Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Love Affair with Dance.

Hopetoun Dance Group 2016.

For the third year running, 2016 saw Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council partner with Hopetoun Dance Group to bring children's dance classes to a remote regional area.

Classes were varied and included Mini Movers, Jazz Ballet, Jazz Funk, and 3 Acrobatics Classes, with around 50 children aged 2 - 12 years enrolled in the program each school term. The classes were held weekly at the Hopetoun Primary School, engaged by the dance teacher who travelled from Esperance.

With limited opportunities in remote regions, parents look for quality activities to enchant their children. The obvious benefit of dance; a fun source of exercise leading to a healthy balanced lifestyle, but dance is also a creative outlet. Being able to release creativity is just as important as exercising and maintaining a healthy diet because of the skills they can learn. Dancing can make a person feel physically refreshed and improve their mood. Who hasn't danced around the kitchen once in a while with a glass of, errr... organic soy milk, in hand?

Additionally, through dance, children acquire a greater range of movement whilst developing the ability to work within different spaces. They learn to interpret the effect their movement has on the world around them. Dancing also improves a child's coordination, vital to developing skills in other parts of life such as riding a bike and multi tasking. Dance and movement patterns also develop memory, strength and endurance from an early age, creating a solid platform for the child's physical development. What's not to love about dance??!!

Parents watched as their little cherubs blossomed throughout the annual dance program. Some children took on the challenge of wiggling their bots in time with the music and others practiced back flips after dance class in their back yards!

One thing is for sure, it was a proud parent moment come the end of year concert. Held at the Hopetoun Community Centre with over 100 audience members the kids really strutted their stuff. Move aside BeyoncĂ©, back away Circ De Soleil, Hopetoun kids have some savvy skills and they're not afraid to use them.

Along with RRAC, Hopetoun Dance Group was supported by the Shire of Ravensthorpe, First Quantum Minerals, Hopetoun Primary School, Little Barrens Early Learning Centre, and last but not least the dedicated Parents who made the commitment to ferry their darlings to dance classes every week.

RRAC looks forward to watching Hopetoun Dance Groups program bloom again in 2017, bringing joy to little faces (and to big faces too).

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

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