Irene Smalls, Author/Storyteller, illustrates the imagination. Introduce young children to history in the touch of the scary Jack Muh Lantern of Halloween, Shuck corn a little while at the Thanksgiving Cornshucking Harvest celebration, dance in rags and tatters celebrating a 200 year old American holiday from, Africa, The Johnkankus.
A costume, props, music, and YOU are part of the show.
The show runs from 30 - 45 minutes. Children participate in the stories and the grand finale, Johnkankus parade. This show is suitable for children ages 4 - 9 years of age.
PERFORMANCE: African & Afro-Centric weddings & events.
Our dancers & African drummers make your event truly memorable.
Lady Jonkonnu put together a drum and dance group that entertained our wedding guests. It was extremely authentic and everyone loved it! She brought our wedding to another level. We had a few needs that changed at the last minute and she was completely flexible.
Response from Lady Jonkonnu:
First of all congratulations again on your wedding. In the midst of starting a new life with a beautiful and gracious bride and getting ready for your honeymoon to Paris and Morocco the fact that you took the time to write a review is extremely gracious. It was our pleasure to witness and to add in some small way to your glorious wedding day.
As a first grade teacher in Newton I have had the privilege of watching Ms. Smalls perform for many years. Ms. Smalls is an engaging and captivating speaker. She references her wonderfully diverse picture books and inspires many of the students. She incorporates academic content into the presentation when talking about onomatopoeia. Her presentation is full of dance, music, singing, and acting. We always look forward to having Ms. Smalls present to the classes. The kids always come back into the classroom wanting to write and draw. As a published author, she informs the students about her process and allows for questions at the end. I highly recommend Ms. Smalls as a presenter, educator, and talented author.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 20 - 60 minutes
What to Expect
Audience members participate in the storytelling by dancing and chanting. They will hear, rhythm, rhyme, music and different voices. Audience members will also see a fantastical costume showcased with drumming, hand clapping and songs.
PERFORMANCES for General and African & Afro-Centric weddings & events.
Our dancers & African drummers make your event truly memorable. We can play light background music or raise the roof upon the entrance of the bride or the special guest. Get attendees at your event dancing to the beat of African drummers. A brief African dance class before our presentation and your guests join us in a rousing dance session following the lesson.
Your guests participating in the performance is optional.
Highlight cultural heritage during African-American History month or any day of the year.
We also can teach African dance and African drumming to attendees at your next event for a unique event element.
African Drum performances are perfect for religious ceremonies, outdoor events or as filler music between main parts of a program.
Our regular storytelling program involves one storyteller but can also include African dance and drumming.
Irene Smalls, MBA, is a graduate of Cornell University. She has performed as a storyteller for audiences all over the world for the past twenty years. She is the award-winning author of 10 books for children and three storytelling CDs. She has twice performed at the White House.
She customizes each presentation to meet the needs of the client or event planner.
Smalls is the creator of Literacy Exercise=Literacise™ and Hairmath™.
Additional Booking Notes
Sound system with portable mic.
Past Booked Events
|September 13, 2014||Fundraiser|
|March 04, 2014||Other|
|November 09, 2013||Wedding Ceremony|
Interactive presentation of children's books:
Jonathan and His Mommy, Kevin and His Dad, The Johnkankus and more.
Influences & Inspiration
Influences include folk music, folktales, poetry, rhythm and blues and gospel.
Portable mic, sound system with cd
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