Please note that there will not be a Congolese Dance & Drum Workshop in Maui in 2013. We hope to announce camp dates in 2014.
For now, this page is for reference only. This page will provide you with some basic information about the classes, vacation activities, schedule and facilities at the Congolese Dance & Drum Workshop. You may also want to check out our Photo Galleries from previous years. If you have a specific question that is not answered here, please feel free to call Cai Sorlien in California: (530) 288-3603 or in Maui: (808) 573-4269.
Typical Daily Schedule
7:00 - 7:30 am Yoga
7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 am Congolese Ngoma Drum 1 (3 levels)
10:30 - 12:30 pm Congolese Dance 1 (all levels)
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
2:30 - 3:30 pm Congolese Song & Congolese Kisansi (thumb piano)
3:30 - 5:00 pm Congolese Ngoma Drum 2 (3 levels)
5:00 - 7:00 pm Congolese Dance 2 (all levels)
7:00 - 7:30 pm Yoga
7:30 - 8:30 pm Dinner
The day's class schedule is is subject to change by the CDDW staff. Each day's schedule is posted in the dining room first thing in the morning.
Congolese Dance Classes at the Workshops
Three levels of ngoma and conga drum instruction (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) are given for an hour and a half each morning and an hour and a half each afternoon. Simple skills tests will help students assess the right class for them. Advanced students may be invited by the drum instructors to join the drum line in accompanying the dance classes held throughout the day. More information about our drum classes
There is instruction in kisansi (thumb piano) and Congolese-style vocal classes offered in the early afternoon each day. Kalimbas are available for use in classes. More information about our kisansi and song classes
We always have a Beach and Tour Day, typically on a Wednesday, though last-minute weather plays a factor in selecting the precise date. CDDW participants carpool to a beautiful beach selected by our local Maui resident participants. There will be Congolese dancing, drumming and singing at the beach during the day; this is often the highlight of the camp experience, a not-to-be-missed event! A picnic lunch is provided by the CDDW staff. There will be an evening dance class back at Camp Keanae.
Enjoy the vibrant village-style atmosphere and an affordable vacation without participating in the daily offering of classes. Vacationers can experience the beauty and calm of nature, filled with the richness of Central African culture. All individuals present during the Congolese Dance & Drum Workshops are subject to tuition guidelines, so please advise any friends or family that wish to attend that they must register and pay upon arrival.
Work study staff positions are available for a discounted tuition.
Meals - Amazing choices
A delicious buffet of Congolese, Western and vegetarian options are prepared fresh every day in our own kitchen, using organic and locally grown produce from Maui whenever possible. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered to sustain participants throughout the full day of activities.
In our village, children encouraged to participate in this unique cultural experience. We have a wonderful team of experienced, loving childcare providers that supervise creative activities including arts and crafts, African dance classes and African music classes to enrich and encourage creative expression in children. Children must be toilet-trained to participate. Kindezi is available during all adult classes, so that parents and children may do meaningful activities together or separately. To request a brochure outlining CDDW kindezi policies and procedures, please contact Cai Sorlien when you register.
African Marketplace - Onsite shopping
The Marketplace offers an array of goods associated with African music, dance and culture, including arts and crafts, instruments, clothing, jewelry and more. Many of the Workshop's instructors are talented recording artists, painters and instrument makers, whose merchandise is available for purchase. Vendors must pay $40/day vendor fee and be registered as either participants (i.e. $90/day plus $40/day vendor fee) or vacationers (i.e. $60/day plus $40/day vendor fee).
2011 Camp Location & Transportation
The Congolese Dance & Drum Workshop has been held annually at YMCA Camp Keanae on Maui, Hawaii for 14 years. Halfway to Hana and overlooking the Keanae Peninsula, Camp Keanae is set along Maui's lush northern coastline in the heart of "paradise." The camp has a large dance hall with an excellent wood floor, a complete kitchen and indoor dining area. Camp Keanae offers indoor bunk houses that sleep 125 people. An open grass lawn by the ocean is available for tent camping. Workshop participants must provide their own camping gear, bedding, air mattress and/or foam pad.
YMCA Camp Keanae
13375 Hana Hwy • Keanae, HI 96708
Map & Directions
Flights to Maui’s Kahului airport leave from Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and LA. Plan ahead and travel during the week for the best fares.
Getting to Camp from Kahului: Car or taxi is the only transportation means from Kahului to Camp Keanae; it takes between 45 minutes to an hour.
By Taxi: From the Kahului airport there is taxi service to Camp Keanae for approximately $80. See the Courtesy Desk in the airport luggage area to arrange taxi transportation.
By Car: Take the Hana Highway (Route 360) towards Hana. The camp just under an hour's drive from Kahului, located above the Keanae Peninsula, past mile marker 16, on your left.