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Come Dancing with Min Mae [and others]

By 12 January 2009 8

2 February 2009

Inclusive Sound & Movement Programs in 2009

with the founder & facilitators of The Radiance Dance Project

This new 10 week program will be offered each term in 2009 and is open to people with and without disabilties. Sessions offer community based, participant-driven performing arts activities aimed at enabling people with a wide range of learning, physical & sensory needs to create together in a supportive & nourishing environment respectful of each others unique ways of communicating & self-expression.

The program is facilitated by a qualified & experienced community arts professional/ performing arts teacher who specialises in inclusive & integrated community arts programs and an experienced performer, choreographer & producer with a background in community development.

The sound and movement sessions incorporate the unique skills and abilities of each participant into the creative process and builds on the existing knowledge and natural sound & movement vocabulary of each person in the group. No specific skills, ability or experience are required. Activities focus on exploring a wide range of sound & movement possibilties individually & in groups through a variety of methods & approaches. The emphasis is on creating a fun, engaging learning environment where participants can connect and create with one another through performing arts activities that build on and develop a wide range of skills.

Mondays 12.45-2.45pm for 10 weeks
Term 1 starts Monday 2nd February

Hackett Community Hall, 114 Maitland St Hackett

Contribution $50 for 10 week program (support workers/ carers free)

*Places are limited & bookings are essential. No casual attendance.

Bring a bottle of water, healthy snack & wear clothes that are comfortable to move in. People who usually require a support person to participate in activities need to arrange to bring their own support person. All support people are considered active participants and need to come prepared to join in for the full duration of the session.

Facilitators:

Morgan Jai-Morincome (BA Educational Theatre, Grad Dip Ed. Drama, MA Cultural Performance) is a community arts worker who draws on her skills and experience in creative dance and movement, sound and drama to facilitate shared creative experiences between people of all ages and diverse abilities.

Between 1998-2000 she was the Education Officer for Oxfam Community Aid Abroad in the ACT managing an in school performance program raising awareness in young people about social justice issues through the arts, delivering professional development sessions for teachers and developing and performing role plays in schools.

Over the last eleven years she has worked with a range of community organisations and people of all ages and abilities as well as the ACT Department of Education as a mainstream and special education teacher and facilitator. She has been involved in a wide range of community arts projects as a performer (singer, dancer, actor) and event coordinator.

In 2005 she founded a community-based women’s integrated dance project now known as The Radiance Dance Project providing inclusive dance experiences for women with and without disabilities. This award winning program is now in its fifth year and has been shared with many within & outside of the ACT through performances, open sessions & workshop presentations at national conferences.

Min Mae is a performer, choreographer and producer with a background in community development. She produces and collaborates on various dance and theatre projects around Canberra. She has been the co-facilitator of The Radiance Dance Project since inception.

Enrolments/ Information:

Morgan Jai-Morincome
Tel: 6161 1192 or 0400 455 965
Email: enquiry@expressivearts.com.au

This program is provided with the support of the ACT government through the Department of Education & Training.

– Mondays 12.45-2.45pm for 10 weeks
– Term 1 starts Monday 2nd February
– Hackett Community Hall, 114 Maitland St Hackett

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8 Responses to Come Dancing with Min Mae [and others]
#1
Granny3:29 pm, 12 Jan 09

Wow, this is fantastic, poptop!

Do you think they’d be interested in doing something similar for younger people either in the school setting or as an extra-curricular activity? There is so little available like this for people with a disability.

Very impressed!!

#2
Granny3:33 pm, 12 Jan 09

I would love to see some pics if you have them!

: )

#3
poptop4:08 pm, 12 Jan 09

Dunno, Granny.

I’m not affiliated with all the stuff I post; just a former cog in the Great Machine of Community Services in the ACT. I am a bit selective about what I submit to RA for consideration, trying to keep it to things people might be vaguely interested in.

Min Mae collared Johnboy after the Dance Radiance project and he [sensibly] posted the story and pictures. He may be prevailed to do so again.

#4
deye4:33 pm, 12 Jan 09

Granny – pictures from last years performance http://www.flickr.com/photos/d-eye/sets/72157610916641502/

#5
Granny4:54 pm, 12 Jan 09

Thanks, deye. The pictures were amazing … they really moved me. I’m still feeling pretty choked up.

I’m very sorry I missed that – I will definitely keep my eye out for the next performance.

#6
bloodnut7:12 pm, 12 Jan 09

despite my inability to move without awkwardness i would wholeheartedly encourage those that don’t suffer this same ailment. Min is truly brimming with pep and inspiration.

#7
Granny9:34 pm, 12 Jan 09

If you can walk, you can dance, bloodnut!

#8
poptop7:41 am, 13 Jan 09

I think this project is more about the joy of movement rather than trying to be Dancing with the Stars.

Do it for fun, not to be the next Michael Flatley.

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