Dancehouse

2018 PUBLIC CLASS SCHEDULE

Weekly Public Dance Classes are ongoing technique classes taught by artists and teachers who hire our space to host their classes. These classes are a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle, stay fit, meet people and learn new techniques. Have a look at what's on offer and then contact the teacher directly to book in.

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MONDAY

 

Monday 6.00PM
BharathaNatya

BharathaNatya is an Indian dance form that is resplendent with elegant movement, soulful music and beautiful costumes and jewels. The well composed rhythmic patterns set to melodious tunes prove to be a feast to the senses. Bharathanatya dates back to the beginning of the Common Era and was originally performed at the temples of South India. "Natya" means dance in Sanskrit (one of the oldest and most profound languages of India) and "Bha-ra-tha" is a mnemonic for Bhaava – Emotions; Raaga – Melody;and Taala – Rhythm. Thus, Bharathanatya is a dance form that finely blends expressions and movements to music. Regular practice of this dance form has been proven to be cathartic and therapeutic. It enhances positivity and helps channelize energy by using various Mudras (hand gestures).

A unique performer and choreographer with over ten years' experience in training, Chandana Brijesh a disciple of veteran Guru Dr.Padmaja Suresh of Bengaluru and daughter of renowned Kannada Author, Bharathi Kasargod. She imparts lessons in Bharathanatya, a traditional and spiritual Indian dance form resplendent with rhythmic and graceful movement and myriad expression.

Dates: From February 2018
Time: 6.00-7.00PM
Contact: Chandana Brijesh, 0426 616 455
Emailchandanabrijesh@gmail.com

 

Monday 6.30PM
Inner Wild: Authentic Movement

INNER WILD refers to the vast and often mysterious inner wilderness of our bodies and our 'bodymind'- this thing we possess that is largely unknown to most of us, but where the magnificent intelligence of nature resides. Do you feel that you really know yourself deeply? Or do you think it? In our busy society we can often become marooned in our over-thinking and controlling minds and this causes a disconnection from our body's innate wisdom and we feel divided and separate from ourselves, others and nature.

These classes are offered as a grounding and rejuvenating antidote to the outer chaos and disconnection and are designed to get you 'out of your head' and encourage the 'innerwilding' of our forgotten interior landscape - the intelligent body. We literally re-member our existence in the physical body and begin tapping into our inborn capacity for knowing, intuiting, responding and creating.

AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT PRACTICE - is the foundation of these classes and is a powerful path towards self knowledge and integration. It is a formal yet simple dyadic process which is done in a group involving movers and witnesses, internally guided spontaneous movement/expression (with eyes closed) and then a shared dialogue with your partner and further group discussion. This practice 'bridges many traditions - therapy and meditation, individual and community process, ritual and improvisation'. (Roz Carroll) It is a valuable tool for insight and encourages whole body presence, clear awareness, deeper connection (to self and others) and can be freeing and playful! Your experience in this practice (which could be totally different every time) can be anywhere on the spectrum between deeply profound, challenging, hilarious or simply relaxing. It is a deeply personal experience yet also a collective one and a fascinating exploration into group consciousness.

The classes will consist of 3 parts:
(1) WARM UP- This includes various practices to ground our awareness in the physical present, balance the nervous system and bring us more into our senses and environment by use of specific explorations involving voice, breath, movement and group games.
(2) AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT PRACTICE- as described above
(3) INTEGRATION (dance time!) - I will turn the lights down and put on a playlist of eclectic tracks that will take you on a journey through a 'wave' of moods so that you can rest, play, dance and express yourself in your own way.

INNER WILD workshops are for adults of all ages, levels of fitness and abilities - dancers and un-trained dancers alike. Pia creates a safe, supportive, respectful and playful environment where all participants are invited to share and learn from each other whilst also being autonomous and authentic to their own needs. No 'exercises' are compulsory. You move at your own pace. Please don't wear jeans or restrictive clothing, we will be rolling around on the floor so tracksuit pants or leggings/yoga pants are most suitable.

