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Bobby Bovenzi

Discipline: Dance, Interdisciplinary, Music, Theatre
Homebase: Summerland
Languages: English
Contact Me: (250) 494-1288 , Email , Web

I am a registered Artist In Residence within SD23, as well as registered Arts Starts Artist in the Classroom Faculty for BC. Over the past 13 years I’ve received 75 education grants in the Okanagan to work with children in the schools. I've earned a M.Ed and BS in African and African American Studies, and have had 4 years of intimate instruction and course work from Master Drummer Khalid Abdul N'Faly Saleem within this curriculum. His teaching of Unity in the Community through the Djembe "Anke dje, Anke be" meaning everyone gather together in peace is where the Djembe derives it's name and formed the foundation of my life's work. I have worked as a full time Rhythm and Movement specialist for 18 years and have gained a great awareness of the many cultures around the world who share drum, dance and song. My clients include participants with disabilities, seniors centres, pre-school through upper education, corporate team building, private parties, festivals and fundraisers. A typical session includes instruction on how to play the instruments, dance and singing lessons. Every participant will learn the names of each instrument and how drum, dance and song are utilized in the life of a West African village and around the globe. I encourage the group to work as a team and emphasize having fun over perfection. Many participants feel energized and over come with joy with the experience of community music making, and connect in meaningful ways that promote acceptance and patience.


The week was a complete success! Students teachers and families were thrilled with the residency. Excitement, creativity and team work were all evident as the week progressed and students were exposed to new cultures and forms of expression Katherine Key, Watson Road Music K-8 Specialist, SD23
I have taught music in the public school system for 14 years and within a few minutes of Bobby's instruction, I could see that he wad a highly skilled musician, was very organized, could easily manage teaching a group of 25+ and above all is very passionate about his craft! Katherine Tisher, Anne McClymount Music K-8 Specialist, SD23
Our Foods, Dance, Social Studies, and Leadership Development instructors all benefited from Bobby's time in a special way. He clearly loves what he does and that was contagious and life giving to the groups. We. as a school, would love any opportunity to have Bobby back! Kyla Winacott. Mount Boucherie Secondary School, Indigenous Studies Teacher

Project Examples

Drum, Dance, and Singing

As students participate in drumming, dancing and singing they will build cultural understanding, patience, teamwork, self-confidence, and self-regulation through the instruction of drumming as an art and a recreation, culminating in a rhythm assembly where parents are invited, fostering a sense of community and celebration. Students will have two-four classes of direct, hands-on group instruction on the djembe and dunun (African drums). Each class will begin by learning the proper way to play the djembe hand drum, as well as the dunun stick drum using games that foster leadership and collaboration. Each class will create a unique rhythm that supports the traditional African dance steps and songs lead by the instructor, as well as self generated dance steps known to students. The final day's schedule includes 20 minute rehearsals for each class to learn how to approach the drums from their assembly position, proper stage presentation and a final run through before their assembly.

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