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Resources for teachers and others who work with children
We've come a long way, thanks to many friends in our community. Please visit their web sites and get to know them, too!
This is just the start of a list we hope to expand. Send your ideas and suggestions to us!
Michael Clark describes himself as "Olympia's most experienced drum circle provider" and it's true. He's been going from "magic to manic" for years with many local schools and organizations.
Geoff Johns and Carol Lutra-Johns (Vashon Island) work as a team and as individuals to bring a broad array of world music grooves to schools. Geoff has worked with Sound Kids since our inception and never lets us down with his joy and expertise. Carol has been an excellent and inspiring dance teacher.
Janelle Keane Campoverde (in Seattle) is a highly sought-after samba dance instructor, as well as a teacher other genres and approaches to movement and music. She has also assembled as part of her team some of the finest Brazilian musicians to accompany her.
Kerri Lynn Nichols (in Olympia) believes "the magic of music and dance belongs to every person and it is our birthright to sing, dance, and play!" While Kerri is a national leader and presenter of Orff pedagogy, she offers a wide array of classes, workshops, and presentations for professionals and nonprofessionals. She's also a prolific composer and writer, and offers an array of her own valuable resources on her site.
Olympia Dance Center brings all the history, expertise and amenities of the Johansen School of Ballet into the future, with an expanded array of teachers and offerings. Many of their excellent faculty have worked in local schools. We've heard great things about hip hop at LP Brown!
Eduardo Mendonša (in Seattle) has been a Sound Kids teacher for many years and dazzles us with his energy, expertise, and heart. He is in high demand throughout the region as a teacher and performer.
Samba Olywa reigns as our local, premier community samba band and dance troupe, and stands at the headwaters of Sound Kids Drum and Dance!
Crow Drummers (in Olympia) invites all to "come visit West Africa with us!" They play traditional West African instruments (djembe, dundun, shakers, bells) and have a growing knowledge of West African rhythms and songs.