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Confluence Arts Center

A Day of Zimbabwean Dance and Music

Join us for a Day of Zimbabwean Dance and Music, celebrating the culture of Zimbabwe with Rujeko Dumutshena, Ratie Dangarembwa and John Mambira.

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A Day of Zimbabwean Dance and Music
A Day of Zimbabwean Dance and Music

Time & Location

Jul 24, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Confluence Arts Center, 20159 Hazelnut Ridge Rd, Scotts Mills, OR 97375, USA


About the event

Join us for a Day of Zimbabwean Dance and Music, celebrating the culture of Zimbabwe with Rujeko Dumutshena, Ratie D. and John Mambira. Enjoy a full day of dance, music and yoga offerings, or drop in when you can. Stay for an informal Zimbabwean performance sharing with our guest artists. 

Dance with Rujeko (12-1:15pm)

We will work with the cyclical rhythmic patterns that are a part of Zimbabwean dance technique. The intricacies offered in these patterns will   inform our movement vocabulary. This workshop will offer tools for internalizing rhythm through repetition and duration. We will establish and maintain our communal connection, while deepening our individual grounded and weighted movement.

Rujeko Dumutshena is a Zimbabwean-born dancer who specializes in neo-traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean dance. She is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Florida. Rujeko is part of the “Afro Feminist Performance Routes” cohort of Black female dance artists. She was an original ensemble member in The Broadway musical of FELA!

Song Class with Ratie (11am-12pm)

Ratie D is a singer and songwriter who aspires to share love and light . Her voice, coupled with the enchanting mbira instrument leaves audiences uplifted and energized. She will be teaching a vocal workshop based on an original composition called "Tsamba" which means a letter to the people of Zimbabwe celebrating the beauty of the nation  and its people.

Drum class with John Mambira (2-3pm)

John Munyaradzi Mambira is involved in many forms of art - acting, singing, dancing and playing music, from regions of southern Africa including Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. He has worked with various groups, both amateur and professional, and has taught workshops at many festivals. He is a phenomenal drummer, marimba player, and singer with a wide vocal range who has performed with his band, Bongo Love, all over the world, as well as with local groups in Eugene.

Isitshikitsha Dance originates from the Matabeleland region of Zimbabwe, Southwestern part of Zimbabwe. It is a dance performed at rain making ceremonies/ rituals by the Ndebele people of Zimbabwe.

Yoga and Sound with Brianna and Andre (10:30-11am and 3:15-4:15pm)

Participants will be guided by Brianna through a gentle flow into restorative yoga practice. Andre offers soothing sounds of Himalayan bowls, Gong, Didgerdoo and more to support deep relaxation.


  • 30 minutes

    Arrival + Welcome

    The Barn

  • 30 minutes

    Meditation and Yoga Warm Up

    The Barn
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  • Early Bird--Full Day w/lunch

    Available 7/7-7/11, this ticket includes the full day and locally sourced homemade lunch

    +$2.48 service fee
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  • Full Day w/lunch

    This tickets includes all classes, the performance, and lunch

    +$2.88 service fee
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  • Sliding Scale Full Day

    This ticket offers a 'pay what you can option' for the entire days classes and performance, and does not include lunch. Lunch can be purchased separately if desired. Suggested sliding scale rate is $65-99. We strive to make this experience accessible, while also supporting the amazing teachers sharing their art forms!

    Pay what you want
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  • Drop In/Sliding Scale

    This ticket provides an option to drop in to any class or classes. Suggested drop in rate is $14-22.

    Pay what you want
    +Service fee
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  • Lunch

    A homemade locally sourced (where available) lunch. Vegan and gluten free options available.

    +$0.40 service fee
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