Dancehouse

2017 - 2018 PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

Dancehouse regularly plays host to workshops run by local and international practitioners. Bookings should be made through the contact details on each listing.

 

2018 Public Workshops

 

5-Day ActionTheater Intensive Workshop taught byLicensed ActionTheater Practitioner Danielle Cresp
22 - 26 January 2018

 

ACTION THEATER is a starting point for body-oriented theater improvisation. It's a physical theatre training method and an artistic practice all rolled into one. In ActionTheater, the improviser follows the constantly changing interior of their imagination and responds with movement, sound and/or language.

DURING THE TRAINING participants will work alone and with others in physical & vocal exercises. Exercises isolate and invite exploration of the formal elements: time, space, shape and dynamics. These explorations quiet the conceptual mind and hone awareness. Other exercises strengthen and expand skills of performance: movement, voice, composition, listening and relationship. Participants increase their ability to hold and express emotion, enliven imagination, and recover lost personal material. Every exercise enlightens the relationship between intention, awareness and action as well as engaging the heart and mind.

This workshop is directed towards performing artists who have previously done ActionTheater training or extensive physical theatre trainings in other styles. This workshop is for artists who wish to engage deeper with embodied presence in movement, sounds and language.

All expressions of interest welcomed via email: mail@daniellecresp.com

Danielle Cresp is a Melbourne based ActionTheater Practitioner, Director and Improvisation Artist. 

Danielle became a Licensed Action Theater Teacher under the watchful eyes of Ruth Zaporah herself in the heat of the New Mexican desert in 2011 and has been successfully teaching around Australia and Europe ever since. Her focus as a teaching-artist, director and improviser is on physically embodied presence. For the past 15 years Danielle has worked as a self-funded independent artist. Her passion for improvisation performance, shared artistic exchange, practise and directing has taken her to trainings, festivals and performance events across Australia, to Europe and to America.

Dates: 22-26 January 2018
Time: 9.30am-4.30pm
Cost: $550 waged; $400 unwaged; $350 earlybird (book before 10th Dec 2017!!) 
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/SYTR
Contact: Danielle Cresp
Email: mail@daniellecresp.com
Website: www.actiontheater.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/542000382815331/

 

2017 Public Workshops

 

Embodying Boundaries Workshop – Marcela Widrig (US)
Sunday 19 November 2017 

As women we're often told to be nice, to be polite, to say yes, to keep our voices down, to keep the peace, to manage the conflict, to be generous, to be helpful, to just get the job done!

We've been told that in order to be happy, successful, in a relationship, we must put our needs last and everyone else's first. We must compromise, sacrifice, give in … without complaint. And even though things are different now … most of us still don't know how to say NO. We don't know how to set boundaries.

Saying no can sometimes feel like life or death in our bodies
Saying no to the little things is just as important as saying no to the big things
We go into Fight, Flight or Freeze when our boundaries are crossed

How we'll learn to embody boundaries:
We'll first look at what your default reaction is when someone crosses your boundary, and what to do about it.

We'll also look at:

– Feeling the no in your body and expressing it, even in simple situations
– Setting boundaries with those you love
– Transforming anger into a clear and powerful no
– Using your past to discover your boundaries and wishes
– Embodying self-respect and standing your ground
– Feeling the freedom to say yes, after you've clearly set boundaries

My wish is that you leave this workshop feeling empowered and free to set your boundaries with clarity, strength, grace and ease.


Marcela Widrig
, founder of Fierce Embodiment, teaches men and women to release old beliefs, hurts, fears and the restrictive way they are held in their bodies today. She trained extensively with the Grinberg Method® for over 18 years, after getting her hands-on start in therapeutic massage and shiatsu. 

To be able to teach a wider audience and give her clients tools to deepen their learning, she continued her development with the Grinberg Method's Stopping Movement training, Body-mind Centering®, Embodied Flow™ yoga and Motion Theatre®. This combination of somatic bodywork, movement training, breath and expressive arts has given her a rich variety of body-centered tools to guide clients through trauma and emotional challenges, such as fear, shame, humiliation and anger. Marcela currently teaches workshops in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and United Kingdom.

