Photo Credit: Lorna Sim, Dancer Credit: Nicholas Jachno
Ausdance ACT launches a new series of Dance Workshops to take place during 2022.
Presented in partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre these workshops will feature local, national and international guest artists teaching and sharing their artistry in different dance styles, techniques and creative processes.
Ausdance ACT aims to inspire and expand dance practice in the community, connecting participants to different cultures and ways of experiencing and understanding dance in its multiple facets.
All workshops aim to be diverse and inclusive with most accessible to a range of abilities: beginner to professional.
Site-Specific Solo Composition Dance in Nature Workshop
Debora Di Centa and Helena Maria da Costa's Site-specific Solo Composition Dance in Nature Workshop was our last offering during Australian Dance Week and a fabulous way to wrap up celebrations.
On a perfect autumn day in Justice Robert Hope Park participants gathered to experience, explore and express ideas, emotions and sensations completely inspired by nature and the surroundings.
We entered the park with a silent walk, then explored how to move in relation to trees and the grass, air and sky. Maintaining a sense of wonder and complete openness, we developed short solo compositions and shared and explained our intentions through the short dance works to others. It was profound and beautiful and we all felt happy, energised and with some more ideas to work on in our personal practice.
Chinese Tiger & Lion Dance Workshop
Photo Credit: Cathy Adamek
We started with a lion dance demonstration designed to ward off evil spirits, with percussion that brought everyone outside at Gorman Arts Centre to look!
We then used hoops as a way of practicing the moves without the headdress then everyone had a turn learning how to dance with the lion head on, which was a tremendous work out with the upper body.
We then moved outside into the sunny courtyard to learn a dragon dance with mini kite dragons we learnt to walk and twirl like gymnastics ribbon twirling. Rex the instructor also demonstrated the martial arts tiger form. It was very entertaining and all ages participated.
Songlines & Dance Cycles Workshop of Murrin Murrin (7 sisters) from QLD - Women's Workshop
Photo Credit: Natsuko Yonezawa
In February we presented the first workshop in our new series collaborating with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres - 'Songlines & Dance Cycles of Murrin Murrin (7 sisters) from QLD - Women's Workshop'.
Guided by the amazing Gemma Cronin, assisted by Karen Roberts, we entered into a sacred place where ancient knowledge was shared. We listened and learnt and we danced in a circle. Children, teenagers, young and mature women and every movement carried a special message.
The workshop was powerful, meaningful and emotional. We came together to celebrate, understand and remember that everything is connected.
We all left refreshed and happy and thank Gemma and Karen for sharing and the workshop participants for joining us.
Photo Credit: Emma Dykes
We had a fantastic time in March at our Acrobatics Workshop with Jake Silvestro at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre.
The workshop focused on how to approach the floor, continuing momentum and supported tumbling and inspired new movement pathways through play in a guided setting. Participants also gained insight into Jake's creative process.