The Ramayana: The Diwali Dance Workshop
Celebrate Diwali with The Ramayana Dance Workshop - perfect for Diwali 2019 which runs from Sunday 27th October to Thursday 1st November!
This dance workshop brings all the energy of Diwali into the heart of your primary school. Music and movements inspired by Indian culture will ‘light up’ your school hall.
The most well known story behind Diwali is in the Ramayana, the great Hindu epic about prince Rama and his wife Sita. This important literary work has been shared orally and through dance for centuries.
Important cross-cultural concepts like the power of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, freedom over oppression, and hope over despair are all touched upon.
The children vividly imagine and physically embody the different roles, dramatic situations and actions of the main characters in the Ramayana as they retell elements of this epic story through dance.
Diwali is embraced by a number of religions and is a metaphor for the idea of self-improvement. It’s fitting then that through inspirational dance, led by a West End choreographer, the children unite to celebrate this iconic story together.
By retelling the famous story through dance children improve their cultural understanding and confidence in self-expression.
Diwali Teaching Resource:
To celebrate Diwali we've created a fun game which you can download for free and use in the classroom: Diwali Diyas.
We are proud to support School Dance Week
What you need to know
Workshop leader: A West End dancer and choreographer experienced in working with children.
Topics: Storytelling through movement, responding to stimuli, creation of simple dances, expressing feelings.
Age range: Reception to Year 6. P1 to P7 in Scotland.
Location: In your school hall
Group size: Up to 30 children per class, 6 or 7 classes per day. Larger schools may need multiple days.