Eighteen years ago, two wide-eyed teenagers danced their way in to the Tuggeranong Arts Center with a proposition too good to refuse.
The Arts Centre’s Director, Evol McLeod was quick to spot the opportunity to engage with young people in the Tuggeranong Valley through dance.
“The ambition and vision shared by these two young dancers, Caroline Spry and Geza Santos was infectious,” Evol said.
And indeed it was; the tentacles of hip-hop and urban dance reached far and wide through the Valley and Canberra’s leading urban dance school was born.
The energy recognized by Evol 18 years ago became the Fresh Funk philosophy.
The following ten years saw rapid growth for the program, attracting families from across the ACT and regional NSW.
Other urban dance schools appeared, but Fresh Funk was the program with a difference. A difference that is cultivated right up until now.
The Art Centre’s current Director, Ms Rauny Worm, says the program not only teaches dance, discipline and team work, but it also allows people from all walks of life to bond and navigate the path of adolescence together.
“Fresh Funk has never been about glitzy costumes and creating stars, and although at times competitive, the essence of the program is about collective outcomes and building personal resilience,” Ms Worm said.
Eighteen years later, students who went on to make dance their livelihood are now returning to the program to share their expertise for Fresh Funks’ 18th birthday showcase.
Presented at the Street Theatre, “18” will showcase new works by Fresh Funk dancers now working professionally across Australia; Rob McLean, Dave McLean and Sinan Amin from The Dream Dance Company, Jack May, director of Momentum Dance Studios in Melbourne, and more.
Performed by the program’s advanced dancers, this show highlights the connection between dance development and personal resilience, and how from little things, big things grow.
Don’t miss this fabulous dance spectacular at The Street Theater on Saturday 27 October, 5 pm and 7:30 pm.
Tickets are on sale now via the Street Theatre website: http://www.thestreet.org.au/shows/fresh-funk-18