What is Kiduku?
Kiduku is an East African dance style requiring coordination, strength and positive energy. It represents our commitment to developing our unity, health and wellbeing as a community - as well as enjoying music and culture together!
Performing Arts for our Community
Kiduku Rhythms Community Interest Company is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Plumstead, London. We support community integration and draw on elements from a diverse range of cultures to celebrate our individuality and our unity.
Our performing arts projects focus on wellbeing and positivity. You definitely don't need to be a pro to have a go! Everyone is welcome to come and experience the joy of music and stories, and of being part of a supportive community encouraging you to be your best self.
We provide a basis on which for you to truly explore your own creativity. Find your niche and we will help you develop your skills for progression. Aim high and keep going!
Before Kiduku Rhythms came about, founders Lizzie & Silyvesta worked together in Tanzania and Namibia on similar community projects. We used performing arts as a means of inspiring young people facing unimaginable challenges in their lives to believe in, and realise their potential - on and off the stage.
Silyvesta was a professional dancer with heaps of experience as a dance teacher in primary and secondary schools across a vast area of Western Tanzania. He was also Secretary for Arts & Culture in a grassroots organisation supporting local youth and often called upon by local authorities to lead cultural projects.
Lizzie has a background in teaching and social work and a passion for performing arts. She has taught languages and more from nursery right through to university - in the UK, Germany, Namibia and Tanzania. Across all these groups, she recognised self-confidence as a major obstacle to progress for many students. Incorporating drama and music into lessons had an amazing impact!
We first came together to run a rehabilitation project for street children in Tanzania. Our diverse programme based on literacy, health and wellbeing included sports and arts training. Dance, singing and acrobatics were very popular and especially effective at boosting self-esteem and focussing the group. From then on, we repeated our techniques over many more community projects with great success.
...Fast forward a few years later, we are bringing those same positive performing arts vibes home to London! Our company is focussed on making a big, positive contribution to our community rather than big profits. That also means we try to minimise charges and maximise inclusivity. Join in!
At Kiduku Rhythms Community Interest Company, we take child safety very seriously. All our Kiduku Kidz staff have enhanced DBS checks, undergo appropriate safeguarding training, and follow strict policies and procedures designed to protect the children in our care. We are fully insured for all the activities we offer and compliant with relevant government regulators.
Our commitment to safety and wellbeing guided our decision to register Kiduku Kidz Performing Arts Club on Ofsted's voluntary register (as a performing arts provision, registration is not compulsory). Our application has been accepted (no. 996738) and is currently being processed in a long queue, but all the required safeguarding measures are already in place at our club and we are inspection-ready.
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Performing Arts in Plumstead
We'll have a stall on the stage at Plumstead Community Market this Saturday 21st September, 11am-3pm. See you there!
Sep 19th, 2019
KIDUKU KIDZ GOES OUT AND ABOUT
Don't miss us! We will be out and about around Plumstead Common 10th-13th Sep after school! Come shake body in the sunshine and learn how to shaku shaku. #mansnothot!
Sep 9th, 2019
Part of our plan to support community integration is welcoming local collaborations.
Whether you have a community group you think might benefit from a performing arts session with us, or you are involved in teaching any kind of music, dance, drama or performance and would like to share your magic with us - or both! - please contact us :)
If you have a dance idea that doesn't fit into any of our project programmes, you're welcome to get in touch about private hire for dance coaching. Here are some examples of services we can offer:
fun kids parties
wedding dance choreography and lessons
promotional events for businesses
corporate team-building activities
any group performance preparation
...got another idea? Run it past us...
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