Dates: Sunday 19 Nov 17
Time: 9.30AM-6.30PM
Cost: Earlybird USD$175 (ends 31 July), Full USD$145
Contact: Marcela Widrig
Email: marcela@fierceembodiment.com
Website: https://fierceembodiment.com/product/embodying-boundaries-melbourne-nov2017/

 

Shifting Shame, Releasing Fear Workshop – Marcela Widrig (US)
25 – 26 November 2017 (1.5 days)

A WORKSHOP TO EMPOWER WOMEN 

Most of us aren't aware of the shame that sits in our body. We call it something more socially acceptable. We say things like … "I feel embarrassed, confused, overwhelmed, unsure, stupid, silly, upset, hurt …" And yet … what lies underneath these emotions is often a deep, painful, debilitating sense of shame, of somehow feeling wrong. Even though we may not call it that, our heart knows the deep ache of not feeling good enough, not having enough, not belonging, not being understood, not being seen, not being loved, not being free. 

In the workshop, you'll learn to recognize how you react to shame in your body – what situations in life trigger it, where you tense your muscles, how you breathe, what the feelings and sensations are that you're trying to control, where your mind goes, how you behave in those moments where shame is triggered.

And you'll learn to stop it, as you wish, and let all the energy that you previously invested in being afraid of and hiding your shame, be set free to simply move through you. Imagine how your life would change if you were no longer held back by shame, fear and old stories from your past.

You'll learn Embodied Movement and breathing techniques to help you deal with:

– Body image and cultural / social expectations
– Rejection, failure, making mistakes
– The chronic feeling that something is wrong with you
– Anxiety, overwhelm and guilt
– Jealousy and comparison amongst women
– Silently held opinions you hold of yourself
– Criticism and judgment from others
– Finding internal space for forgiveness and self-acceptance

Marcela Widrig, founder of Fierce Embodiment, teaches men and women to release old beliefs, hurts, fears and the restrictive way they are held in their bodies today. She trained extensively with the Grinberg Method® for over 18 years, after getting her hands-on start in therapeutic massage and shiatsu. 

To be able to teach a wider audience and give her clients tools to deepen their learning, she continued her development with the Grinberg Method's Stopping Movement training, Body-mind Centering®, Embodied Flow™ yoga and Motion Theatre®. This combination of somatic bodywork, movement training, breath and expressive arts has given her a rich variety of body-centered tools to guide clients through trauma and emotional challenges, such as fear, shame, humiliation and anger. Marcela currently teaches workshops in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and United Kingdom.

Dates: Sat 25 Nov and Sun 26 Nov 17
Time: Sat, 9.30AM-6.30PM; Sun 9.30AM-1.00PM
Cost: Earlybird USD$225 (ends 31 July), Full USD$275
Contact: Marcela Widrig
Email: marcela@fierceembodiment.com
Website: https://fierceembodiment.com/product/shifting-shame-releasing-fear-melbourne-nov17/

 

Zumba® Workshops and Bounce DanceFit

Zumba® takes the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise.

Bounce DanceFit is a high-energy, constantly varied, addictive dance workout that perfectly fuses the fresh edginess associated with professional dancers with the fast-paced, mixed tempo moves you'd expect from an aerobics class, set to a mix-tape of street dance styles: Commercial, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vogue and House.  Bounce DanceFit will teach you moves that will out-twerk Miley, out-Vogue Madonna and out-fierce Beyonce. 

Akira Honda is an international group fitness instructor and event planner, who became the first Australian-based certified KpopX Fitness instructor and who brought the KpopX Fitness program into Australia in 2015. Akira currently teaches Zumba® classes in Melbourne, and he also organised 'Zumbathon,' a charity event for Starlight Children. Akira has also brought the Aerodance Masala program into Australia. His teaching emphasizes impression and excitement for people, while providing a thorough workout.

Dates: Throughout the year, contact Akira for more details
Time: Varies
Cost: Price on application
Contact: Akira Honda, 0431 533 070
Email: akira@amazingakira.com
Website: akirahonda.zumba.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aadancefit , https://www.facebook.com/events/593137530878830/