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Intro to Creative Dance — Zoë Bastin

‘Portrait’ (2023), Zoë Bastin. Photo by Devika Bilamoria
‘Portrait’ (2023), Zoë Bastin. Photo by Devika Bilamoria

INTRO TO CREATIVE DANCE: 4 week series with Zoë Bastin

Join Zoë Bastin for a dynamic four-week introduction to Creative Dance techniques tailored for experienced dancers.

Creative Dance, rooted in expressionism, emphasises the dancer’s agency, prioritising their decision-making and their ability to transform in motion.

Zoë’s ultimate aim is for dancers to discover a sense of freedom within their mind body, which they can apply beyond the studio. The class involves stimulating both physical and imaginary realms, working with diverse energetic states, patterns, perception, and negotiation. This allows a dancer to have a multifaceted journey encompassing the artistic, emotional, physical, and spiritual dimensions of human experience.

This class uses improvisation scores by exploring existing ones and collaborative score development. We will delve into visual imagery as a means to access the imaginative and subconscious aspects of the self. Somatic techniques will enable deep expression of movement. Expect guided improvisations and straightforward exercises with varying constraints, where you’ll explore dance individually, in pairs, and as a group. These sessions provide opportunities for observation and practice, allowing you to engage with space, sensation, presence, imagination, and time. This will foster movement awareness and seamlessly weave creativity into your dance process.

Open Classes:
Recommended for intermediate to professional level dancers as well as people who regularly attend dance classes. Each class is unique, come for one OR book for the 4 week series.


Zoë Bastin is an artist, renowned for her innovative and expansive choreographic practice. She intertwines exhibition, installation, publication, and performance, all unified under a political mission—to reshape societal structures that constrain the human body. She started teaching Creative Dance when she was 16 years old.

She lives and works on stolen Wurundjeri Country, where dance has existed as a form of storytelling, knowledge sharing and cultural practice for time in memorium. She acknowledges sovereignty of land, water, moving, storytelling and place making was never ceded.

Postponed to 2024. Dates to be advised.





Classes are located in Sylvia Staehli Theatre on the ground floor. Recommended for intermediate to professional level dancers as well as people who regularly attend dance classes.

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