Saturday 11th March

Workshop 1

Fine Lines

Fine Lines

Time: 9-10.30am
Venue: National Sound and Film Archive
Workshop Leader: Dr Katrina Rank
Workshop description:
This 90-minute class takes participants through a typical Fine Lines class. Fine Lines is an ongoing contemporary dance class held on Fridays at Dancehouse, Melbourne. It aims to foster healthy, intellectually stimulated and artistically vibrant older dancers, and to help them reach their potential.
The class is at an intermediate to advanced level, and is most suitable for older bodies with previous dance experience, which may include past dance training, professional dance experience or movement training in Pilates, yoga or improvisation. It is not a class for beginners. Fine Lines participants range in age with a very few in their 30’s but the majority in their 50’s, 60’s and 70s. Participants are encouraged to adapt class movement to suit their own physical requirements and unique set of inhibitors.
Phrases used in class are

  • Generally steady and low impact
  • Designed to stimulate cognitive function and muscle memory
  • Creatively and artistically challenging

And may contain
  • floor work
  • standing and traveling phrases
  • improvisation
  • phrases that utilize ballet, Graham, Cunningham and Horton techniques, and are influenced by current contemporary movement approaches

 

Workshop 2

Hands Up!

Hands Up!

Time: 9.30-10.45am
Venue: QL2 Dance Studio
Workshop Leaders: Shahrin Johry
Workshop description:
This workshop will get your hips shaking and body to move to popular Bollywood music. Using hand gestures derived from bharathanatyam which is tailored to fit the meaning of the music and also use it as an aesthetic to the dance. ‘Hands on’ workshop encourage all to embrace on another and create a positive impact.
Everybody should get their hands on it! Let’s party...

 

Workshop 3

Threads of Classic American Belly Dance in contemporary American Middle Eastern Dance

Threads of Classic American Belly Dance in contemporary American Middle Eastern Dance

Time: 11–12.30pm
Venue: National Film and Sound Archive
Workshop Leader: Dr. Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Workshop description:
Come learn how to add American Belly Dance into your style. This classic, high energy, audience pleasing form blends dances from all over the Middle East with American popular culture. Also, explore which aspects of its movements, styling, structure and choreographic processes laid foundations in other forms, such as Tribaret, American Tribal Style, Improvisational Tribal Style, Tribal Fusion, Theatrical Belly dance, and Experimental belly dance.
During the 1950, 1960s and 1970s, Belly dancers in the United States developed their own style of dance, known as American Cabaret (Am Cab), now known as Classic Belly Dance. These dancers and musicians blended styles from all over the Middle East with American popular culture. Their experimentations, and eventual codification, laid a foundation for future American dancers to develop other unique forms, such as Tribaret, American Tribal Style, Improvisational Tribal Style, Tribal Fusion, Theatrical Belly dance, and Experimental belly dance.