Fine Lines: Contemporary Dance for Mature Bodies represents a wide range of experiences, with some participants in their 30s, but the majority in their 50s and 60s. Participants represent many dance lineages, with training by many national identities including Margaret Lassica, Lynn Golding and Margaret Scott.
Many participants have danced professionally, nationally and internationally as independents and members of dance companies. Classes include floor work, standing and locomotor phrases and some improvisation, incorporating a number of established dance techniques such as ballet, Graham, Cunningham and Horton techniques, and influenced by current contemporary movement approaches. Participants are encouraged to adapt the movement presented to suit their own physical requirements and unique set of inhibitors. Phrases used in class are generally steady and low impact.
Movement combinations are designed to stimulate cognitive function and muscle memory while the creative and artistic challenges support healthy, intellectually stimulated and artistically vibrant older dancers to reach their potential.
Dr Katrina Rank is a leading Australian educator and dance artist, contributing to national and international movement education outcomes. A ballet and contemporary dancer by training, Katrina maintains a performance and teaching practice and received an Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance Education in 2018.