Aboriginal & Contemporary Dance Fusion
Learning about Aboriginal culture – that is, Australian culture - is something that all Australians should embrace and acknowledge.
Let us discover Aboriginal culture through body movement. Culture Unlock and Monica Stevens, a founding member and dancer of Bangarra Dance Theatre are co-organising a choreography that fuses Contemporary and Aboriginal Dance styles. What’s more, Monica uses Dance as the tool to discover the intricacies in words and language of the Aboriginal people.
No dance experience necessary!
This class is “Interactive” – participants are encouraged to contribute their own thoughts and ideas, to evolve the choreography that Monica will teach us, into a true team collaboration.
We were proud to perform this choreography in 2013, as part of National Reconciliation Week celebrations!
Join us for a lot of fun with like-minded people, good exercise and invaluable cultural learning!
Next 8-week course commences Monday 10 March 2014
Aboriginal Dance Theatre
88 Renwick Street Redfern
6.00pm - 7.30pm
$20 per class
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Choreographer's Biography - Monica Stevens
"I am mBabaram (father’s), Kuki Yalanji (mother’s) and Yidinji (father’s mother’s) from Far North Queensland. I started my career in dance when I completed my HSC. I have 15 years experience as a modern dancer touring the world and 18 years experience as a mother. Today I reflect and I love what I do and appreciate what life offers me.
My dance training was at National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College. This college produced famous Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists such as Wayne Nicol, founder of the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns, Michael Leslie, founder of the Aboriginal Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, Lillian Crombie – actress; Stephen Page Bangarra Artist Director and Christine Anu dancer and singer.
I have danced professionally with the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre and Bangarra Dance Theatre Australia. I toured to the United States, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand.
I have been working with a mix of techniques and developing my style since 1996 on student and professional dancers. I have also worked on movement and motion capture of dance at Deakin University.
Now, I have time to dedicate time to choreographic discovery. The idea is to work my choreography on your bodies and find new phrases and new meaning to dance as we all know it.
• Having discussions on how moves can be executed well and safely
• Observing and understanding our own body types
• Flexibility of both body and mind
• Understanding people's strengths and weaknesses
• Keep to gender specific moves at times
• Collaborative group dancing."
Workshop for National Reconciliation Week, May 2013
Performance, National Reconcilation Week, May 2013