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‘The whole experience was the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve never had any formal training in dance so on a personal level it was amazing to challenge myself. It has inspired me to get involved in more projects like this’ Dancer, ‘The Tempest’, 2016

Global Grooves support artists at every career-stage, providing opportunities to develop skills, ambition, and depth in their practice. Our shorts courses and master classes provide training for hundreds of students each year, whilst emerging and experienced artists also have access to international research and development trips, practice-sharing forums, national networks, and employment.

Creating Carnival 2016

Creating Carnival 2016

Previous international study trips completed by our core artist and project delivery team include:

  • Creating Carnival ‘Singapore’ – Feb 2017
  • R&D in Trinidad for emerging artists/project management team – Feb 2017
  • Musical training and social enterprise development in Gambia – 2016
  • Visiting artists from China for ‘Mossley Light Festival’ – 2016
  • Performances and partnership building at Coburg Samba Festival, Germany – 2015
  • Creating Carnival ‘Trinidad’ – 2014
  • Visiting artists from America ‘Future Leaders’ – 2014   

  • Creating Carnival ‘New Zealand’ & ‘Singapore’ & ‘Australia’ – 2014
  • Creating Carnival ‘New Zealand’ – 2013
  • R&D/youth social project research in Brazil – 2013
  • Visiting artists from Brazil for ‘Percussion, songs and dances of the Orixas’ – 2010
  • R&D for ‘Afoxé’ production, in Brazil – 2009
  • R&D/youth social project research in Brazil – 2007
  • R&D trip to Japan – 2005
  • Annual international relations visits to sponsor/partner in Brazil – 2004 to present

Several of these trips further developed into what became Global Grooves’ ‘Creating Carnival’ programme – a series of workshops, conferences, and practice sharing platforms to promote global connection and partnership working. These trips have included aspects from artistic development through to building new partnerships and enterprise overseas.

To find out more about the ‘Creating Carnival’ UK project, visit:  www.creatingcarnival.org

Closer to home, our work with artists has seen a huge growth in our extended artist team, inspiring independent international research trips for even our youngest emerging trainees via the Future Leaders project, right through to established artists exploring new directions in their delivery.

Global Grooves deliver annual training opportunities for participants centred around feedback from our student base alongside popular workshops formats including master class weekends, short courses over 6-8 weeks, residential training weekends, unConference events, and more.

During the development of our ‘Future Leaders’ programme, a number of high-profile industry specialists and experts have joined our extended artist team; this year’s delivery team saw the addition of Shaune Harrison (special make up effects artist) and Johnny Kalsi (founder of the Dhol Foundation and WOMAD ambassador) to our network.

To meet our Future Leaders delivery team, visit:    www.futureleaders.org.uk

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Creating Carnival Singapore

12th - 18th February Leon Patel Open Level

Creating Carnival Singapore 2017 We are pleased to announce our second Creating Carnival Singapore programme. The Global Grooves team will be delivering a series of percussion, dance and song master-classes and workshop in collaboration with the numerous carnival collectives based in the City. The programme will feature open workshops in partnership with Singapura Dub Club […]

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Percussion & Songs of the Orishas – Residential

3 - 4 Days Leon Patel Open Level

This weekend aims to provide an insight into some of the connections, similarities and differences between the music of the Orishas in Cuba and Brazil. It will establish strong building blocks to aid continued study of the ritual praise rhythms that have developed independently in both countries. Each rhythm will be built in relation to clave and the function of each drum of the ensemble. The role and voice of the speaking drum in many of its different forms, rum, caja, iya, yanofo, will be explained and examples of phrases and conversations given. Songs will also be taught for each of the praise rhythms and we will spend time strengthening the familiarity and ability with singing and playing at the same time.

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Samba Workshop with Eraldo Marques

6 Hours Eraldo Marques Open Level

Samba Workshop with Eraldo Marques. Join Samba Specialist Eraldo Marques for this special workshop with Slick Stick Sambastic. Global Grooves founder and lead artists Eraldo is delighted to be visiting their home-base at Huddersfield University to deliver this special one off class, open to all. The workshop will be suitable for all levels of ability and all are welcome.

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Batukada Academy

Weekly Eraldo Marques Open Level
Batukada Academy – Global Grooves
Love drumming? Love Samba? You’ll love Batukada Academy ! Led by internationally renowned