Juba Jam 2024

Open intensive mass drumming and dance sessions with Manchester drum and dance collective Juba do Leão, blasting out rootsy rhythms and stunning choreographies straight from the streets of Recife, North East Brazil.

*Please note brand new venue & price*



Time: 1pm – 4.30pm

Percussion: With Holly Prest
Dance : With Louise Gibbons & Freya Bennett-Nielsen

Suitable for all abilities

Where: The Vale, Vale Mill, Micklehurst Road, Mossley, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL5 9JL


We much prefer advance payments
There will be a limited amount of cash payments made on the day available – but only arranged in advance.

Cost: £8

Once you’ve filled in the form below, we’ll send you our account details to make a transfer. Once you’ve made a payment, we’ll email you to confirm your place, so please bear with us in getting back to you.

PLEASE NOTE: The jams are on a first-come-first-served basis and we only have limited places available, so please register & pay in advance. We’ll no longer be accepting walk ups.

Refunds: Once you have booked your place, this is non-refundable.


Join us for our open play-and-dance-a-thons. You may be very experienced in the style or may never have given anything like this a go before. It’s a chance for some stamina training in these super intensive and fun mass sessions.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Juba Jam 2024. This year we’re incorporating more dance into the mix. For the first part of the session dancers will have the opportunity to learn some of the music, then we’ll split off and come back all together at the end of the session.

We’ll be learning about Northeastern Brazilian music and dance styles.

Everyone, whatever their experience, is welcome to attend.

Warning: this kind of drumming and dance is very addictive and may lead to epic adventures and questioning life choices.

Instruments available are: alfaia (rope tuned bass drums), caixa/snare (drum kit style rather than malacacheta style), gonguê (cow bell style, rather than agogo), abê/shekere (gourd shakers), mineiro (metal shakers). Never heard of these instruments? Even better!

Drummers: We will be providing most instruments, but please bring any where possible (if you have them!). Please bring your own sticks and straps (some can be provided on the day i.e alfaia beaters).

Dancers: Please wear whatever you feel comfortable dancing in and bring along a drink. The floor is concrete so we recommend not dancing barefoot.

We also recommend ear plugs with so many of us playing in the space together.


By car: Please use the post code (OL5 9JL) and don’t just type into maps, as you’ll end up on the other side of the valley.

Public transport: The Vale is about a 20 train from Manchester then a 15 minute walk up a hill to The Vale

There’s limited free parking outside The Vale.

We’ll be in the main venue space (there are signs directing you).

For full access information, please visit the venue website: https://www.the-vale.co.uk/visit-us/