Regional Arts Council (RRAC) has been working to propel dance into the local artistic repertoire. Through an ongoing partnership with Country Arts WA, The Regional Arts Partnership Program presented an opportunity for RRAC to further nurture the love for Dance.
the dance project (a long term goal of the organisation) was pitched in 2016, RRAC has coordinated a network of professionals, partnerships and tools that is delivering a dance program across 5 regional towns, giving every school child the opportunity to participate. Aimed to enhance liveability, connection and opportunity, the "RRAC Dance Project" will continue into 2019.
Our local pilot project was carried out in school Term
4 2017, in the schools and communities of Munglinup, Jerdacuttup, Hopetoun,
Lake King, Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup, led by professional dance artist Alice
Lee Holland (who flew in from Melbourne). Last year’s five-week ‘test run’
enabled professional insight, efficient scheduling and an effective mentorship program ahead of Term 1 2018. The mentorship of local dance enthusiasts is at the epicenter for the sustainability of dance activity in these regions.
The nine-week dance project in Term 1 2018 included mentorship for 6 dance
enthusiasts living across Jerdacuttup, Munglinup, Ravensthorpe, Lake King and
Jerramungup. As with Alice, our Mentees worked with professional dance artist Dr. Anja
Ali-Haapala (from Brisbane) on a weekly basis. In-school classes were held in
Munglinup, Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup. Adult classes were sucessful in Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun, and after school classes for children in
Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe, Jerramungup and Lake King. Sound like a lot? Yes, trust us it’s a big project! 190 dance classes were taught in Term 1, to over 300
children and 24 adults. Anja drove over 7,200 kms during the 9-week residency!
Term 1 Feedback from Year 2 Students
sounds with my body is fun. (Body percussions)
music and the moves make me feel happy.
makes me feel happy and excited.
proud when I achieve something in dance.
happy when I win musical statues and happy when I’m in the audience helping.
feedback and the insight from two professional dance artists, we will now
prepare for the next Term of the project which will commence in October 2018 (School Term 4).
Even if dance
is not your cup of tea, the positive effect that the project had on the children
is obvious and immense. This project gives every school child in the targeted
regions the opportunity to dance. Arts education provides far reaching benefits for students across their whole school life. Students who are exposed to high quality, creative arts learning are more engaged at school, have more self confidence, resilience and better problem solving skills.
By bringing in professional dance artists to upskill our
community members so that they can teach dance classes beyond the life of this dance project (ending June 2019), RRAC is striving for excellence and
The Regional Arts Partnership Program is supported by
the State Government of Western Australia and Country Arts WA.
Ok comedy film lovers, it's time to sit back with friends and chuckle away!
FRIDAY 29TH JUNE 2018, 7 PM
RAVENSTHORPE TOWN HALL
DOORS OPEN AT 6.30 PM. HOT FOOD & SOFT DRINKS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE.
BYO (The Ravensthorpe Youth Club Encourages Responsible Drinking)
The Ravensthorpe Youth Club is partnering with the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council to present this event. Profits from food and drink sales will go towards fundraising for the Youth Club. As the Comedy Film Fest is rated MA+ a family session will be hosted by the Youth Club from 5.30pm. Further information on the family session can be found on the Ravensthorpe Youth Club Facebook page.
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