Dance Workshop

Dance Workshop

Posted 23-Jun-2015


On Wednesday 17th June, a small group of students from Years 7 to 10 were invited to be involved in a dance workshop funded by the Victorian Arts Centre partly through Group 72 going to see the show Chalk About an international Dance/Drama collaboration based on peoples’ and students’ life stories.

Dance teacher Mel, who had travelled from the other side of Melbourne to teach the workshop, explained various elements from Chalk About which she used in the workshop, in particular the use of lying on the floor and “chalk” drawing your partner’s body outline. Students then had to choose three specific aspects of their life that they loved, ranging from dance, acting, sport, family, wrist bands, friends…..the list was varied. Students then acted out these in the workshop with Mel, Mr K. and our Chaplain Jess.

Shania, one of the leading Year 10 dancers observed “It was interesting and different and Mel made everyone feel confident and not afraid to be themselves in front of everyone.” Taneal of Year 7 said “It was fun acting out”, as Jan-Louis (also Year 7) added “It got a bit tricky – introducing each other using acting and movement without talking - it was fun though”.

Further indication of the strong engagement was the Year 10 Dance students kept Mel (our dancer for the day) well into lunch to talk about Mel’s experiences in Dance and Theatre. Mel has been selected for London’s Royal Academy of Arts, that actors like Dame Judy Dench attended. They even asked her if she could return to do another workshop they were so enthusiastic. I would like to thank our 20+ students for their polite, enthusiastic and co-operative manner and for participating in the many varied movement activities which would have been a challenge if not for the leadership of the Year 10 girls, Year 9 boys, Mel and Jess. Big thanks to Jess for her help, participation and commitment. Also thanks to the Music Department, for use of their equipment and the other teachers who permitted their students to attend.

Paul Kellett – Drama Teacher