Mamadêlê Foundation offers a comprehensive arts-in-education program that includes residency, lecture-demonstrations, workshops and family programs. These are comprised of Afro-Brazilian percussion, dance and martial arts programs that weave geography, social studies, history and religion into the curriculum.
Since its inception, Mamadêlê has offered arts-in-education programs on the music, dance and martial arts of Brazil throughout the United States. The arts education services that we provide are tailored to the unique needs of each school and the needs of specific student populations. Our programs serve early childhood (Pre-K through 2nd grade), elementary, middle and high schools students as well as college and general audiences.
Students will learn a wide range of rhythms which include traditional Afro-Brazilian rhythms and popular rhythms from Afro-Brazilian percussion groups such as Timbalada, Olodum and Ile Aiye.
Students will learn a range of dances including samba, orixa dances, maculêlê and capoeira
Students will learn the basics of this dynamic Afro-Brazilian martial art.
Workshops are available from one-time workshops to semester-long residencies.
Residencies taught by Mamadêlê Foundation Artistic Director and master Afro-Brazilian percussionist Dendê Macêdo are currently in four public schools in Philadelphia: Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Lincoln High School, Farrell Elementary and Carnell Elementary!