Dancehouse

2017 PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

Dancehouse regularly plays host to workshops run by local and international practitioners. Bookings should be made through the contact details on each listing.

 

Zumba® Workshops and Bounce DanceFit

Zumba® takes the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise.

Bounce DanceFit is a high-energy, constantly varied, addictive dance workout that perfectly fuses the fresh edginess associated with professional dancers with the fast-paced, mixed tempo moves you'd expect from an aerobics class, set to a mix-tape of street dance styles: Commercial, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vogue and House.  Bounce DanceFit will teach you moves that will out-twerk Miley, out-Vogue Madonna and out-fierce Beyonce. 

Akira Honda is an international group fitness instructor and event planner, who became the first Australian-based certified KpopX Fitness instructor and who brought the KpopX Fitness program into Australia in 2015. Akira currently teaches Zumba® classes in Melbourne, and he also organised 'Zumbathon,' a charity event for Starlight Children. Akira has also brought the Aerodance Masala program into Australia. His teaching emphasizes impression and excitement for people, while providing a thorough workout.

Dates: Throughout the year, contact Akira for more details
Time: Varies
Cost: Price on application
Contact: Akira Honda, 0431 533 070
Email: akira@amazingakira.com
Website: akirahonda.zumba.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aadancefit , https://www.facebook.com/events/593137530878830/

 

Brazilian Zouk
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 August 2017

Brazilian zouk is a partner dance originating from Brazil. Also known as zouk-lambada, the dance is a descendant of lambada, the music & dance style that swept over the world like a storm in the late 1980's. Depending on the style of Brazilian zouk, you can see a close connection embrace and long graceful steps, strong hip movements, body isolations and upper-body rotations, spins and flowing hair movements. It can be danced to traditional zouk or kizomba music, RnB and some pop music too.  

Please note - workshops are designed for people who already have a grasp of the zouk basics.

If you are a beginner, these workshops are not for you, however contact the organiser for details of regular classes in Melbourne.

Saturday 5th of August- ZOUK Workshops

12 to 1 pm - Workshop 1: Head movement patterns
1:15 to 2:15 pm - Workshop 2: Spins and turns
2:30 to 3:30 pm - Workshop 3: Latest Combinations

Saturday Night: Ipanema Zouk Party - International ARTIST Special (with Show by Freddy and Andressa & others TBC) (Party at 171 Lygon Street, Carlton).

Sunday 6th of August - ZOUK Workshops

12 to 1 pm - Workshop 4: Partner Connection
1:15 to 2:15 pm - Workshop 5: Musicality and Dynamics
2:30 to 3:30 pm - Workshop 6: Styling for Couples

Izzy Washington and DanceIM are very excited to host two of the most amazing Brazilian Dance Masters in Melbourne - Freddy and Andressa. They will be teaching 6 workshops over the weekend while they are visiting from Finland, where they now live.

Freddy and Andressa specialize in Brazilian Zouk, having trained with some of the original dancers of the style and have taught all over the world. Other dance styles like Jazz, Classical and Contemporary Ballet were studied for many years improving their techniques. As part of the Dance Company - Prima Facie, they made shows in Jazz and Contemporary Dance. They worked as ballet dancers for Walt Disney World Brazil making Disney Parades in different states within Brazil.

After successfully introducing and developing Brazilian Zouk and Samba de Gafieira in Moscow-Russia for 2 years, they now develop the same dances in Helsinki-Finland. Owners of the Rio Zouk Style Dance Academy, and champions of different Zouk Festivals in Brazil, including Champion of the XV Dance festival in Nova Iguaçu 1º place - with a Zouk choreography and 2nd place - with a Samba de Gafieira choreography, Freddy & Andressa became highly respected instructors and performers and have been spreading Brazilian Zouk and Samba de Gafieira all over the World.

They have been teaching and performing in Congresses, Festivals and Workshops in countries such as: Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Finland, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Brazil, France, Poland, Croatia, United Kingdom and much more…Now, finally they will be here in Australia, in Melbourne, to share their joy, their dancing and their amazing teaching with YOU!

Dates: Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 August 2017
Time: 12-4PM
Contact: Izzy Washington, 0408 326 781
Email: izzy@danceim.com.au

 

Finding Our Legs - Body-Mind Centering® workshop with Alice Cummins
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August 2017

Alignment is a dance

Finding our legs is a workshop that explores how our legs under-stand us. Our capacity to balance, stand, move towards and away from or in a new direction, cultivates discernment and agency. 

