Latino Grooves

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.

Flamenco Fiesta

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.

Bella Italia

Explore the unique and vibrant culture of Naples in Italy! Napoli native Mira takes students through her childhood to learn about this ancient city. Students will sing along to Neapolitan folk songs and practice traditional folk dances. The Italian language level can be adjusted to the ability of the students.

A Nomadic Journey

This musical and theatrical performance takes students on a cross-continental journey to learn about the origins of Roma culture. Using theatre, storytelling, puppetry and interactive workshops students will learn about the travels of the Roma people from India, across the Middle East and all the way to Spain! Students will recognise how the Roma influenced the music, dance, dress and language of these regions along the way.

Music of Southern Italy

In this interactive workshop, students will discover the rhythms and sounds of the traditional music styles of southern Italy. The castanettes, the diatonic accordion, the tamburello, the putipu and the ciaramella are some of the instruments that bring energy and melody to this program! Then, with the infectious live music backing them, students will practice the lively folk dance the Tarantella.

Tirol Dancing

Join Rowan for an incredible performance of high energy, intricate Bavarian folk dances. He will demonstrate various German and Austrian traditional dances such as the Waltz, Polka and Zwiefacher. Students will also have the chance to learn how to do the energetic  Schuhplattler– the famous German slap dance. MUSIC – Learning balance, space awareness, coordination – Value dance works from Australia and other societies, cultures and times – Recognise differences in dance works from different times, cultures and societies SOCIETY & ENVIRONMENT – Ensure that schooling contributes to a socially cohesive society that respects and appreciates cultural, social and religious diversity – Students interact with people and cultures other than their own and are equipped to contribute to the global community LOTE – Intercultural knowledge and language awareness – Develop an understanding of some of the differences in how people eat and dress, sign and gesture, write and say things – Inspires interest in and respect for other cultures

Viva Mexico – A Journey to Mexico through Music & Culture

Victor Valdes performs with instruments including the Mexican harp, Mexican and Spanish guitars, violin and trumpet. Students will learn folk dances and meanings of Spanish lyrics found in La Bamba and other popular songs. Victor will explain the cultural history of the instruments and the Charro suit worn by the Mariachis.

Hip-Hop Infusion

In this high-energy interactive program students will discover the significance of hip-hop and urban dance culture around the world. Using a variety of super-dance able beats our presenters will create an atmosphere that will have all students up and dancing. This is the perfect introduction to the expressive, powerful world of hip-hop!

Doudoumba Drumming

Philippe Lincy was born in Guadeloupe and grew up in Guinea and Senegal before moving to Paris and finally Australia. This drumming workshop centres around the Djembe and Dunun from West Africa. Students will learn about different cultural styles of drumming and other instruments like the shekere. This program can be taught in English and French.

Shorat Tursun Trio, Sound of Multicultural Australia

The Shohrat Tursun Trio is a combination of ancient melodies and African rhythms woven into compositions that can only be found in Australia. Shohrat Tursun is a world renowned musician and Uygur Bard, Yaw Derkyi is a Ghanaian elder and percussionist and Richard Petkovic provides the modern twist by actively inviting the musicians to share their cultures in a new way.