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“Let’s get our bodies off the couch and moving! My class will be hip hop based, particularly focusing on grooves and feeling/connecting to the music. My number one priority in class is to have fun and enjoy the moment, so everyone is welcome to join in for a boogie!”


Mel is a dancer/choreographer/teacher from Canberra. She has grown up training at Fresh Funk Dance Studio, and continuously seeks out training opportunities such as participating in The Dream Dance Company’s 'The Dream Show Business' course. Mel is very passionate about teaching and as well as creating her own shows has recently started the Beyoutiful Dance Project which explores movement and self development.

Thursday 2nd September, 7.30-8.45pm.

Suitable for all levels.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Open Class is Online and FREE. Next week with Ausdance ACT Director Cathy Adamek!

A dance-music expert, Cathy hosts an all levels slow barre class to a driving sound track of trip hop, house, r'n'b, techno and ambient beats. Cathy has worked as a performer, choreographer and theatre maker for over 25 years.

Facebook LIVE, Thursday 26th August, 7.30-8.45pm.

Suitable for all levels.

Canberra let's keep dancing! Ausdance ACT Open Class is going online this Thursday 19th August with Debora Di Centa to embrace the art of improvisation.

From Debora:

'The body has its own rhythm, it is poetry in motion, it is a landscapes to explore. Join me for a shared experience of moving from within using some improvisational tools. See you soon! Debora xo'

FREE. All welcome.

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Drop in casual rate: $26 per class
Drop in casual rate Ausdance/CDT Members, Students & Seniors: $21 per class

Block of 6 classes: $126

Week 1 & Week 2

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Lilah Gow is a graduate of Brent Street Performing Arts. Originally trained in classical ballet, Lilah found her true calling in improvisation, contemporary, commercial, JFH and hip hop. Training young dancers, choreographing and performing for corporate/commercial work in Canberra and Sydney for many years was her main passion. Her focus was then turned to the visual art of makeup artistry and has been enthralled in this world for the last 10 years. Coming back into the love of dance, Lilah has begun to experiment with the importance of movement and the empowerment of expressing oneself through this medium and breath. The joy of letting your hair down and taking it back to having fun dancing your heart out in class. 



It’s time to try and shake away the winter slumber. Get ready to strut your stuff and feel the music. 90s dance music and a few slow jams will fuel this class as you let go and feel the music. EVERYONE is welcome. The only rule is, leave all your stresses at the door! And just enjoy yourself!!

Week 3 & Week 4

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Debora Di Centa is a Canberra based independent dance artist, teacher and choreologist. Debora grew up in Italy and started dancing at a young age. She has extensive training in ballet, jazz, contemporary dance and she is an expert in chronological studies, the contemporary development of Rudolf Laban principles and practices in dance and performance (Laban Movement Analysis). Debora graduated and specialised in dance studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Since then she has collaborated in various dance works, research, and performances with many artists and dance specialists around Europe and the US. Since 2019 she has been pursuing professional development in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.


Debora teaches, performs, choreographs, and directs dance events working for professionals and in community settings. Since 2016 Debora has lead the Canberra Contact Improvisation community and has been team member of the Australian Government founded Dance For Well Being Program at the Belconnen Arts Centre. She trains professional and emerging-professional contemporary dancers at Dance Development Centre Canberra and collaborates in various projects with Independent Artist Liz Lea (Australian Dance Awards Artist 2017), Canberra Dance Theatre and Praksis Canberra. Debora is currently working for Ausdance ACT as Project Manager.

As an independent artist she works through her label ISEMS PROJECTS. Her motto is “Dance for All!”

Immerse yourself in the world of Contact & Improvisation.

The body is  the most powerful vehicle of expression and during these two sessions with Debora you will be guided to experience and explore the fundamentals of Contact Improvisation starting with individual improvisation tasks that will lead into duo practice and some group improvised movement scores.

A fun relaxing way to re-connect with oneself and others, open to both beginners and experienced practitioners!

Week 5 & Week 6

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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 Jake 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. Jake produced and toured physical theatre productions from 2012 – 2017 with this collective. Outside of his touring work Jake 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 explores 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 breaks down his signature style to help students explore creative movement and acrobatic dance. 


"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 contract, 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 contract 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. 

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