In the thrill of our first steps we sense the excitement of falling and catching our weight through the action of walking. Standing, walking and running are developmental landmarks that establish our verticality and relationship to space as bi-pedal animals. These transitions shift our perception, re-organize our skeleto-muscular system and create new neural pathways.

Alignment is a dance. From the curved arch of the foot through the knee and hip sockets, circling the pelvis to the spine and lifting the head – this dynamic play around the axis of our midline, organizes the attention and intention that underlie integrated action. This 2-day workshop will refresh you with new understandings of your embodiment through a re-alignment of your bones, muscles and soft tissue.

Body-Mind Centering® https://bmcassociation.org/ is an embodied approach to learning, living and knowledge making. Workshops include guided movement, experiential anatomy, imagery and directed touch. This approach offers a place of deep investigation for professionals engaged in diverse fields of embodied research.

Alice Cummins MA, is a dance artist, Body-Mind Centering®Practitioner and Movement Educator (ISMETA). She has been researching and teaching her work nationally and internationally for over twenty years.

Dates: 12 & 13 August 2017                                  
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: $330 (*Earlybird 21st July) $450 Full Fee (after Earlybird date)
Contact: Alice Cummins, 0419 227 800
Email:alice@footfall.com.au
Website: www.alicecummins.com 

"Body-Mind Centering®" and "BMCSM" are service marks of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, used with permission.

*Image credit: Johannes Reinhart

 

Dianne's Dance Class - A Contemporary Dance Class for Deakin Dance Alumni
Saturday 7 October 2017

This contemporary class is a reunion event for Deakin Dance graduates who were taught by Dianne between 1996–present.

Dianne Reid is a performer, choreographer, camera operator, video editor, writer and educator, working across a range of live and screen contexts. As a creative artist she is interested in making work that tells stories, drawing attention to the 'individual' experience, the emotional and psychological landscape which 'lives' in the physical body. Since 1996 Dianne has lectured in contemporary dance, physical theatre and dance video at Deakin University (aka Rusden)—as a full-time Lecturer between 1996-2004, and as a casual lecturer since 2008. From 2004-2006 she was Artistic Director of Dancehouse. Dianne has worked with a number of differently-abled artists since 2010, creating short films for Weave Movement Theatre, Uberdance/Art of Difference Festival, and Melinda Smith, a dance artist living with cerebral palsy. Melinda and Dianne have an ongoing shared improvisational practice, have performed together in India (2011 & 12) and Sweden (2012), Melbourne Fringe Festival (2014 & 2015), Salamanca Moves Festival (2016) and Ten Days on the Island (2017).

Dates: Sat 7 October 2017
Time: 10.00AM-12.00PM
Cost: Donation
Contact: Dianne Reid
Email: dr@hipsync.com.au

 

An Introduction to the Poetry of Mask - workshop with Matteo Destro
Wednesday 11 - Thursday 12 October

Open to performers, theatre teachers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers, puppeteers, musicians with professional experience in their field, and anyone else interested in expanding their creative toold or wishing to further their knowledge with masks and physical theatre. This is an amazing opportunity to access training from an international master.

Matteo Destro is an internationally renowned artist and founder of ATELIER Mask Movement Theatre in San Miniato, Tuscany, a school/labratory for research and theatre creation. He has trained with Giovanni Fusetti, Jacques Lecoq, and other masters of physical theater, as well as mask-making technique training with Donato Sartori.



Dates:
 11 & 12 October 2017
Cost: $250                             
Time: 9am – 5pm
Contact: Beth Twentyman
Email: beth20man@gmail.com
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/292262
Website: https://www.ateliermatteodestro.com/poetry-mask & www.matteodestro.com/ 

 

WORKSHOP: The Red Nose - with Giovanni Fusetti
16 - 20 October 2017

A full time five day workshop in search of the sublime stupidity of theatre clown. Clown is about comic poetry: funny and touching, essential and rigorous. It's a dive into the mystery of laughter.

Deeply rooted in movement based theatre, this workshop proposes an introduction  to  Clown, considered a specific theatre language. The pedagogy focuses in particular on the analysis of the physical and emotional world of each actor, as revealed by her or his natural body. This will lead to the discovery of a unique clown, with a specific body, tempo, voice, costume, attitudes, emotions, and poetic world.

Artist, Natural Scientist and Pedagogue, Giovanni Fusetti is a multi-disciplinary fool. He encountered pedagogy and social theatre while receiving his MA in Agriculture and Ecology at the University of Padova (1985-1989).  This encounter led to a pedagogic and artistic search that has been unfolding for over 25 years.