Pia Morley has been a dancer and performing artist for 30 years and has recently completed a Diploma in Counselling. She has studied Body Mind Centering in Germany, trained as a Doula, holds a Diploma in Holistic Kinesiology and been a practitioner of yoga for 17 years. She has taught and choreographed on and off since she was 16, trained full time at the VCA in Dance and has an extensive movement and martial arts repetoire but currently favours contact improvisation and blues dancing. Pia has a former career as a professional performer (Film, TV, Voice-Overs, Musical Theatre) and was singing, dancing and acting since the age of 6. Her early and total immersion in the 'showbiz' industry eventually catalysed a sincere longing to cultivate a rich and fulfilling 'inner life' and pursue an alternative path that was more aligned with her values of wholeness, authenticity, integrity and connection. These principles inspire her to evolve and become a more integrated person and she is passionate about assisting others to do the same.

Dates: January 15 - February 19 2018
Time: 6.30-9.00PM
Costs: $25 concession & pre-booked, $30 full price & casual drop in. $80 for 4 classes within the term.
Contact: Pia Morley, 0435 860 322
Emailpia.morley@hotmail.com
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/TMSJ

 

Monday 7.00 - 8.30PM
Underground Dance Fusion - Contamination Dance Project

Underground Dance Fusion is the fusion of contemporary and urban dance techniques, where the two meet, melt and confront each other in an ongoing exchange of creative inputs, aiming to discover new languages of expression.

Classes are divided into three parts: warm up, floor work, stretching; dynamic movements thorugh space, level, energy and expression; exploring and developming in terms of combination and creating a contamination of movement.

COME DANCE WITH US!!!

Sara Carinci and Laura Manicone are two Italian dancers, by passion and profession, that randomly on a winter day crossed paths in Melbourne, and together started daydreaming about a project that would blend both their different dance styles and backgrounds.

***This class also runs on Thursdays 7.30-9.00PM***

Dates: From 15 January 2018
Time: 5.30 – 7.00PM
Costs: Single: $20, 4 classes: $70 PLUS Monthly pass for Mondays & Thursdays (8 classes): $135; 3 month pass for Mondays and Thursdays (24 classes): $360
Contact: Sara, 0404 649 353 & Laura, 0435 951 452
EmailUDanceFusion@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/UDFusion/about/#
Instagram: https://instagram.com/UDanceFusion

 

TUESDAY

 

Tuesday 6.30 – 9.30PM
Alchemy Dance Improvisation 

Alchemy classes are for dancers wishing to explore improvisation as a means to discover deep levels of embodiment, connection and presence.  A safe, generous space is provided for beginners and experienced movers, with participants exploring and developing their movement expression with support and encouragement from the group. Using dance, writing, drawing and witnessing, these workshops are designed for those wishing to honor the unique qualities of their moving body, embrace authenticity and expand understanding of the creative process.

Gentle bodywork techniques ('touch facilitation') are used to release hidden tension patterns and blocks, allowing an expansion of movement vocabulary. Core exercises affirm and deepen understanding of the unique personal and aesthetic choices we make in the moment. Improvised performance or sharing events provides an opportunity to fully embrace and celebrate these impulses in the presence of witnesses.

Anne O'Keeffe is a dancer, actor, choreographer and teacher, who has taught movement-based improvisation since 1984 - inspired by Skinner Releasing Technique, Al Wunder, Stephanie Skura, Eva Karczag and Min Tanaka. Anne teaches Improvisation to dancers and Movement to actors at the Victorian College of the Arts and 16th Street Actor's Studio. Her teaching emphasizes integration and transformation through conscious embodiment and she provides a warm, generous space where movement can be explored soulfully and joyfully. She has been developing and facilitating the Alchemy classes for 17 years.

SERIES 1:

Dates: 5 Tuesdays: Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 13 &20 plus Sunday Feb 11 2018. This series does not have a showing.
Time: Tuesdays 6.30 – 9.30PM; Sun Feb 2.00PM-5.00PM
Costs: 
please note: class size limited to 16
Contact: Anne O'Keeffe, 0411 218 101
Emailaok@alchemydance.com.au
Website: www.alchemydance.com.au

 

Tuesday 6.00-7.30PM & 7.30-9.00PM
Ballet Class

This ballet class focuses on weight transfer, lengthening, moving through the space and primarily, finding the pleasure through said movement and combinations. Whilst following the traditional class structure and providing guidance to the timeless and beautiful practice of classical ballet technique, an exploration of sensations through extension and lengthening of movements will also be encouraged. Liat's class takes its style from her training with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and so will focus more on accentuating and strengthening each individual's understanding and way of moving rather than attempting to mimic traditional uniformity. 

Combinations are both highly physical and intricate and are designed to empower the body and the mind. The class is both for beginners and experienced dancers.

