TIME: THURSDAY EVENINGS 7.30PM - 8.45PM

LOCATION: CANBERRA DANCE THEATRE, CNR

BARRY DRIVE & KINGSLEY STREET, CANBERRA CITY

 

Cost:

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

ACRO WITH JAKE SILVESTRO

6TH & 13TH MAY

A circus and visual artist, Jake is excited by fine art, theatre and storytelling. With a passion for creative experience and boundless energy for physical movement, he has carved a career in multiple art forms since 2010. Jake has toured with the internationally successful Circus OZ, CIRCA, Casus, Company 2, Dislocate and GOP, as well as many small to medium sized arts companies in Australia.

After graduating from the ANU School of Art and Design, Jake founded his own company, Poncho Circus, based in Canberra. He produced and toured physical theatre productions from 2012 – 2017 with this collective. Outside of his touring work he has maintained his own projects to continue his professional arts practice in illustration, prop making and acrobatic research. 

In 2020, Jake created his first solo show ‘December’, that explored his two main artforms of drawing and acrobatics in reflection on the bushfire crisis of 2019/2020. This show will be touring nationally in 2021 and 2022.

Jake has a reputation for his dynamic, explosive, and fusion of styles. In 2018, he toured a workshop series called ‘Hurricane’ which broke down his signature style to help students explore creative movement and acrobatic dance. 

Class:

"Foundations of physical contact through the lense of acrobatics"

After a decade of performing acrobatics around the world, Jake Silvestro will be delivering two workshops aimed at introducing the fundamental elements of contact, weight bearing and ensemble movement. Focusing on movement efficiency and taking weight, this workshop invites participants into the first steps of physical connection that are involved in contact improv and group acrobatics. This workshop is open to all levels and will begin by demonstrating the strength we can find when working as a group. By sharing weight and trusting others through physical contact dancers can find new and exciting ways of engaging with others. 

Week 3 & Week 4

AFROBEATS WITH

KAGISO RATLHAGANE

20TH & 27TH MAY

KG is one of Canberra’s most experienced Hip Hop dance choreographers, teaching the style for over 15 years from beginner to advanced levels and all ages.

 

As a Hip Hop musician and performer, he has always incorporated dance into his live shows and has developed his own style of teaching that focuses on musicality, high energy and performance. 

 

KG’s classes are very versatile where he teaches a mix of Hip Hop fundamentals, Urban choreography and Afro dance.

 

He is the Artistic Director and Owner of Passion & Purpose Academy in Gungahlin, where he teaches kids from 3 years to adult. In founding the school, the aim was to create a Multicultural dance school in Canberra, where students of all nationalities would feel welcome in an inclusive environment. The school not only teaches Hip Hop classes but Cultural dance styles too. 

 

As a youth mentor, KG is committed to providing dance classes as positive outlet for young people to express themselves and gain confidence. He has seen how engaging in dance at a young age can truly transform peoples lives for the better. 

Week 5 & Week 6

FLAMENCO WITH

ANGELICA CASADO

3RD & 10TH JUNE

Angelica is the principal teacher at the Flamenco Centre of Canberra (FCC). She has more than 20 years of training and performing experience, studying under Adriana Rodrigues and later Tomás Dietz at the renowned Los Carmonas Flamenco Academy in Sydney. In 2018 Angelica moved to Canberra and shortly after began teaching at Tomás' flamenco school. She enjoys organising flamenco performances and fundraisers for the Canberran community.

Class:

This class will teach you the basic technique of flamenco dance, including some thrilling footwork!

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