After attending a variety of workshops and projects involving Mime, Puppets, Street Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed and Clown, he trained at the École International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (1992-1994), where he subsequently returned to follow the pedagogic training and the L.E.M. (Laboratoire d'Etude du Mouvement), after which he was invited by Jacques Lecoq to teach improvisation.  While in Paris, Giovanni also trained in Gestalt at the Ecole Parisienne de Gestalt(1992-1999).

After the death of Jacques Lecoq in 1999, he returned to Padua to co-found Kiklos Teatro, alongside Paola Coletto. This was an international theatre center devoted to theatre creation and pedagogy. Here Giovanni directed the Scuola Internazionale di Creazione KIKLOS for five years, developing the vision of a school rooted in tradition, and free to create and recreate new poetic paths.

Dates: Mon 16 - Friday 20 October
Time: 9.00AM-6.00PM
Cost: $680 early bird, $750 full price
Bookings: Please write a letter of motivation to Giovanni Fusetti
Contact: Kimberley Twiner
Email: ktwiner@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2011696892189504/

 

LECTURE: The Tao of Laughter, with Giovanni Fusetti
Sunday 22 October 2017

Welcome to a unique adventure, in which poetry meets healing and how one's personal clown will reveal some aspects of one's own crazy wisdom. The Clown is a very personal comic state. It exists in the fullness of the present moment: in this state of being without doing, the person touches the richness of the "here and now" and becomes aware of her/his way of being in contact with the world.

Artist, Natural Scientist and Pedagogue, Giovanni Fusetti is a multi-disciplinary fool. He encountered pedagogy and social theatre while receiving his MA in Agriculture and Ecology at the University of Padova (1985-1989).  This encounter led to a pedagogic and artistic search that has been unfolding for over 25 years.

Dates: Sunday 22 October
Time: 2.30AM-5.00PM
Cost: $15 waged, $5 unwaged
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/RCQV
Contact: Kimberley Twiner
Email: ktwiner@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2011696892189504/

 

WORKSHOP: Bring Your Own Clown, with Giovanni Fusetti
23 - 24 October 2017

A coaching workshop for Clowns, Bouffons, and other Comic Stage Creatures. Open to performers wanting to workshop a proposed act and people wanting to witness Giovanni's directorial method in action. This workshop is specifically devised to give participants tools to work on their own material: both on their clown, bouffon or character and on their acts. Participants will bring their clown or comic stage creature, and one existing act, routine or project, solo or not, finished or unfinished, funny or ...not yet. They will present their clown or character and a short piece (max. 10 minutes), and this will be the basis for a coaching session that will focus on the three different hats that the clown-creator needs to wear - The Performer, The Director and The Writer.

Artist, Natural Scientist and Pedagogue, Giovanni Fusetti is a multi-disciplinary fool. He encountered pedagogy and social theatre while receiving his MA in Agriculture and Ecology at the University of Padova (1985-1989).  This encounter led to a pedagogic and artistic search that has been unfolding for over 25 years.

Dates: Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 October, 2017
Time: 9.00AM-5.30PM
Cost: $300 waged, $150 unwaged
Bookings: Please write a letter of motivation to Giovanni Fusetti
Contact: Kimberley Twiner
Email: ktwiner@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2011696892189504/

 

WORKSHOP: Questions to the Fool, with Giovanni Fusetti
Wednesday 25 October 2017

A day of playful conversations on theatre, movement and everything in between with Giovanni Fusetti. Exploring archetypal comic figures: the Fool, the Clown, the Trickster, the Hero, the Bouffon and the Wounded Healer. An extended Q&A: Questions & Answers & Further Questions. An hybrid between stand-up comedy, a lecture and a collective improvisation.

Artist, Natural Scientist and Pedagogue, Giovanni Fusetti is a multi-disciplinary fool. He encountered pedagogy and social theatre while receiving his MA in Agriculture and Ecology at the University of Padova (1985-1989).  This encounter led to a pedagogic and artistic search that has been unfolding for over 25 years.

Dates: Wednesday 25 October, 2017
Time: 9.00AM-5.30PM
Cost: $120 waged, $80 unwaged
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/RBQK
Contact: Kimberley Twiner
Email: ktwiner@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2011696892189504/

 

Embodying Boundaries Workshop – Marcela Widrig (US)
Sunday 19 November 2017 

As women we're often told to be nice, to be polite, to say yes, to keep our voices down, to keep the peace, to manage the conflict, to be generous, to be helpful, to just get the job done!

