TIME: THURSDAY EVENINGS 7.30PM - 8.45PM
LOCATION: CANBERRA DANCE THEATRE, CNR
BARRY DRIVE & KINGSLEY STREET, CANBERRA CITY
Block of 6 classes: $126
Drop in casual rate: $26 per class
Drop in casual rate Ausdance/CDT Members, Students & Seniors: $21 per class
Week 1 & Week 2
AFRO FUNK WITH GRETEL BURGESS
25TH FEB & 4TH MARCH
Afro Funk is a fast, high impact, aerobic dance class. It combines some traditional African, tribal belly and funk movement together.
Gretel Burgess holds a Bachelor of Communication in Theatre/Media, a Masters in Social Work and a Certificate in Theatre and Dance at Sekolah Tinggi Seni (University), Padang Panjang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Gretel has taught for many youth drama companies and dance theatres in Australia and toured and performed overseas, including Canberra Youth Theatre, Canberra Dance Company, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts in Darwin, PACT Youth Theatre in Sydney and NIDA holiday programs in Northern Queensland. She has taught many different groups from asylum seekers on Christmas Island, the Multi-Cultural Council for Refugees, Parents and Toddlers to children and teenagers with Down Syndrome. Gretel has just recently spent the last two years combing her two passions, health and the arts by peer facilitating a STEPS program for adults with stroke and acute brain injury through Queensland Health and facilitating dance and drama programs for both ARC Disability Services for adults and Regis Aged care facility in northern Queensland.
Gretel is currently working for Canberra Dance Theatre - CDT as a teacher for Afro Funk and has worked with the GOLDS on an Indonesian end of term performance. Gretel works for the Belconnen Arts Centre as one of the dance facilitators for The Wellbeing dance programs. These programs include Dance for People with Multiple Sclerosis, Dance for People with Parkinsons, Dance for People with Dementia and Dance for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing program.
Week 3 & Week 4
INDIGENOUS DANCE WITH
JUSTINE CARLA BROWN
11TH MARCH & 18TH MARCH
Justine Brown is a proud Wallabalooa Woman from the Ngunnawal Nation; she is very passionate about sharing her cultural knowledge with community through a range of Cultural Practices such as Traditional Dance, Weaving, Yarning Circles and Cultural Walks on country. Her aim is to provide a safe learning environment that reinforces a strong sense of belonging, respect and appreciation. Justine has a high level of Cultural Integrity and Knowledge and living on Ngunnawal Country has given her great opportunities to work alongside her Elders such as her Grandfather Kingswell Carl Brown (Deceased) and Ngunnawal Elder Tina Brown. The teaching opportunities Justine had growing up on Country with her Elders has provided her with the knowledge of Country and Cultural
Practices which now she uses the educated those willing to learn about Canberra’s Cultural
Ngadyung meaning Water in Ngunnawal Language is a dance performed by the Ngunnawal people as a cleansing dance. Ngunnawal Country has fourteen rivers; these rivers were pathways for visiting and pasting Nations with each camp sight having a watering hole for cleansing bad spirits away.
The Ngadyung dance displays how travellers would immerse themselves into the water, allowing the water to cleanse them from any bad energy or sprits that have attached themselves to the traveller.
Week 5 & Week 6
BURLESQUE WITH LIZ RAINBOW
25TH MARCH & 1ST APRIL
Rainbow is an award-winning, Canberra-based burlesque performer, dancer and teacher. Jete-ing onto the scene in 2015 in ‘Females on Form’, she has continued to surprise and entertain audiences with her unique interpretation of burlesque. Since then she has performed and conducted workshops at burlesque events around Australia including the Australian Burlesque Festival 2017 (Melbourne), This is Burlesque (Mackay), Hoochie Coochie Review (Townsville) and Red Light Confidential (Melbourne). Rainbow has a strong background in classical ballet and jazz, and is skilled in the use of silk fan veils and feather fans. In 2017 Rainbow won the Burlesque Idol Australia Grand Final where the judges described her as ‘ridiculous in all the right ways’.
Flirting with Burlesque
This is a fun and flirty introduction to the art of tease for dance practitioners and enthusiasts. Learn how to confidently engage and tease your audience while mastering the fundamentals of burlesque. In this class you will be introduced to the bump and grind, the shimmy and the 'walk' through energetic drills and a fun choreography.