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Dance & Theatre Creation Workshop with House of Sand

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Ausdance ACT in partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre is delighted to present:

A Dance & Theatre Creation Workshop with House of Sand!

This exciting independent company will be presenting a Creation Methodologies Workshop, exploring content and processes used in House of Sand’s epic new work That Was Friday premiering at Belconnen Arts Centre in November. 


"We are excited by the opportunity to bring the emerging talent in the Canberra Arts scene with established practitioners to grow our skills and insights together"

 - Eliza and Charley Sanders

Sunday 30 October 2022 - from 10am to 4pm
The Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre, Ainslie Avenue Braddon, ACT
Ausdance ACT Members $45 / Non-Members $55

Artist Info

Eliza's class draws on influences from her experience as a certified teacher of Countertechnique and vinyasa yoga and her experience working as a choreographer, teacher and contemporary dancer for companies throughout Australia and New Zealand. Eliza has been teaching for 10 years including as a full-time tutor at the New Zealand School of Dance and has choreographed over 20 works for House of Sand and numerous other companies and festivals.
Charley’s workshop foreground is a practice of care-based and trauma-informed performance creation. Her current field of practice and research is influenced from over a decade of facilitating theatrical, creative spaces across Australia. Her work is impacted by her involvement in working with major companies including Opera Australia and STCSA, the global Fringe circuit, and from experience as a lecturer and teaching director in acting schools including NIDA, the Adelaide College of Arts and House of Sand’s experimental contemporary performance creation practice. Charley has also studied under Anne Bogart (SITI Company, New York), learning techniques such as Viewpoints and Composition.
Ketura Budd will co-facilitate the afternoon. They are a Canberra-based creative producer and the Creative Director of You Are Here, an organisation dedicated to developing artistic practice and fostering creative community. With their co-producer Nick Delatovic, they have designed a residency, Cahoots, which guides artists and producers through a long-form process of articulating artistic and personal values and developing their practice in line with those values. Ketura has a background in theatre and performance, and is interested in helping artists to develop kind, caring collaborations and devising processes that celebrate risk, humility, failure and learning.


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Bangarra Dance Theatre Masterclass


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We were thrilled to host Bangarra Dance Theatre for a masterclass for local dancers.

Bangarra is committed to engaging with the community beyond their performance season and we are so grateful for the generosity of company members, Ryan Pearson, Kallum Goolagong and Maddison Paluch who we worked with today.

A big congratulations to the participating dancers from Dance Development Centre, Canberra Girls Grammar School, Passion & Purpose, Alfred Deakin High School, Calwell High School, St Mary MacKillop College Canberra, The Training Ground, Dance Northside, Kim Harvey School of Dance, Dream Danz Studios and Acclaim Adcc who brought an incredible energy and enthusiasm with them.

We thank Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres who are our Workshop Series Program partner.

Site-Specific Solo Composition Dance in Nature Workshop

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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

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Photo Credit: Cathy Adamek

During Australian Dance Week, Ausdance ACT held the Chinese Tiger and Lion workshop at Gorman Arts Centre with Canberra Dragon Dance. It was full of colour, variety and a great workout.

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

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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.

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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.


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