Gombey's by Sonju is a subsidiary of Sonju Enterprises, LLC. This is a performing and visual arts program using the art of dance as a creative form of communication to attentively develop rhythmic awareness, confidence and knowledge of self.
The name Gombey's by Sonju pays homage to Founder + Creative Director, Shayla-René's Bermudian heritage. The Gombey is an iconic symbol of Bermuda, a unique performing art full of colorful and intricate masquerade, dance and drumming. This folklife tradition reflects the island's blend of African, Caribbean and British cultures.
2023-2024 Dance Program
GOMBEY'S by SONJU
What You Need to Know
(3) Sessions Total | 2 Classes per Week
Serving ages 5-17
Fall Session ||| Sept. 4 - Nov. 17 (11 weeks)
Winter Session ||| Dec. 4. - Mar. 8 (11 weeks)
Spring Mini ||| Mar. 18 - May 17 (9 weeks)
***Only 5 slots available per division for NEW students. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis.***
Registration Fee (1x) for the year = $50
Each Session is $360/sessions @ $30/week @ $15/class
*Class times for age groups as well as payment options are below on registration form*
Throughout the course of the 3 sessions held during the academic year, students are submersed in a diverse movement curriculum with classes at the beginning, intermediate and advanced level inclusively. These 60-90 classes held twice per week are designed to engage students through group and individual participation.
Students will tap into pre-developed body awareness and control while exploring his or her creativity to gain a better understanding of the connection between movement, rhythm and music. Students are encouraged to think creatively and listen attentively while they develop rhythmic awareness and enhance their knowledge about the importance of strengthening their God given temple.
During each class students are:
Encouraged to think creatively and listen attentively while developing rhythmic awareness.
Enhancing their knowledge about the importance of strengthening their God given temple.
Gaining a better understanding of dance as a form of communication an art form + a discipline.
A MESSAGE FROM SHAYLA-RENÉ
I am thoroughly looking forward to the opportunity to work with your child(ren). I am a firm believer that dance is a creative form of communication. It allows us to express and connect in ways that the ordinary person does not. It translates to praise, unity and awareness of self.
Above all, it is the epitome of the fruits of the spirit as we work attentively, individually and collectively while developing rhythmic awareness and knowledge of self.
In 2015, in an effort to follow God's calling, I closed the doors of my studio, formerly Elsie M. Brown School of the Arts. This operation ran for 7 years with a minimum enrollment of 50 students per session. I knew that I would be led back to one of my drives, passions and love for providing dance education to all ages and levels.
In 2019 I was able to see this manifest via Gombey's by Sonju! I look forward to contributing to the social, emotional, spiritual and physical development of your child(ren)
The LORD answered me: "Write down this vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." - Habakkuk 2:2