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interactive_gumboot_dancing

‘Gumboot dancing originated in the gold mines of Johannesburg, deep down in the shafts. The miners used the sounds of stepping together, smacking their boots, clapping their hands and dancing together to create a gumboot dance rhythm to distract them from the long treacherous hours beneath the ground and to operate as a team..’

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“dance like nobody is watching you...”

How does it work?

  • A pair of gumboots and ankle shakers will be provided for each delegate (Hardhats and/or bandannas on occasion).
  • We will teach you how to use the gumboots and your body to make the slapping and stomping noises and a traditional song.
  • Soon you will know the whole dance sequence – your whole company will join in the synergy.
  • Depending on the size of the group, we will split you into smaller groups, you will then work together – very synchronized – staging your own “industrial theatre”!
  • Culminating in an event enjoyed by all.

“Everyone is energized, motivated and focused”

 
Interactive Gumboot Dancing

requirements

  • A level space, big enough for each delegate to stand/move/dance comfortably.
  • Each person to bring their own pair of thick socks (knee high rugby socks for instance).
  • An approximate indication of the sizes of gumboots we should bring along (the quantity of male/female participants should give us a fair idea).
  • Participants to preferably wear comfortable pants (If you really want to go all out, get everyone to wear an overall!!).
  • A power point for groups 80 and more, for our Sound system
“The gumboot dancing was unbelievable and all my guests thought so too.. ” - FUJITSU SIEMENS"

benefits

  • Breaks down the Barriers of Race, Language, Gender & Hierarchy
  • Builds personal and team confidence
  • Builds group synergy
  • Is co-operative = NOT COMPETITIVE
  • Releases stress
  • Motivates
  • Promotes group awareness
  • Promotes Self Exploration
  • Highlights group communication
  • Creates spontaneity, Fun and Laughter

 

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