A new direction in wellness
- Demonstrate safe and correct techniques
- Encourage the pursuit of lifelong fitness and wellbeing
- Promote fun, non-competitive fitness experiences
- Perform fundamental movement skills and sequences with confidence
- Demonstrate stress reduction techniques
- Promote self-esteem and positive self-image
- Improve individual and social awareness
- Enhance physical strength, fitness and flexibility
- Promote the benefits to mental health
Styles to choose from
This course teaches technical and creative contemporary dance skills while also incorporating a mindful approach to movement.
Using the experiences from the technical dance aspects and the physical, as well as mental/emotional expressions of creativity, we combine the elements to create thoughtful, insightful and empowering performances.
Technical – Students learn about safe dance practice for their bodies. We teach them the theory behind contemporary dance styles (safety release), jazz/lyrical and some tumbling and floor techniques.
Creative – Students’ creative expression is supported in 2 tiers:
We teach students about the artistry of dance as a body moving in space. They learn several different types of movement-concept scaffolds to help them develop their own dance style or choreography. The structure of these scaffolds will help students to find the right balance between freedom and guidance. We want them to feel liberated, not overwhelmed.
As they progress through the units of Mindfulness, Identity and Friendship, students discover how to articulate their innate personal strengths of character. When they’ve identified a trait they recognise, and experience it as positive and powerful, we will support them to start consciously embodying that trait. This involves helping students to feel throughout their body, the sensation of what it is to be uniquely powerful. We encourage them to recognise the way these empowering parts of their identity support their family, friends and thebroader community around them.
Students learn about the artistry of dance as a body moving in space. We share several different movement-concept scaffolds, which help them to create their own dance style, or choreography. The structure of these scaffolds helps students to learn about the right balance of freedom and guidance. We want them to feel liberated, not overwhelmed.
Our Indigenous mindfulness program works well with or alongside our other Indigenous dance programs, although it focuses more on introducing traditional meditation practices and spiritual principles, including the benefits of mindfulness in nurturing relationships and identity. The class has been designed to immerse your students in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions and beliefs.
It begins with an Acknowledgement of Country, an introduction to Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and how relationships with self and others fit into this ancient worldview. Breathing, meditation and mindfulness exercises are accompanied by traditional didgeridoo rhythms, and a vocal exercise component merges chanting with all skills learned, to find harmony through song.
This program is a perfect addition to your learning design around Reconciliation or Naidoc week! It can also complement the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priorities and explorations into Aboriginal Histories and Cultures.
- An open space suitable for the number of participating students (and sometimes an audience too)
- Our instructor will arrive at least 15 minutes before the class begins to sign in and set up
- Our instructor will provide all equipment and speakers
- Our programs are structured around your school timetable
- Teachers must be present during the session
- All of our instructors have working with children clearances (WWCC)
All prices are negotiable to suit school budgets. We don’t want students to miss out on their Nikki Visaj Movement experience!