Alec Pernes for Freedance. Photo by Mathew Lynn.
Freedance is a series of energetic dance classes held in the open air at Abbotsford Convent (2020-2021) and at Fed Square (2021), led and curated by local artists from Dancehouse. There are different class styles to choose from, including: a Contemporary Action Lab for professional contemporary dancers; a Street Dance series for all levels; a Family Freedance series for the whole family; and Queer Dance.
2021 | Fed Square
Street Dance, June—July | Litefeet (Arisa Herbert), House (Alec Pernes), Jamaican Dancehall (Cat Pwiti & Chuby Dice)
Queer Dance, May | Vogue (Kiki Targe), Waacking (Marnie Newton), Queer Expression and Drag Culture (Valerie Hex)
2020—2021 | Abbotsford Convent
Contemporary Action Lab
Curators: Melanie Lane and Kyall Shanks
Teachers: Jo Lloyd, Israel Aloni, Rebecca Jensen, Paea Leach, Shelley Lasica, Sarah Aiken
Curators: Trevor Santos Marnie Newton
Teachers: Briana Cohen, Kiki Devine, Martijn Sedgfield, Arisa K Herbert, Christian Francisco (Nonoy), Alec Pernes, Hëna Memishi
Curators: Josh Lowe and Shamita Sivabalan
Teachers: Ida Ghatge, Rachel Mackie, Zoe & Aaron (Team Dream), Beth Lane, Ngioka Bunda Heath, Shamita Sivabalan