Dance, Music

Grade Level: pre k, k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Language: english, Twee

Regions: Norman, Parklands, Interlake, Westman, Central Plains, Pembina Valley, Eastman, Capital Region



Evans Coffie, originally from Ghana, West Africa, has spent his life surrounded by music and dance. As a child he was hand picked by the Ghanaian National Dance Company where he honed his craft. Through the company he toured the world sharing his cultural heritage with all. He immigrated to Canada where he continued the wonderful tradition of sharing his cultural heritage. He has been teaching and performing for over 30 years. Added by the Manitoba Arts Council and Folklorama, Evans has been teaching and touring throughout Canada and the United-States sharing his knowledge, enthusiasm and love for rhythms and movements.


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Project Samples

Interactive African drumming residency

A fun filled week of learning the basic hand movements on the djembe. We will explore many basic rhythms and students will have time to explore and showcase what they have learned by the end of the residency.

Interactive African dance residency

A fun filled week of learning basic African dance moves. We will explore some of the basic African dance moves and their symbolism along with a variety of African music. Students will learn a few routines and have time to explore and create their own routines to African music. Students will have a chance to showcase everything they have learned at the end of the residency.

Interactive African rhythms and movements residency

This residency combines both a dance and drumming workshop. Students will learn the basics on the djembe and will learn traditional dance moves along with a wide variety of African music. All will be showcased at the end of the residency.


Coffieman is truely special. He has a talent for connecting with the students which gives them confidence and the willingness to try anything. Students are enamoured with him, and are sad to see him go. In the hallways, all I hear is students humming and singing his songs. It was a real pleasure to have him teach with us for a week. I can’t wait to have him back.


« Thank you coffieman for teaching me drums and singing and magic string and dancing and fun stuff »

—Student, grade 5