to tap into children’s amazing capacity for imagination and wonder, while introducing them to the joy and vitality of dance, song and rhythms of Africa and it’s diaspora in the Caribbean, Latin America and the U.S. We believe children learn through fun and play, and we design our lessons with that in mind.

Cumbe is a small camp. Cohorts are limited to 13 students so our teachers will have a chance to really get to know your child. At the end of each two week session the campers and instructors will put on a show demonstrating all they have done. Producing a show also means collaboration. So the children will learn how to work with others, share ideas, and create a production they can be proud of. Above all, we want your children to leave camp each day smiling and excited!

Join us for an Info Session to learn more about the program, meet the teaching artists, and get a taste of the camp experience.

February 25, 2017
2:00 – 3:00pm

March 18, 2017
2:00 – 3:00pm

April 22, 2017
2:00 – 3:00pm

May 13, 2017
2:00 – 3:00pm

June 3, 2017
2:00 – 3:00pm

All Info Sessions will be at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.
1368 Fulton Street (between Brooklyn Ave and New York Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11216

Register TODAY and SAVE 10% with Early Bird Discounts (available now through April 26th).

Discounts are also available for siblings and campers who register for four or more weeks. Contact us for more details.

Tricks and Tales

$760for two weeks
  • July 5-14, 2017
  • Laugh, learn and create with us as we follow the mischievous exploits of Anansi the Spider, Brer Rabbit and other tricksters from African and African-American folk tales. Campers will explore their own creative voice, ingenuity and imagination through a mix of performing and visual arts. They’ll learn riddles and games while creating songs and dances based on folk traditions. Campers will also create forests, villages and briar patches, filling them with puppets, masks, and costumes of creatures who live there. At the end of the session, campers will get to share their creations with family and friends in a fun performance for all.

Train Ride Through the Diaspora

$900for two weeks
  • July 17-28, 2017
  • Take a train ride through the Diaspora to explore the rhythms and customs of NYC’s culturally rich communities. We’ll make imaginary stops in Harlem for Senegalese Sabar, the South Bronx for American Hip Hop, Flatbush for Caribbean Carnival dances, El Barrio for Puerto Rican Bomba, Astoria for Brazilian Samba and Jackson Heights for Colombian Cumbia – all the while keeping our eyes and ears open for what connects these cultural dances and what makes them unique. Back ‘home’, inspired by sights and sounds of our journey, we’ll use arts, crafts, music and dance to create our own NYC Diaspora dance festival for family and friends.

Dance to the Afro Beat

$900for two weeks
  • July 31 – August 11, 2017
  • Drawing inspiration from the life and music of Afro Beat pioneer Fela Kuti, contemporary African popular music, and Nigerian folk tales, campers will explore the idea of creating ‘movement for a movement’. We’ll envision what a joyful, fair world looks like and create Afro Beat-inspired dances and musical numbers to match our visions. Campers will also bring their ideal world to life through dioramas, masks, costumes and other crafts. At the end of our deep dive into joy, justice and Nigeria, family and friends will get to experience these world visions in a fun performance for all.