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The Summer Culture Project

June 24-28, 2024 ~ 9:30 am. -5:00 pm
At Englewood Christian Church
For kids ages 8-12


The Summer Culture Project is a week-long day camp where children will explore culture through rhythm, song, dance, folk art and cuisine from four world regions: Middle East North Africa (MENA), East Asia, Latin America and Polynesia.

Along with daily cultural arts education, students will enjoy free choice time to socialize through games, music, and outdoor play.   Students will perform what they have learned throughout the week in a final show on Friday evening for parents and community members.  There will be a live stream for those without the ability to attend in person. 


Adult Classes: 5:00-6:00 pm. We will have evening classes for adults taught by the camp instructors for the general community will feature drumming and rhythm of Peru, Egypt, India and dance from Polynesia.   All events are free of charge. See more information below.


Free Classes for Teen and Adults

June 24th, Cajon: (Drum) With Luciana Proano

A native of Peru, Luciana will explore the cajon through Peruvian rhythms and culture.  You will learn how to chant the rhythms, then put them into your body with clapping and foot stomping and then to play on the cajon.  Luciana will present Afro-Peruvian rhythms with are polyrhythmic.  There will be time for exploration and creation of your own rhythms as well as playing together in unison andJune 24th, Cajon: With Luciana Proano counterpoint.  This class is for all levels.  There will a limited number of cajon to use so please bring your own if you have one. 


June 25th, - Indian Tabla (Drum) with Jaspal Singh.

Master drummer and musician, Jaspal Singh will teach an introduction to the Indian tabla.  He will teach finger placement on the drum and introduce basic Indian rhythms.  He will also look at how the drum is presented within Indian music.  This is a rare chance to have complex technique broken down by a master player.  You do not need to have any drumming experience for this class.  There will be Arab tablas to play and a limited number of Indian tablas to try. 

June 26th, - Arab Tabla (Drum) with Susu Pampanin.

Mater Arab percussionist, Susu Pampanin will teach a fast paced and fun drum class beginning with basic hand placement, dooms (low sound) and tecks (high sound) technique using the Beledi rhythm of Egypt as a starting point.  Beginning players will be able to catch on to the basic rhythms while experienced players will be able to add flourishes and rolls creating the full Egyptian sound. Susu’s enthusiasm makes you want to drum.  Drums will be available to use.


June 27th, - Maori Haka (Dance) with Cami Wilson.

Camille Wilson will teach technique and the significance of the Maori Haka. You will learn facial expressions, tongue sticking, sharp hand and body movements, chants and loud slaps and stomps of your hands and feet.  Cami will also explore the Haka’s rich history as its origins trace back to the Maori people’s war dances and how it is used today in Maori culture for celebrations, grief, and praise.  This class will be fun!  Don’t miss this opportunity to try this exciting dance and experience a bit of Cami’s South Pacific culture.  This class is appropriate for all fitness levels. 

Text (509) 906-1999 or Email with questions or for more information.

Artist’s Bios

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Jaspal Singh

Jaspal Singh was born in India and has lived all over Europe and the United Kingdom before settling in Italy for 20 years. He began studying tabla when he was 12 years old in India. He has gone on to perform in most European countries, India, Canada, and the United States. He also plays harmonium and many other Pujabi instruments. As well as being a well-known musician, Jaspal practices Gatke, Seik martial arts. He learned it in childhood and wanted all of his children to know Gatke which is important for Sieks as a religious sport. It is also good for health and self-defense. Jaspal came to Yakima because the local Seik community called him to lead them as a preacher and religious singer.

Luciana Proano

Luciana Proaño is a Portland based Peruvian dancer and artist dedicated to multidisciplinary and cross-cultural work. Her unique aesthetic style shows that her Peruvian heritage and world travels are blended deeply in her subconscious. Luciana says of her teaching philosophy, “I teach for people to discover something about themselves while enjoying collaboration and community. Mythology fosters open minds in a diverse world where we are a microcosm of that diversity. In the use of archetypes, diversity has convergence.” Luciana is part of Young Audience Arts for Learning, a program which brings arts into the schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Kids love her dynamic teaching style and boundless energy.

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Camille Wilson

La ora na, my name is Camille Wilson. I was born in Papeete, Tahiti, with is part of the Polynesian region of the South Pacific. Later, I moved to the Melanesian region and Noumea, Nouvelle Caledonie, became my home. I am excited to teach our community about the significance of the Haka and how it is used in our culture for celebrations, grief, and praise. The Haka is a traditional Maori dance involving facial expressions, tongue sticking, sharp hand and body movements, chants and loud slaps and stomps of your hands and feet. The Haka has a rick history and its origins trace back to the Maori people’s war dances. Still, the Haka has no limits as it is used as the ultimate form of expression and performed on various occasions. Each movement tells a story and is part of the language that the South Pacific shares. I look forward to meeting you and sharing about my culture.

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