Dancehouse, Skylab Studio

Liat Kedem is a classically trained contemporary dancer born in Adelaide, 1993. Upon completing her graded and vocational ballet examinations up to Advanced 2 at Terry Simpson Studios with the Royal Academy of Dance, she studied with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel. Liat then danced with Iuvenis Danza in the north of Italy and has since then performed her own creations and collaborative works in festivals including the Adelaide Fringe Festival where the Advertiser noted work 'Bekitzor' as 'best dance' for its 'intelligent movement vocabulary' and most recently the Sri Lankan International Contemporary Dance Festival in 2016. She is currently a project based contemporary dancer having worked most recently for JC Movement in France and Australia and teaches RAD exam work regularly as well as open ballet classes. 

Please let Liat know via text message 24 hours in advance if you are planning to attend.

***This class also runs on Wednesdays 7.30-9.00PM***

Dates: from 9 January 2018
Time: 6.00-7.30PM & 7.30-9.00PM
Cost: $15 per class, cash only
Contact: Liat Kedem, 0481 823 009 
Email: liatakedem@gmail.com
Website: https://liatakedem.wixsite.com/liatkedem/classes 

 

Tuesday 6.00-7.00PM
Jungle Body Fusion

Jungle Body Fusion is a dance/fitness class, which will entail a combo of the programs KONGA®  (cardio/boxing/dancing/sculpting), TYGA® (more dance focused) & BURN® (weights focused).

For all levels, it is designed to suit the most coordinated & uncoordinated person with 4 easy to follow steps per track. Comfortable, fun, relaxed, dark environment with disco lights, a place to let go of all troubles & work out to the best tunes (old school & new).

Sharon Daly is a Jungle Body® Dance/Fitness Instructor originally from Ireland. She has lived in Australia for 3 years, starting out in Perth and moving to Melbourne in January. Daly has been teaching Konga classes in Perth and recently qualified in two other programs, Tyga (more dance focused) and Burn (More weights focused), to ensure she can deliver more variety in her class and participants can enjoy a fun packed class working out from head to toe. Daly's background is predominantly hip hop and Latin, as well as some contemporary dance and yoga. It is her experience with being bullied in her younger life and having to overcome the battle of lack of confidence and self belief that drives her to help people be the best version of themselves and overcome the negativities that tend to take over our minds & hold us back for being our best selves.

Dates: 8 May - 26 June 2018
Time: 6.00-7.00PM
Cost: $10 per class
Contact: Sharon Daly, 0410 717 797
Email: sharon_dly@yahoo.com
Website: 
www.thejunglebody.com

 

WEDNESDAY

 

Wednesday 11.00AM-1.00PM
Body-Mind Centering® 

Body-Mind Centering® (BMCSM) is an embodied approach to learning, living and knowledge making. Classes include guided somatic movement, information, imagery and directed touch. BMC invites change that is an integration of our physical, psychological, intellectual and imaginative life. This study and practice can be applied to many situations and offers a place of deep investigation for artists as well as professionals engaged in diverse fields of work and research.

Alice Cummins is a dance artist, Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Movement Educator (ISMETA). She has a Master of Arts from Victoria University and has been researching and teaching her work nationally and internationally for over twenty years. Her process creates an environment of refined somatic awareness and generates engagement and embodied intelligence within a community of shared inquiry. Alice's approach is accessible to people from diverse backgrounds. She welcomes the richness and contribution of this in the learning and sharing of knowledge. Alice studied Body-Mind Centering® with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the United States, 1995-98.

TERM 1

Dates: 4 April - 23 May 2018
Time: 11.00AM-1.00PM
Cost: $350
Contact: Alice Cummins, 0419 227 800
Email: alice@footfall.com.au
Website: 
www.alicecummins.com

 

Wednesday 5.00 - 6.00PM
Contemporary Dance

Jaala Jensen is a Tasmanian born independent dancer, currently residing in Melbourne. She practices contemporary movement and ideas, with a specific interest in the human mind, and complex emotions. Jaala has a great desire for performance and choreography, specifically interested in floor work and high intensity movement, always looking to physically challenge herself in performance and self-practice.

