Drum and Dance to Ignite the Spirit

Session 1: Grades 4-6

Drum & Dance is a fun and exciting, evidence-based interactive experience that blends the worlds of dance, music, drumming, and mindfulness in an alternative to traditional fitness protocols. Handheld, lightweight frame drums, bucket drumming and real drums combined with easy-to-follow rhythmic patterns will stimulate movement, creative expression, cognitive processing, and a euphoric stress-reducing experience. Join this all-inclusive, kinesthetic adventure that unifies mind, body, and spirit for all ages and abilities. No prior experience in music or dance is required.

Moving From Impossible to I'm Possible - Ability Beats - More Than Just Inclusion

Session 2: Grades K-6

Ability Beats is an all-inclusive program that unlocks limitations and empowers participants with the “ability” to achieve healthy and happy lives through a “No Limitations” fitness/wellness approach. Foster creativity through a brain and body workout that integrates kinesthetic awareness, neuro muscular skills, cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, strength, socialization, and wellness activities. Learn how to adapt drumming activities to varying levels of abilities, thereby accommodating physiological, emotional and cognitive needs that supports each individual's “ABILITIES”.

Stomp & Drum II

Session 3: Grades K-6

Making a difference in your classroom through inspiration, motivation and engagement! Discover the worlds of Rhythm in Motion, Science in Motion and Social Studies in Motion in this cross curriculum extravaganza! Experience easy to follow choreography using broomsticks, bucket drumming, and fitness drumming representative of cultures from around the globe. Create excitement, and delight, with fun and inspiring activities that ignite curiosity and understanding about the natural world.

Fit to Learn, Fit for Life: Drumtastic!

Session 5: Grades K-6

This innovative cross curriculum drum and movement extravaganza incorporates cardio drumming fitness with math lessons to ignite the brain and activate the body. Mathematics in Motion is an evidence based fitness and kinesthetic learning experience that brings curriculum, fitness drumming, music and brain health together. Take home powerful tools to learn how to build a better brain, fight childhood obesity, improves learning and neurological connections all while having FUN!!!


Carrie ElkinsCarrie Ekins

Carrie Ekins is chief executive officer, education coordinator, and owner of Drums Alive Inc. and UG. She also is the founder and creator of Drums Alive ® and co-founder of Academic Beats®.


Carrie has a master's degree in physical education, dance, with emphasis in sports medicine from Brigham Young University and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chemnitz, Germany. She is an international presenter, trainer, and educator in the fitness and wellness field, who has been awarded the 2012 Program Director of the Year from the IDEA (International Dance Exercise Association) and Best International Presenter 2010 along with recognition for "Most Innovative and Creative Programming" for Drums Alive ® 2010 from the ECA (East Coast Alliance).


Elkins is known for her creative and unique approach to total fitness through incorporating the mind, body, and spirit into an integrated fitness/wellness program. She strives to design one-of-a-kind programs while keeping in the forefront her primary goal of making her programs a "whole mind, whole body" experience for all participants . The unity of mind, body and spirit is essential to her philosophy, the driving force behind her work. Carrie desires that all of her programs meet the needs of diverse audiences and are applicable to any market, whether it be young children,  elderly participants, or individuals with special needs. She believes that the experience and joy of movement and rhythm are the same for everyone; however, the expression of these components may vary according to the population one is teaching. Carrie's extensive teaching experience and background in dance, competitive athletics, and fitness/wellness program development give her the opportunity to create and inspire both instructors and students.


Carrie shares her passion for fitness and education through publishing articles in a variety of trade magazines, including IDEA Today, Shape, Fitness Trainer, Aerobic Fitness Instructor, Fitness Professionals, Sport and Fitness, WellFit, Brigitte, and Augsburg Journal. In addition, she writes manuals for established education companies in the US and Germany.