Youth Programs

West African Drum and Dance Class

November 17 – December 29, 2018

12:00 – 2:00 PM


Students in the West African dance class will learn steps and movements that have been used for hundreds of years to celebrate happiness, rites of passage, planting and harvesting and specific dances to overcome hardships in their lives. 

Drummer will learn the basic tones of the Djembe and Dunun drums as well as intricate rhythms and songs and their significance. The relationships between the drums and the dance is dynamic, with drummers responding to the dancers in energy, melody and speed of play. 

Classes are free and open to youth ages 10 – 18. 

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Call Marilyn Clark at 214-671-1998 or email


The South Dallas Cultural Center proudly partners with Big Thought/Thriving Minds Program to provide the highest quality youth and family multi-disciplinary arts programs. All of these programs are supported by a generous grant from CHASE Bank.



Summer Arts at the Center

Beginning June 5th, 2017 students will come to the South Dallas Cultural Center for a 5 week program filled with fun, culture, and art education. Our theme for 2017 is “The Middle Passage”.  Using the cultural arts – vocal and digital music, architecture, dance, drumming, photography, creative dramatics, film, gardening, creative writing, storytelling, yoga, drawing and digital art – students will focus on the horrific journey that brought enslaved Africans to the Americas.

Students will also enjoy educational field trips to the Dallas Museum of Art, African American Museum, Blackland Ranch, Freedman Cemetery, the Old Red Court House, weekly swimming lessons, as well as, Moments with the Elders – an opportunity for students to talk with wise people in the Dallas community.

Summer Arts at the Center Application

The South Dallas Cultural Center is a program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. All programs are subject to change without notice. Visit for up-to-date information on scheduled events. The South Dallas Cultural Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, and/or handicapped status in employment and/or the provision of services to the general public.