Sydney Dance Company host workshop in Port Augusta

DANCING: Sydney Dance Company held a two-hour contemporary dance workshop for Ignite Cheer and Dance students.

DANCING: Sydney Dance Company held a two-hour contemporary dance workshop for Ignite Cheer and Dance students.

SYDNEY Dance Company brought a two-hour contemporary dance workshop to Port Augusta, putting 27 aspiring local dancers through their paces.

With the company bringing its touring show ‘Frame of Mind’ to regional South Australia, dance educators Patricia Wood and Viola Iida hosted the workshop to teach budding dancers some of the choreography from the show.

The workshop, held in conjunction with Ignite Cheer and Dance, was based around creativity, with students aged 12 and over engaging in contemporary warm ups and creative tasks.

The students also created their own choreography to one of Frame of Mind’s tracks after thinking about what the piece of music meant to them. Ignite Coach Madeline Johnson said these types of workshops help students broaden their horizons and build confidence.

“Any opportunity to learn from professionals in the field is highly important, as we don’t get as many opportunities as we would if we lived in the city,” she said.

“I really love seeing professional companies emphasise the importance of creativity and expression in dance, and the joy and sense of accomplishment that can come along with creating something special.

“It really helps the youth of today understand that there is so much more to dance than what the media shows us.”

The Sydney Dance Company has launched the careers of several Australians in the industry, including Josef Brown, who stars in the ‘Dirty Dancing’ stage musical, and actor and television presenter Paul Mercurio.

Madeline said she was humbled and excited when Country Arts SA informed her about the opportunity and hopes to see more companies arrive in Port Augusta to teach specialised workshops.

“We are extremely grateful to Sydney Dance Company to be able to hold this workshop and hope that there will be many more in the future,” Madeline said.

Some students travelled to Whyalla and Port Pirie to see Frame of Mind.

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