Dates: From 14 March 2018
Time: 5.00-6.00pm
Cost: $12 
Contact: Jaala Jensen, 0438 364 316
Email: jaalajensen@gmail.com
Website: https://vimeo.com/user70104943

 

Wednesday 6.30-7.30PM
Ballet Barre with Shay Reeves 

Graduate of Brisbane's ADPI (Australian Dance Performance Institute), trained in both RAD & FATD classical syllabus, Shay Reeves is bringing their life time adoration of ballet & dance to the adult  beginners world. Using an open intuitive approach to the traditional class structure, Shay is focusing on creating a safe inclusive space for those wanting to experience dance for the first time to those brushing up after years gone by.

***This class is also on Saturdays 9.00-10.00AM***

Dates: From 17 January 2018
Time: 
6.30-7.30 PM 
Cost: 
$15 cash on the day
Contact: 
Shay Reeves
Email: 
shayreeves@outlook.com
Instagram & Facebook@bunhead_dance

 

Wednesday 6.30-7.30PM
Odissi, Indian Classical

Odissi is one of the eight classical dance forms of India. It is the oldest surviving dance form of India on the basis of archaeological evidences. It is particularly distinguished from other classical Indian dance forms by the importance it places upon the Tribhangi (literally: three parts break), the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis and upon the basic square stance known as Chauka or Chouka that symbolizes Lord Jagannath. This dance is characterized by various Bhangas (Stance), which involves stamping of the foot and striking various postures as seen in Indian sculptures. 

The class structure follows a traditional yet a more modern approach to teaching Odissi dance. The class starts warm up routine with yogic exercise and warm up stretches for 30 minutes. Class for beginner's level will introduce the basic positions. For more advanced classes, introduction to Arasas rhythmic structures set to different beats with compositions to prepare for the larger pieces in the first full-fledged dance piece.

Monica Singh is a Visharad in Odissi dance from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi and is a senior disciple of Smt. Madhavi Mudgal. Monica training extensively with Smt Madhavi Mudgal for 15 years and gained immense experience and in depth knowledge about Odissi not just through its traditional form but also by being a part of choreographic works based on exploring.

Date: From 24 January 2018 - ongoing
Time: 6.30 – 7.30pm
Cost: contact Monica for details
Contact: Monica Singh, 0450 059 520
Email: monicasingh24@hotmail.com

 

Wednesday 7.30-9.00PM
Ballet Class

This ballet class focuses on weight transfer, lengthening, moving through the space and primarily, finding the pleasure through said movement and combinations. Whilst following the traditional class structure and providing guidance to the timeless and beautiful practice of classical ballet technique, an exploration of sensations through extension and lengthening of movements will also be encouraged. Liat's class takes its style from her training with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and so will focus more on accentuating and strengthening each individual's understanding and way of moving rather than attempting to mimic traditional uniformity. 

Combinations are both highly physical and intricate and are designed to empower the body and the mind. The class is both for beginners and experienced dancers.

Liat Kedem is a classically trained contemporary dancer born in Adelaide, 1993. Upon completing her graded and vocational ballet examinations up to Advanced 2 at Terry Simpson Studios with the Royal Academy of Dance, she studied with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel. Liat then danced with Iuvenis Danza in the north of Italy and has since then performed her own creations and collaborative works in festivals including the Adelaide Fringe Festival where the Advertiser noted work 'Bekitzor' as 'best dance' for its 'intelligent movement vocabulary' and most recently the Sri Lankan International Contemporary Dance Festival in 2016. She is currently a project based contemporary dancer having worked most recently for JC Movement in France and Australia and teaches RAD exam work regularly as well as open ballet classes. 

Please let Liat know via text message 24 hours in advance if you are planning to attend.

***This class also runs on Tuesdays 6.00-7.30PM & 7.30-9.00PM***

Dates: from 10 January 2018
Time: 6.00-7.30PM & 7.30-9.00PM
Cost: $15 per class, cash only
Contact: Liat Kedem, 0481 823 009 
Email: liatakedem@gmail.com
Website: https://liatakedem.wixsite.com/liatkedem/classes 

 

THURSDAY

 

Thursday 5.30 - 6.30PM
Zumba

ZUMBA is a fusion of Latin and International music/ dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting dance class, and is also based on the principle that the work-out should be FUN AND EASY TO DO. This class will start with a warm-up and dance on different rhythms like Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia,  Reggaeton, African and more. After the work out, the session ends with a cool-down.

Marlyse Marquer is a dancer, originally from Mauritius, and is a licensed Zumba Instructor and ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) Member. She has been doing classical ballet since she was young, but ever since she discovered Zumba it has become her passion. She loves to make her classes feel like a party - come and share the passion for Zumba!

