Act-Belong-Commit Dance 100
The Act-Belong-Commit Dance 100 Program engages the community in dance through several diversify strategies.
Engaging the community in Dance
With thanks to our Partner, Healthway, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message, The Dance 100 Program is a large-scale community dance program offering participation and skill development opportunities for beginners, enthusiast and audiences throughout the year. Being active, having a sense of belonging, and having a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health and wellbeing. In 2019 the programs offered are Act-Belong-Commit MonkeyFunk, Australian Dance Week, Dance in Country Week and Act-Belong-Commit DanceFit
Dance acts as a conduit for the individual to build a sense of belonging and purpose in their community.
Act-Belong Commit MonkeyFunk
Act-Belong-Commit Monkeyfunk is a workshop series bringing parents & 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 building confidence in this interaction.
Facilitated by an experienced dance teacher & live musician, the workshops encourage creative & physical engagement & the development of healthy habits from a young age. The workshop model is flexible & tailored to suit the individual needs of each community.
In 2018 the program was held in Kwinana, Armadale, Broome and the remote community of Wakathuni. The program managed to engage 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!
In 2019 the program will be growing even further. Details released shortly!
Australian Dance Week
Australian Dance Week is the largest event in the Ausdance WA Calendar. The week has a reach of over 8,000 people across the Perth metropolitan area. The Australian Dance Week incorporates three programs, Australian Dance Day, Dance Week Open Classes and Trigger. Dance Day is held on Monday, 29 April 2019 in celebration of International Dance Day. This family-focused, multicultural event that will showcase multiple dance styles and performers across all ages, professional and non-professional. Dance Week Open Classes provides free dance classes at KSAC in range of dance styles with a relaxed ‘Come and Try’ approach. Trigger is the grand finale to the Act-Belong-Commit Dance Week and is a programmed evening of live, flash mob style performances held. The evening features interactive software that projects your grooving body live onto the LED screen in a variety of cartoon-like forms.
Dance Day is a celebration of International Dance Day helf in Forrest Place. The day festures unique cultural performances, workshops and audience engagement opportunities. The event is family focused, with Forrest Place transforming into an arena-like performance venue. Over 6,500 spectators watch the performance in the easily accessible and visible space. Stay tuned for the announcement of the performers in the 2019 event!
Dance Week Open Classes
Provides free professional dance classes at King Street Arts Centre in range of dance styles. The ‘Come and Try’ nature encourages new or returning individuals to engage in dance again. The free taster opportunity attempts to initiate behaviour changes in wider populations by demonstrating the range of classes on offer in a free, positive and non-threatening environment. Diversifying the enagagement with dance to a much wider audience.
The grand finale to Australian Dance Week, Trigger is a visual and interactive spectacular held in the new location of the Northbridge Piazza in 2019. 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 how their movement is projected to the big screen. The empasis of this event is
social, active and creative engagement with positive role models in an alcohol and smoke free environment.
Australian Dance Week is a success due to the valuable contribution and support of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in the 2019 Australian Dance Week, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Act-Belong-Commit Dance Week is proudly supported by Healthway, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message and The City of Perth.
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 highlyexperienced 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.
King Street Arts Centre
357-365 Murray Street
Perth WA 6000
PO Box 7452
Cloisters Square WA 6850
+61 08 9322 6101