We've been told that in order to be happy, successful, in a relationship, we must put our needs last and everyone else's first. We must compromise, sacrifice, give in … without complaint. And even though things are different now … most of us still don't know how to say NO. We don't know how to set boundaries.

Saying no can sometimes feel like life or death in our bodies
Saying no to the little things is just as important as saying no to the big things
We go into Fight, Flight or Freeze when our boundaries are crossed

How we'll learn to embody boundaries:
We'll first look at what your default reaction is when someone crosses your boundary, and what to do about it.

We'll also look at:

– Feeling the no in your body and expressing it, even in simple situations
– Setting boundaries with those you love
– Transforming anger into a clear and powerful no
– Using your past to discover your boundaries and wishes
– Embodying self-respect and standing your ground
– Feeling the freedom to say yes, after you've clearly set boundaries

My wish is that you leave this workshop feeling empowered and free to set your boundaries with clarity, strength, grace and ease.


Marcela Widrig
, founder of Fierce Embodiment, teaches men and women to release old beliefs, hurts, fears and the restrictive way they are held in their bodies today. She trained extensively with the Grinberg Method® for over 18 years, after getting her hands-on start in therapeutic massage and shiatsu. 

To be able to teach a wider audience and give her clients tools to deepen their learning, she continued her development with the Grinberg Method's Stopping Movement training, Body-mind Centering®, Embodied Flow™ yoga and Motion Theatre®. This combination of somatic bodywork, movement training, breath and expressive arts has given her a rich variety of body-centered tools to guide clients through trauma and emotional challenges, such as fear, shame, humiliation and anger. Marcela currently teaches workshops in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and United Kingdom.

Dates: Sunday 19 Nov 17
Time: 9.30AM-6.30PM
Cost: Earlybird USD$175 (ends 31 July), Full USD$145
Contact: Marcela Widrig
Email: marcela@fierceembodiment.com
Website: https://fierceembodiment.com/product/embodying-boundaries-melbourne-nov2017/

 

Shifting Shame, Releasing Fear Workshop – Marcela Widrig (US)
25 – 26 November 2017 (1.5 days)

A WORKSHOP TO EMPOWER WOMEN 

Most of us aren't aware of the shame that sits in our body. We call it something more socially acceptable. We say things like … "I feel embarrassed, confused, overwhelmed, unsure, stupid, silly, upset, hurt …" And yet … what lies underneath these emotions is often a deep, painful, debilitating sense of shame, of somehow feeling wrong. Even though we may not call it that, our heart knows the deep ache of not feeling good enough, not having enough, not belonging, not being understood, not being seen, not being loved, not being free. 

In the workshop, you'll learn to recognize how you react to shame in your body – what situations in life trigger it, where you tense your muscles, how you breathe, what the feelings and sensations are that you're trying to control, where your mind goes, how you behave in those moments where shame is triggered.

And you'll learn to stop it, as you wish, and let all the energy that you previously invested in being afraid of and hiding your shame, be set free to simply move through you. Imagine how your life would change if you were no longer held back by shame, fear and old stories from your past.

You'll learn Embodied Movement and breathing techniques to help you deal with:

– Body image and cultural / social expectations
– Rejection, failure, making mistakes
– The chronic feeling that something is wrong with you
– Anxiety, overwhelm and guilt
– Jealousy and comparison amongst women
– Silently held opinions you hold of yourself
– Criticism and judgment from others
– Finding internal space for forgiveness and self-acceptance

Marcela Widrig, founder of Fierce Embodiment, teaches men and women to release old beliefs, hurts, fears and the restrictive way they are held in their bodies today. She trained extensively with the Grinberg Method® for over 18 years, after getting her hands-on start in therapeutic massage and shiatsu. 

To be able to teach a wider audience and give her clients tools to deepen their learning, she continued her development with the Grinberg Method's Stopping Movement training, Body-mind Centering®, Embodied Flow™ yoga and Motion Theatre®. This combination of somatic bodywork, movement training, breath and expressive arts has given her a rich variety of body-centered tools to guide clients through trauma and emotional challenges, such as fear, shame, humiliation and anger. Marcela currently teaches workshops in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and United Kingdom.

Dates: Sat 25 Nov and Sun 26 Nov 17
Time: Sat, 9.30AM-6.30PM; Sun 9.30AM-1.00PM
Cost: Earlybird USD$225 (ends 31 July), Full USD$275
Contact: Marcela Widrig
Email: marcela@fierceembodiment.com
Website: https://fierceembodiment.com/product/shifting-shame-releasing-fear-melbourne-nov17/