Freedance — Queer Dance Series
Presented by Dancehouse and Fed Square
Put your dancing shoes on, grab a friend (or three), and head down to the Atrium for three weeks of energetic dance classes in the open air, led by local artists, curated by Dancehouse. There are three class styles to choose from: vogue, waacking and drag culture, so you can select what suits you the best! Classes are suitable for adult movers and beginners. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and loose-fitting clothing.
Your safety is our priority
We take your safety seriously and have put in place the following COVID safety measures to ensure you are able to feel free and have fun whilst dancing.
- The capacity of each session is to ensure social distancing and to comply with the government directions (please note: we will continue to adhere to government restrictions, and will notify you directly if this affects this program);
- The workshop area will be demarcated for the event to ensure members of the public are aware and ensure social distancing;
- You are encouraged to bring your own water bottle
- Markers and any other equipment will be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant between each session.
About the classes
May 5 Kiki Targe — Vogue
Voguing is a style that transcends dance, representing inclusivity, respect and community based in ballroom culture from the 1980s. Learn how to spin, dip and duckwalk with the mother of Melbourne’s original voguing house, Kiki from the House of Dévine.
May 12 Marnie Newton — Waacking
Move your arms dramatically to the disco beat. Waacking is a queer expression founded by Black and Latinx people in 1970s Los Angeles. Burn City Waack co-founder Marnie Newton will show you the ropes to get your poses, character and performance down so you can waack just like the pioneers on the iconic American television show Soul Train.
May 19 Queer Expression and Drag Culture — Valerie Hex
Drag is a way of life and quintessential in queer performance. Immerse yourself in the finer points of how to walk, perform and embody your best drag self with Valerie Hex, the drag persona of James Welsby. Find yourself and express it in a class exploring what it means to be Queer and perform it as a drag persona.