Dates: From 10 Jan 2018
Time: 5.30-6.30pm
Cost: $25 for 4 sessions, or $10 casual
Contact: Marlyse Marquer, 0410 459 830
Email: marlyse_m@hotmail.com
Website: http://marlysemarquer.zumba.com/
Facebook: http://fb.me/zumbamarlyse 

 

Thursday 6.30 - 7.30PM
Grow Through Dance - Graham Based 

Irina De Loche's Grow Through Dance class is suitable for those who have a dance background, past or present. It is a low impact class that will focus on the source of movement in the body, both muscular and emotional learning to dance from the heart and core of your body. This class is based on the Graham technique, modern dance movement style and pedagogy created by American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham.

Irina De Loch has been teaching in the dance community for over 20 years now and has a background in a range of dance style, including Indian Russian folkloric dance, contemporary, modern, African dance, and jazz ballet. She is a dance participant as well as a dance make. Irina has formed her own dance group Solemates and has choreographed over 60 dance pieces and had two been taught at the Australian Ballet, School of Dance.

Dates: From 18 Jan 2018
Time: 
6.30 – 7.30PM
Contact: Irina De Loche
Email:
solemates1@gmail.com

 

Thursday, 6.30 – 8.30
Kalaripayattu, Beginners

Kalaripayattu is an ancient traditional indigenous healing and martial art that originates from Kerala in South India. Kalaripayattu martial arts training involves warm up and flexibility exercises, strength and stamina training, step work, traditional forms and sequences as well as unarmed and armed combat techniques. Kalari is ideal for building and maintaining general fitness and is particulalry suited for yogis, athletes, martial artists, actors, dancers and movement practitioners from all walks of life and ages (over 7 years old).  

The beginner's course run by Ramona Yagnik will provide basic understanding of Kalaripayattu techniques and practices. It is designed for students who have completed the introduction course (please contact Ramona for more information.)

Ramona is a Kalari Instructor and Naturopath and began studying Kalari Healing and Martial Arts in 2009 in Australia. Since then, she has made several trips to India to study and train with her teacher and Guru, Sat Guru Hanuman Das, the founder of the Kalariyil Dharmikam Ashram in Kerala. She is currently practicing and teaching key Kalaripayattu exercises, forms, open combat sequences and staff weapon forms. Developing focus in the mind and body, while building a strong foundation through warm ups and basic practices are integral to her training.

Dates: From 11 Jan 2018
Time: 6.30 – 8.30PM
Costs: $40 per class
Contact: Ramona Yagnik, 0474 702 790
Email: Ramona@kalarihealing.com

 

Thursday 7.30 - 9.00PM
Underground Dance Fusion - Contamination Dance Project

Underground Dance Fusion is the fusion of contemporary and urban dance techniques, where the two meet, melt and confront each other in an ongoing exchange of creative inputs, aiming to discover new languages of expression.

Classes are divided into three parts: warm up, floor work, stretching; dynamic movements thorugh space, level, energy and expression; exploring and developming in terms of combination and creating a contamination of movement.

COME DANCE WITH US!!!

Sara Carinci and Laura Manicone are two Italian dancers, by passion and profession, that randomly on a winter day crossed paths in Melbourne, and together started daydreaming about a project that would blend both their different dance styles and backgrounds.

***This class also runs on Mondays 7.00-8.30PM***

Dates: From 18 January 2018
Time: 7.30 – 9.00PM
Costs: Single: $20, 4 classes: $70 PLUS Monthly pass for Mondays & Thursdays (8 classes): $135; 3 month pass for Mondays and Thursdays (24 classes): $360
Contact: Sara, 0404 649 353 & Laura, 0435 951 452
Email: UDanceFusion@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/UDFusion/about/#
Instagram: https://instagram.com/UDanceFusion

 

FRIDAY

 

Friday 10.00 – 11.30AM
Fine Lines – Contemporary Dance for Mature Bodies 

This class is designed for people who have obtained significant dance experience in the past* and wish to continue or re-engage with dance. It is not a class for beginners.

Fine line participants range in age, with some in their 30s, but the majority in their 50s and 60s. Participants represent many dance lineages, with training by many national identities including Margaret Lassica, Lynn Golding and Marageret Scott. Many participants have danced professionally, nationally and internationally as independents and members of dance companies.

