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 – which took 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 bought audiences together to celebrate the physical, creative and social benefits of dance. The free family-focussed main stage event took 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 lead a festive finale for all to join in and celebrate.

In 2019 Dance Day drew a crowd of over 3,500 dance enthusiasts across the afternoon providing fantastic exposure for the performers involved. 

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

Dance Day is proudly supported by Healthway, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message, and the City of Perth. Thank you to all the volunteers, crew, performers and studios for making this Dance Day a success. 

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 featured interactive software that projects your grooving body live onto the LED screen in a variety of cartoon-like forms. In 2019 dancers and the general public alike interacted with the projection software, letting go of their inhibitions and dancing freely. 

The highlight of Trigger 2019 was the spectacular performances by the Kpop Random Dance Challenge. These performers learn dance moves from re-watching videos of their favourite Kpop groups. Their skill in remembering and performing the choreography after hearing just a few bars of music is remarkable. Over 100 amateur Kpop dancers attended the event and all jumped up and danced at some point. We received many comments after the Kpop Random Dance Challenge  about when future events will be held and how they can get involved. Which is a fantastic result for this engagement project. 

Trigger will also feature performances from:

– King Street Dance

– Hood Ent.

 – STRUT Dance

This will likely be the last year Ausdance WA runs the Trigger event and so it was fitting that this event was such a great success. 

Thank you to our sponsors, participants, dancers, volunteers and crew for making Trigger 2019 a memorable evening. 

 Ausdance WA has collaborated with Lee Kennedy from Studio Kraze to create this video capturing the performers on the night and the beginners hip-hop class involved in TRIGGERED detailed below. 

 

Date: 14th March – 3rd May 2019
Time: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: King Street Arts Centre

TRIGGERED partnered with The MOVEs Dance Studio and King Street Dance Studio to open up their beginners classes to the public for FREE.

The classes ran weekly over a two month period culminating in a performance at Trigger on Friday, 3 May in Perth Cultural Centre. 

Each Dance Studio was commissioned to create a specific choreographic work for Trigger, that is designed specifically for BEGINNERS or those NEW to dance!!!!

To learn more about this program, or to become involved in future programs check out more information here.

Date:17 June – 21 June 2019
Time: Before and After work classes.
Location: King Street Arts Centre

In 2019 Dance Fit was a fantastic success! Ausdance WA in conjunction with our partners, Healthway, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message, and the City of Perth provided an opportunity to get moving. 

The program ran from Monday, 17 June to Friday, 21 June 2019 with class options before and after work hours. 

 

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.

 

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

16 Lochee Street
Mosman Park WA 6012

+61 08 9322 6101

wa@ausdance.org.au