RhythmDance is a powerful and uplifting dance workout that blends percussion, drumming and dance choreography. Learn to dance while drumming, playing shakers, twirling canes and so much more. Great way to get fit and have fun.
Accompanied by LIVE instrumentation.
Come join the fun... No Experience Necessary! Open to Everyone!
Awarded the honour of 2020 Cultural Ambassador for the city of Nelson, Marilyn Hatfield is a multidisciplinary performing artist, musician, percussionist, vocalist, dancer, drum and dance instructor, choreographer and event presenter.
Since 1994, Marilyn has dedicated herself to studying, performing and teaching west African drumming and dance arts in a way that honours traditional teachings. With a passion to share the magic and joy of rhythm and dance with all, she has been guiding people of all ages in the US and Canada to step into their rhythmic power since 1999. In 2012, Marilyn opened her own dance and drumming school, Marilyn’s House of Rhythm and Dance, in Nelson, BC, and offers individual and group classes in dundun, djembe, traditional west African dance, global dance fusion and her original dance fusion, RhythmDance.
She is the founder, director, choreographer and principal dancer of RhythmDance Orchestra, a dynamic collective of drumming dancers that weaves ancient sounds with modern movements. Additionally, Marilyn currently serves as director and co-band leader of the Moving Mosaic Samba Band, Nelson’s community samba band.
Marilyn has been the drummer, lead vocalist and percussionist for psychedelic rock powerhouse band, Soundserious, since the group’s inception in 2005.
Since 2018, Marilyn has spearheaded, organized and facilitated a music and art festival in the Slocan Valley called Summer Breeze Music and Art Party. This is a free community event linking diverse visual and performing artists with the public for the purpose of engaging the public with arts and culture in the community.
Named to DumAsylum’s top 100 Female Drummers of All time in 2009, Marilyn has served as artistic director, choreographer, lead dancer and lead female drummer of several drum and dance ensembles, including: RhythmDance Drum Orchestra (Nelson, BC); Afro Stylie Percussive Dance Experience (Winlaw), the Afreaks (Nelson, BC), YOMA's (Nelson, BC); Nyokabok (Santa Cruz, CA), and Wara Foli (Nevada City, CA) among others. Her ensembles have perfomed widely in California, the western US, AB and BC at festivals like: Whole Earth Festival (Davis, CA); Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (CALIF); War Child (Nelson, BC); Canmore Children's Festival (Canmore, AB); Market Fest (Nelson, BC); Star Belly Jam (Crawford Bay, BC; )Shambhala Music Festival (Salmo, BC); and Kelowna Life and Arts Festival among many more. As well, she has performed (drums and vocals) live on radio stations: KVMR FM (Nevada City, CA ) Radio Tamba (Tambacounda, Senega, west Africa) and CJLY (Nelson, BC).
With many skills to share, Marilyn is an excellent teacher who engages all students and strives to help each one tap into and channel their inner rhythm.