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/

 

Action Theater 3 Day Intensive Workshop with Danielle Cresp
20-22 June 2017

ACTION THEATER is a starting point for body-oriented theater improvisation, a training method and artistic practice all rolled into one. In Action Theater, the improviser follows the constantly changing interior of their imagination. The improviser responds with movement, sound and/or language.

Danielle is the only actively teaching Action Theater teacher in Australia. Since becoming a licensed, Action Theater teacher in the heat of the New Mexican desert in 2011, she has taught over 25 sold- out workshops across Australia and in the UK. She is a Melbourne-based improvisation artist, director and teacher. Danielle's primary focus as a teaching-artist, director and improviser is in physically embodied presence.

Dates: 20 - 22 June 2017                                 
Time: 9.00AM-3.00PM
Cost: $300 waged & $200 unwaged
Contact: Danielle Cresp, 0408 590 759
Email: actiontheaterworkshopswithdani@gmail.com
Website: www.actiontheater.com
Youtube: https://youtu.be/c4hfSTJfqgU
 

Myofascial Release Workshop
Saturdays, 24 June - 8 July

Dedeskify - "Man's proper estate is an upright posture."

Ninety minutes of dynamic stretching and self-myofascial release to address the most common physical complaints that come from a sedentary lifestyle.  Whatever your movement practice or level of body awareness, participants can expect a reduction in pain, increased freedom of movement and the knowledge of how to attain both no matter where your journey takes you.

Nathan: Nathan used to spend eight-plus hours a day at the desk for close to ten years and took pride in avoiding any form of movement practice. One severe back injury later led to a second ten year journey exploring all the rehabilitation options under the sun until learning that the most effective method of pain reduction is finding your own centre of gravity and balancing it daily.

Natarsha: Natarsha has always worked hard, whether in the gym or running her whole foods grocer. After a chance encounter with a refreshingly honest and pragmatic trainer, she quickly learned the value of balancing work with active recovery, mobility and rest. This unassuming partnership propelled Natarsha to explore a unique approach to fitness; two years later she's pain free, the strongest she's ever been and now ready to share everything she's learned.

Dates: Saturdays, 24 June - 8 July 2017
Time:
Workshop 1: 10.30AM-12PM, Workshop 2: 12.00PM-1.30PM
Price: $20 per session
Contact: 
Nathan, 0409 509 147
Email: nathanielswhite@gmail.com

 

MELBOURNE BODYWEATHER INTENSIVE
 - Beyond the Anthropocentric Body
led by Tess de Quincey
21-23 July 2017

A key principle of BodyWeather practice is opening awareness to how the environment can shape and dance the body-mind. We are seeking to expose the intelligence and language that erupts from this field of matter and imagination. As this body is danced into view, the potential of transformative bodies unfolds – as questioning entities shaped by co-emergent wisdom.

The workshop is an open-ended enquiry, an exploration in exchange with each other. As a progression over Friday night through Saturday and Sunday, the workshop offers participants a thorough introduction into the BodyWeather practice and Butoh image work. The workshop is for people who have some experience of BodyWeather and/ or hold an intermediate level of dance or physical practice and who are committed to participating in the full 17 hours of the workshop.

This is an opportunity to engage with Australia's leading BodyWeather practitioner who brought the practice to this country. Tess's workshops are renowned as forums for exploring perception, providing insights into the body and different sensory modes of experience.

Dates: 21-23 July 2017
Times: Fri 6-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am–5pm
Cost: Early Bird $180* by 30 June OR full price $280*.

Bookings: Places are limited. Bookings are essential and must be made through Eventbrite
Contact: info@DeQuinceyCo.net

 

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

 

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/