The Race of the 12 Zodiacs & The Lion Dance Story is both an important part of the Chinese Celebration of the Lunar New Year. This workshop introduces the concept of courage to kids. Narrating a young girls journey to explore the origins of Chinese New Year. We provide help kids identify their zodiac animal, allowing them to identify with the strengths of the animal to empower them to face fears. We introduce Lion Dancing props, instruments and costumes to the kids. So they can have an upfront experience with the costumes.
Students will be immersed in stories of Italian immigrants arriving in Australia, and the challenges that they face upon entering a new country. The presenter leads discussions of Italian culture, language, food and a folk dance workshop.
Teacher, choreographer and art director Junko and her dance group combine different traditional Japanese dance styles into their own unique cultural experience. This program is a balance of dance performance set to unique Japanese instrumentals and interactive dance workshop. Junko wears amazing Kimonos and will demonstrate the strict art of Kimono dressing for students.
Elder and culture worker Gene Blow has over 20 years’ experience sharing and teaching about his Aboriginal heritage. He demonstrates the didgeridoo and explains its origin and true name. He tells stories of the Dreaming and teaches sit-down dances which illustrate how stories are told through movement and introduces symbols found in Aboriginal visual art.
Belyssa presents traditional and contemporary costuming and embroideries from Egypt, Jordan and Morocco and instruments of the Middle East. She uses props like assaya, swords, baskets and sagat to demonstrate regional styles of Bellydance and music from Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Iran. Students participate by practicing different rhythms with clapping, footwork, arm movements and improvisation.
Formed with the aim of promoting and preserving Chinese culture, the Chung Wah Association’s dance troupe are enthusiastic about sharing their heritage with students. Their program includes a performance of classical and contemporary Chinese dances using fans, umbrellas and handkerchiefs. Students participate by learning Chinese dance techniques and routines.
Astit and her group will show students the amazing diversity of the Indonesian community through dance and music from Sumatra, Java, Bali and more. Or, choose to focus a workshop on Gamelan music and the Angklung, Batik print making, traditional games, Balinese Offerings or even an Indonesian Cooking Class!
This vibrant program introduces contemporary and traditional Indonesian dances from diverse regions like Bali, Java or Sumatra. Astit leads a group of experienced Indonesian dancers and artists who use Indonesian language, traditional and modern music and colourful outfits to teach students the significance of music and dance in Indonesian life.
Colombian musician Hugo Salcedo teams with Latin dance instructor Julia Gonzalez to present this fun introduction to Latin dance styles like Salsa, Bachata and Brazilian Samba. Using traditional as well as contemporary instruments, the duo provide an energetic and insightful music and dance program and can incorporate Spanish language to suit the level of students.
Experienced teachers and performers of renowned Flamenco company ‘Alma Flamenca’ present this vibrant and interactive performance including all the elements of Flamenco – dance, guitar, singing and ‘Jaleo’! Students will discover the historical and cultural meaning of Flamenco, a highly intricate and expressive Andalusian art form which portrays both the depths and elation of human emotion. The group participates through upper body work, footwork, percussion and ‘palmas’ (clapping). Spanish language level can be adjusted according to student’s level.