Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Continuing the Momentum with Ausdance WA


‘CONTINUING MOMENTUM’

CHILDREN’S CREATIVE DANCE WORKSHOPS

 

 
'Continuing Momentumis a project offered to communities from Ausdance WA who presented a Future Landings project in 2011 or 2013 to continue exploring and engaging in contemporary and community dance activities. In October 2013 the Ravensthorpe region community led by the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council delivered the engaging show ‘Wheel of Fortunes’ as part of Future Landings and so were then given the opportunity to host this new ‘Continuing Momentum’ project.

A ‘Continuing Momentum’ project could be created in any way the host community/presenter and the local dance artist believes would best benefit them. Local dancer Clare Doolan and performer Rebecca Hillier were the two local artists given the opportunity to develop and present the project. They decided to target the 5-12 year age group and offer dance workshops throughout the July school holidays. The emphasis was to be on the development of the workshops and to give local children an opportunity to be involved in dance. Taster dance workshops were also conducted at Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe and Jerdacuttup Primary Schools in the final weeks of term 2. So, every day of the school holidays Clare and Beck have been running Children’s Creative Dance Workshops at the Hopetoun Town Hall. Local Ravensthorpe, Jerdacuttup and Hopetoun children aged between five and twelve years have participated in the workshops which have involved movement activities, games and learning a contemporary style dance routine. There was also a showing, where parents had an opportunity to watch their children perform the dance routine and participate in a movement activity with their child.

Hopetoun based photographer Dene Bingham attended one of the workshops and took some fantastic images of the children in action, as can be seen in the photo storyboard.

 

Clare and Beck would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents and families of the participants for their support of these workshops. The children all worked really hard and it was an amazing experience for both the facilitators and the kids involved.

 
photos by Dene Bingham

 

 

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