Classes include floor work, standing and locomotor phrases and some improvisation, incorporating a number of established dance techniques such as ballet, Graham, Cunningham and Horton techniques, and influenced by current contemporary movement approaches. Participants are encouraged to adapt the movement presented to suit their own physical requirements and unique set of inhibitors. Phrases used in class are generally steady and low impact. Movement combinations are designed to stimulate cognitive function and muscle memory while the creative and artistic challenges support healthy, intellectually stimulated and artistically vibrant older dancers to reach their potential.

*Significant dance experience may include past dance training, professional dance experience or movement training in Pilates, yoga or improvisation.

TERM 1

Dates: Feb 2, 9, 16 & March 16, 23 (3 weeks not at Dancehouse)
Time: 10.00 – 11.30AM
Costs: $15 per class, term fee discounts apply
Contact: Katrina Phillips Rank, 0416 383 865
Email: katrinamrank@gmail.com

 

SATURDAY

 

Saturday 9.00-10.00AM
Ballet Barre with Shay Reeves 

Graduate of Brisbane's ADPI (Australian Dance Performance Institute), trained in both RAD & FATD classical syllabus, Shay Reeves is bringing their life time adoration of ballet & dance to the adult  beginners world. Using an open intuitive approach to the traditional class structure, Shay is focusing on creating a safe inclusive space for those wanting to experience dance for the first time to those brushing up after years gone by.

***This class also runs on Wednesdays 6.30-7.30PM***

Dates: From 13 Jan 2018
Time: 9.00-10.00 AM
Cost: $15 cash on the day
Contact: Shay Reeves
Email: shayreeves@outlook.com
Instagram & Facebook: @bunhead_dance

 

Saturday 9.30AM-10.30AM
YOGASANA

Taking you through a flowy vinyasa practice, this class draws from the intelligence of the Ashtanga standing sequence, the precision of Iyengar and the playfulness of Vinyasa flow. 

It's all just YOGA ASANA! 

With a focus on hands-on adjustments and Savasana massage, you can expect to feel peacefully elated for the rest of your Saturday.   

Open to all levels of experience.

Imogen Parry is a yoga teacher from London, recently moved to Melbourne. She has an ashtanga background & training and is currently teaching at Ashtanga Yoga Melbourne in the CBD. On top of this wonderful practice, Imogen likes to craft her own flows with a little more alignment and a little less rigidity than classic ashtanga! Taking inspiration from massage and meditation techniques in her teaching, it is her absolute passion to help people with their practice, to assist practitioners in experiencing their bodies; exploring from the inside out and finding new physical and spiritual  dimensions to life! 

Dates: 13 Jan - 10 Feb 2018
Time: 10.00-11.00AM
Cost: $15 cash on the day
Contact: Imogen Parry, 0451 742 794
Email: imogenparry@me.com
Website: www.spacenskyyoga.com

 

Saturday 10.00AM-11.30PM
Contemporary Dance 

Contemporary Dance is a space to explore a fusion between contemporary dance technique and movement inspired by Latin and Mediterranean music. Participants will have the opportunity to explore going to and off the floor with a diverse range of music coming from different countries with Latin background.

Elena Osalde was introduced to ballet at an early age in Mexico. She later studied jazz and contemporary dance with the Cuban choreographer Jorge Lizaso, as well as jazz and tap from the musical theatre choreographer Roberto Ayala. In Australia, Elena undertook a Certificate in Dance and Performance at Dance Factory. Her curiosity for new ways of movement drove her to explore contemporary dance with Chunky Move. Elena holds a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, a Creative Teaching Diploma at Mangala Studios and has been an active dancer and choreographer of the Flare Dance Company since 2012. 

Dates: From 31 March 2018
Time: 10.00AM – 11.30AM
Costs: $15 per class; $100 for 10 class pass
Contact: Elena Osalde, 0425 030 545
Email: elena.osalde@gmail.com

 

Saturday 10.00AM-12.00PM
Open Training: Body Weather

Body Weather is a physical training method and philosophy developed by Japanese dancer Min Tanaka, which engages in rigorous investigation of the body in relation to its environment. Perhaps the most well-known of Body Weather practices is 'MB'. This acronym is ambiguous, meaning either/ and Mind-Body, Muscle-Bone or Music-Body. This is like a dancers' version of aerobics: a series of exercises sourced from international folk dances and sport, traveling across space, to music. This training increases cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, co-ordination and tests and extends the body's capacity to multi-task.  

