Small Dance Together | 5-7 years
With Debora di Centa
18 August – 15 September 2019
Small Dance Together is an intergenerational dance adventure, specifically created to encourage moving and dancing between children aged 5-7 years and their adults. Dancing together enhances the relationship between adult and child, adding more awareness, strength and flexibility to body and mind. The aim of each class is to create a safe and fun environment for all participants to develop their creativity through some set exercises and creative movement practice. Each class, we aim to explore, be creative, have fun and most importantly experience family quality time and wellbeing. This term, we are inspired by the power of colours, and the workshops will take participants through an adventure which will unfold progressively week by week. We will play with different ideas within the theme through the use of props, music and our movement.
About Debora di Centa
Debora di Centa grew up in Italy and started dancing at a young age. She has extensive training in Graham and Laban techniques as well as contemporary dance and choreography. Debora has studied and collaborated in dance works, research and performances with Laban experts and other dance specialists around Europe. She has worked in Italy for many years, collaborating with dance collectives and other independent artists as well as teaching dance and movement classes in schools. Debora is currently based in Canberra, pursuing her professional development around Australia, New Zealand and internationally. She teaches, performs, choreographs, and directs dance events in both professional and community settings. Since 2016, Debora has led the Canberra Contact Improvisation community. She also teaches in the Dance For Wellbeing program at Belconnen Arts Centre, Pre-Professional at Canberra Dance Development and creates her own works through ISEMS Projects. Her motto is ‘Dance for All!’
Week 1 (18 August)
Activities will focus on introductions, mini tasks, creative dance practice and a final dance.
Week 2 (25 August)
Activities will focus on an opening dance, how to dance cold colours, duo dances and interactions, travelling in space, leading and following, and mini choreography.
Week 3 (1 September)
Activities will focus on an opening dance, exploring light movements, ways of lifting children, playing with swapping roles through movement interactions, and group dance.
Week 4 (8 September)
Activities will focus on object interactions, listening and composing mini dances, improvising to the sound of music and dancing images.
Week 5 (15 September)
Becoming a human painting
Activities will focus a review of the different aspects of past activities and creation of a final Small Dance Together colour dance!
$115 per child
One adult per enrolled child must attend workshops. All materials will be provided.
What to bring
Please wear comfortable clothes (socks, gym wear, t-shirts and/or long sleeves) and bring a water bottle.
We require parents, grandparents or guardians to attend Small Dance Together workshops.
Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.