YWDEP in partnership with Hands on Drums and the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective presents:

Drum It Up, Call it Out!

A summer experience for young women ages 12-18
Led by “Drumlady” Kristen Arant, percussionist, performer and teaching artist, and featuring local teaching artists in West African drum and dance, poetry, spoken word, song and theater.

You will Learn:
*West African hand and stick drumming
*West African rhythms, songs and dances
*How to write poems, recite spoken word, write songs, sing and dance
*How to collaborate with others to create powerful performance pieces

You will Create:
*Your own rhythms, songs, poems, dances and spoken word pieces
*Lasting friendships with other young women
*Relationships with teaching artists and mentors
*Self awareness, Self-expression, Identity

You will Experience:
*A safe, all-girl space free of judgement
*Consistent compassion and encouragement during your process of creating art
*Release of anger, frustration and depression

Sundays 4-8pm
Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm

Sundays: June 18, 25; July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6,13, 20
Thursdays: June 22; July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24

Performances TBA

All Sessions held @ Hands on Drums, 602 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Sliding Scale, determined on a family-by-family basis

Click here to apply or email Kristen Arant to register: kristen@drumlady.com

Reflections on YWDEP from Kiran Gandhi, YWDEP member and mentor 2008-2011, currently drumming for world renown hip-hop artist, MIA.:

“Kristen has been a mentor to me ever since I first moved to DC for college in 2007. After seeing her perform with a group of talented young women, I was deeply inspired. That summer, she invited me to join the group of girls. We learned and practiced rhythms together and individually, inventing our own beats. We learned each others’ stories through poetry, dance and song. I remember leaving each meeting feeling energized and inspired. I still use beats I learned that summer today when touring with MIA. I even share and sing many of the call and response songs I learned when I am traveling and we need a pre-show ritual. Through summers I spent with the women and girls of YWDEP, I learned what female solidarity really is. I am still very close with many of the girls I met drumming together. YWDEP breeds close community, interpersonal communication skills, self-esteem development, acceptance of others and a safe space to be bold, daring and new. I wish every girl could be a part of YWDEP. It changed my life!”