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NEMA takes pride in working with the community and its children

“Celebrating Youth at its Finest”

Children of all years are invited to dance and create art with NEMA. Playful demure sessions will explore the rich and varied movements of ethnic dances, mixed art mediums, and musical rhythms. Sessions will be offered to groups of 4 to 6 students or more for after school gatherings, and performances such as talent shows, birthday parties, Quinceañeras, or just for pure fun and recreation. Arts and crafts and drumming sessions can be added to your party for a slight additional fee. Please contact Jahnema at (805) 218-2312 to organize your session today.

No Experience Necessary


  • To foster an understanding and appreciation for various world cultures
  • To promote tolerance for all of humanity
  • To learn and practice regional dances of various nations
  • To learn the historical/geographical origins and other contextual aspects of the dance form in order to gain a deep understanding of the regional dances of various nations
  • To explore the unique differences of each culture but to also recognize the distinct similarities that cultures share
  • To undo cultural stereotyping by gaining a deeper understanding of each culture
  • To instil the love of dance and curiosity for learning
  • To foster self-confidence, self-esteem and self-expression
  • To engage in inquiry, problem solving and critical awareness