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Student performance opportunity!

This block (starting 23rd April) we’ll be preparing for a student performance at the Victoria Market African Festival on Sunday 29th May. Intermediate djembe, Monday dance and dundun dance students will be invited to perform.

Term dates – 5 weeks

  • 23rd April – 28th May
  • 30th May – 24th June (SHORT BLOCK 4 WEEKS)
  • 9th July – 12th August
  • 13th August – 16th September

Class Prices

Zoom $20, Live $25

Zoom $75, Live $100
(includes access to video recordings for 5 weeks)

$100/course. Bookings essential, limited numbers

Beginner African Dance with Mitzi – back to basics
(live drumming)

5-class pass $100 Live, $75 Zoom
Saturdays 11am-12.00
J Studios - 100 Barkly st, North Fitzroy (see map)
This class is for those new to West African dance. It provides an introduction to the relationship between the djembe signals and dance. Live drumming ensemble. Wear comfortable clothing, no shoes.

Dundun dance class

Next available course starts 9th July

$100 for 4 week course
Saturdays 12.15am-1.30pm starting 5th Feb
J Studios - 100 Barkly st, North Fitzroy (see map)
Dundun dance involves playing the stick drum (dundun) and incorporating some simple dance movements. Beginner level. Drums and sticks provided.

Beginner African Dance with Mitzi
(live drumming)

5-class pass $100 Live, $75 Zoom
Mondays 6.30-7.30pm
Brunswick South PS - 56 Brunswick rd, East Brunswick (see map)
Live drumming. Excellent class for beginners who are new to this style of dance (a small step up from Saturday's 'Back to Basics')

Intermediate African Dance with Mitzi
(live drumming)

5-class pass $100 (live or Zoom, video recordings supplied)
Mondays 7.30-8.30pm
Brunswick South PS - 56 Brunswick rd, East Brunswick (see map)
This class is action-packed and will leave you buzzing. Wear comfortable clothing, no shoes. For those with some African dance experience.

2-class discount

If you want to do both beginner and intermediate the prices are:

Casual (both classes) $37
5-class course (both) $175

“Sweet Mamas”

Daytime dance for all ages


5-class pass $100 Live, $75 Zoom
Thursdays 11am-12.00
J Studios - 100 Barkly st, North Fitzroy (see map)
This daytime class is suitable women of all ages and stages who are new to Afro dance. The emphasis is on creating a welcoming environment which allows participants to enjoy dancing to popular African music styles.

Afrostyle fitness video series

Want to get fit while dancing to infectious Afro-pop music?

Mitzi has created a series of four 20-minute videos designed to help you keep moving and grooving at home, starting out slowly and increasing in intensity. Purchase a single video or the whole series then work out as often as you like.

Getting started – Entry level moves. Connect with the rhythm and get your blood flowing.
Joy Lift your spirits. This is what dance is all about!
Smooth – Twist and wind – increase your suppleness and strength.
Strength – West African dance moves selected for building muscle and power.

Buy a single video for $15 or the full set for $50

Dancers with Melbourne Djembe do lots of performances!

Throughout the year, there are a range of opportunities to perform. They are all very relaxed, low-pressure events… (not compulsory, but HEAPS of fun)

End-of-term performance nights
Most terms we run a social get-together evening to showcase what we have been learning in class. Snacks, informal workshops and a chance to get to know the community.

Flash Mobs
For the last four years, we have done an annual flash mob in Melbourne CBD with approximately 10 drummers and up to 60 dancers.

Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival
Since 2015 we have been one of the main attractions at this vibrant celebration at Federation Square held annually in May.

Local Festivals, Fetes, Fundraisers & Farmer’s Markets!
Our students have performed at the Coburg Night Markets, the Brunswick South Art Fair, Ebola Fundraiser and ‘Run with Rhythm’ (Botswana fun run).

Flinders st flash mob

Dundun dance flash mob