Engaging the community in Dance

The Act-Belong-Commit Dance 100 program is a large-scale community dance project spanning more than 100 days and offering 100 free opportunities to participate in dance. In metropolitan, outer metropolitan, regional and remote localities across Western Australia, Ausdance WA offers people of all ages and abilities a vibrant range of free classes, workshops and events. Ausdance WA has been partnering with Healthway to deliver the Act-Belong-Commit Dance 100 program for over ten years.

This partnership is built on our shared passion for dance and our belief in the health benefits dance can provide. Being active, having a sense of belonging, and having a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental and physical health and wellbeing. Our theme for the 2019 program is that everybody has the ability to dance, they just need the opportunity to release this spirit. This spirit is represented in the colourful dancing silhouettes featured throughout the program.
Ausdance WA also acknowledges the generous support and sponsorship provided by the City of Perth.

Dance acts as a conduit for the individual to build a sense of belonging and purpose in their community.

Date: Sunday 28 April 2019
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Forrest Place Perth

The single largest event in the Act-Belong-Commit Dance 100 program is Dance Day – taking place on the Forrest Place stage on Sunday 28 April 2019. 

The launch event for Australian Dance Week and preceding International Dance Day, Dance Day 2019 will bring audiences together to celebrate the physical, creative and social benefits of dance. The free family-focussed main stage event will take place from 3:00 p.m. showcasing multiple dance styles and featuring performers across all ages and both professional and non-professional dancers. 

This event appeals to a wide range of ages and backgrounds due to the diverse program and emphasis on celebration and social inclusion. At the conclusion of the performance the Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts will lead a festive finale for all to join in and celebrate. 

Other Dance Day performers include:

– K2 Dance
– Jhoom Dance Crew
– Ancestrais Capoeira
– Dance In Perspective
– Made In Asia
– The Dance Collective
– Danza Viva Spanish Dance Company
– Zhidan Chang Dancing School

Date: Friday 3 May2019
Time: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Northbridge Piazza

The grand finale to Australian Dance Week, Trigger is a visual and interactive spectacular held at the Northbridge Piazza. 

The event features interactive software that projects your grooving body live onto the LED screen in a variety of cartoon-like forms. This engages passers-by to dance with the performers and see their movement projected to the big screen. The emphasis of this event is social, active and creative engagement with dance in an alcohol and smoke free environment. 

Trigger collects ‘trigger songs’ from both the crew and general public alike to create the event playlist, and encourages people to consider what their ‘trigger song’ might be to get them up and dancing. New in 2019 will be performances from our TRIGGERED choreographic commission partners The MOVEs Dance Studio and King Street Dance Studio.

Trigger will also feature performances from:

– Bollywood Dance Studio

– STRUT Dance.

Date:17 June – 21 June 2019
Time: TBC
Location: King Street Arts Centre

Dance doesn’t have to just be for dancers. Dance Fit is a new pilot project launching in 2019 offering one week of FREE dance-inspired fitness classes to anyone who is aged 16+ and is interested in starting a new healthy habit. 

Dance Fit is supported by Act-Belong-Commit and the City of Perth and will bring some of Perth’s best fitness instructors into the city to run a diverse range of daily fitness classes. Scheduled for both before and after work time slots at King Street Arts Centre.

This new pilot project is an evolution and new focus for Ausdance WA to diversify the engagement with dance to the wider community. 

No dance experience is required to participate so don’t miss out on this free, accessible and positive experience with dance in 2019.

 

Date: From July 2019
Location: Kwinana, Gosnells, Broome and Wakathuni

Act-Belong-Commit Monkeyfunk is a workshop series bringing parents and their children together to dance in a positive and safe environment. Exploring creative ways to be active together in all parts of their lives and to build confidence in their interactions.

Facilitated by an experienced dance teacher and live musician, the workshops encourage creative and physical engagement and the development of healthy habits from a young age. The workshop model is flexible and tailored to suit the individual needs of each community.

In 2018 the program was held in Kwinana, Gosnells, Broome and the remote community of Wakathuni. 

The program engaged with an audience of over 1500 individuals, spreading the positive message that being active, having a sense of belonging, and having a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health and wellbeing.

Act-Belong-Commit MonkeyFunk even has it’s own theme song from composer David Pye, which is danced to at every class! 

All programs are due to start in July in the following locations:

Broome, Kwinana, Gosnells and Wakathuni.

Registrations directly to  wa@ausdance.org.au

 

Dance In Country Week

Ausdance WA in partnership with School Sport WA present an annual week-long dance program at King Street Arts Centre for regionally based students. 

The dance program offers regional students and their accompanying teachers the opportunity to learn from highly experienced dance artists in a range of challenging dance activities scheduled during the week which include warm up classes, workshops, information sessions, tours and performances.

The key aims of Dance in Country Week is to provide regional young people with:

  • The opportunity to engage in dance development and physical activity with highly experienced dance artists;
  • a safe learning environment that promotes team work and collaborative skill development;
  • a healthy competitive environment where each team is challenged to achieve their personal best;
  • the opportunity to expand their experience through working in professional dance venues (e.g. King Street Art Centre, West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, State Theatre Centre);
  • the opportunity to develop greater awareness about the professional dance sector including training opportunities, dance companies and support organizations.

In 2018 the program featured the cultural dance forms of Flamenco with Sofia Pratt and Krump with Ian de Mello. The Artistic Team Leader was Scott Elstermann, a Perth-born dancer and choreographer. The Access Assistant was Lilly King. Special workshops were also held by the following dance artists, Eva Newton-Johnson, Shona Erskine, Andries Weidemann & Bernadette Lewis. Yoga and Pilates classes were taught by Jacqui Hume and Laticia Wright.

Ausdance WA recognises that the creation of a positive environment that encourages and supports engagement with the community will have a positive effect on the mental health and well being of participants.

Reach Us

1st Floor,
King Street Arts Centre
357-365 Murray Street
Perth WA 6000

PO Box 7452
Cloisters Square WA 6850

+61 08 9322 6101

wa@ausdance.org.au

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