Body Weather is the method underpinning the work of site-specific performance group Environmental Performance Authority (EPA), a group formed in Melbourne in 2013. The open training sessions will include an MB workout and short improvisational activity. The 'open' bit means that EPA artist Gretel Taylor (or another member of the group) will lead the sessions and also participate in the training. Participants can work at their own level, though some fitness is recommended. Dance experience is not necessary.

Gretel Taylor participated in Min Tanaka's intensive Body Weather workshops in Japan in 1999 and 2000. Since then, Body Weather training has informed her dance practice and she has taught it as part of Performance Studies units at Victoria University, Monash and RMIT as well as through her independent BodyPlaceProject workshops at many venues, including Dancehouse and outdoor locations.


Time: 5.30-7.30PM
Costs: $10 drop in for non-EPA members
Contact: Gretel Taylor, 0425 759 988
Email: gretelt@unimelb.edu.au
Website: www.greteltaylor.com

 

Saturday 11.30 AM– 1.00PM
Bharatanatyam – Indian Classical Dance 

Bharatanatyam is an ancient Indian classical dance style, originally performed in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu, in Southern India. Movement, mime and music contribute in equal measure to this beautiful dance and are evenly divided between Nritta - pure dance & Nritya - expressional compositions.

Guru: Meghala Bhat has worked as a senior lecturer for more than 10 years and has been conducting classes in Melbourne for the past 4 years.

Dates: From 27 Han 2018
Time: 11.30AM – 1.00PM
Costs: $150/10 classes
Contact: Meghala Bhat, 0439 523 950
Email: info@artofvinyasa.net

 

Saturday 1.30 - 2.30PM
Afro Latin Groove

Irina De Loche's Afro Latin Groove is suitable for everyone, regardless of your dance background, and especially those with none. So you think you can't dance? Then this class is for you!

Irina De Loch has been teaching in the dance community for over 20 years now and has a background in a range of dance style, including Indian Russian folkloric dance, contemporary, modern, African dance, and jazz ballet. She is a dance participant as well as a dance make. Irina has formed her own dance group Solemates and has choreographed over 60 dance pieces and had two been taught at the Australian Ballet, School of Dance.

Dates: From 13 Jan 2018
Time: 1.30 – 2.30PM
Contact: Irina De Loche
Email: solemates1@gmail.com

 

Saturday 2.30 - 3.30PM
Rasa Technique Contemporary Ballet Class

Rasa Technique is a contemporary ballet dance technique designed specifically to produce rasa.

What is rasa?
Rasa is the distilled essence of emotion brought about during a performance. By a skilled audience member it can be tasted, savoured, appreciated and remembered. It has been described as the juice of life, life's nectar, the holy grail of performing artists and audience members alike.

How does Rasa Technique work?
Rasa technique works by first teaching you the principles of dance -  flow, connection, spiralling, expansion/contraction etc. these principles are then incorporated into dance techniques along with advanced breathing techniques to lay a foundation from which all rasa can be created.

What are the benefits of learning Rasa Technique?
Rasa Technique is first and foremost about movement. How you move and how that has the power to move others. The way we move directly affects the quality of our lives, the more grounded, connected, centred we are the more able we are to experience and live life fully. Rasa Technique gives us the power to not only live life fully but to express it fully through our bodies in a way the moves those that witness it.

Who can do Rasa Technique?
Rasa technique is open to anyone from absolute beginners through to principal dancers in professional companies. It is designed so that people of all ages levels and abilities can train together.

Kieran Gourley began dancing ballet at the age of four. He began training six days a week from age eleven and joined the Australian Ballet School at the age of eighteen. After three years of full time training at the school he was accepted into The Australian Ballet Company. While in the company Kieran became interested in the possibilities that other physical spiritual disciplines (especially ones from the East) might hold for dance. He started cross-training in Aikido-Yoga. This led him on a path of discovery that unlocked numerous principles and understandings in Aikido and Yoga as well as to encounters with Jujitsu, Kyudo (Japanese Archery) and Noh (Japan's foremost spiritual performing art).  After searching the globe he was unable to find any other dance companies who had incorporated these principles or understandings in to dance so he returned to Melbourne and founded Rasa Technique as a way of sharing this information with the dance world.

*Kieran is a registered teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Dates: From 13 Jan 2018
Time: 2.30 – 3.30PM
Costs: $15 full price, $10 students; casual drop in
Contact: Keiran Gourley
Email: kjgourley@yahoo.com
Website: www.rasatechnique.com