Dance classes inspired by routines from iconic music video clips held inside a legendary band room // Kids 10-15 5.00pm // Adults 16+ 6.30pm
Familiar moves made easy for everyone from beginners and beyond, in an inclusive and judgement free environment.
All classes are casual with a new short dance routine taught each week:
Dec 4: Michael Jackson
Dec 11: Bowie
Dec 18: Beyonce
Jan 8: Lady Gaga
Jan 15: Kylie
Jan 22: Backstreet Boys
Jan 29: Madonna Vs Britney
James Welsby is a producer, choreographer and performer with a decade of professional experience in contemporary dance and queer performance. He graduated from the VCA School of Dance in 2007 and in 2008 founded Phantom Limbs (winner “Best Dance” Melbourne Fringe 2013 and “Melbourne Festival Discovery Award”). He has performed for numerous companies (Taylor Mac, Finucane and Smith, BRIEFS,) and independent choreographers (Martin Del Amo, Luke George, and Cadi McCarthy). James is the founder and artistic director of critically acclaimed cult cabaret YUMMY, which has been presented in multiple festivals and continues to tour internationally.
As a choreographer, James has created work for Club Swizzle, Sisters Grimm, Zoe Coombs Marr, and Lucy Guerin Inc (Pieces for Small Spaces), and has created several full-length shows under his own name. One of which, “HEX,” was performed in Next Wave Festival 2014, the International AIDS Conference 2014, and toured Australia in 2015 to Brisbane Powerhouse, PICA, RCC, PACT, and The Street Theatre. James taught at Chunky Move for six years, and was mentored by choreographer Stephanie Lake through JUMP mentoring. His drag alter ego “Valerie Hex” has been seen touring nationally and internationally and has performed in countless nightclubs around the world.
Chafia began at a small dance school at the age of 8 and continued on as a member of the highly regarded QL2 Youth Dance Company, Canberra before completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Queensland University of Technology. She has over 10 years professional experience working as a performer, choreographer and teacher. As a contemporary dancer she has been involved in many projects for theatre, arts and music festivals, dance film and site specific work both nationally and Internationally. She also has extensive experience working across more commercial projects in film and TV and has been involved in music film clips for artists including; Darren Hayes, Little Birdy, The Sleepy Jackson, The Living End, Youth Group, Powderfinger, Ben Lee, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Kid Radio, TZU, Alex Watts and Le1f (USA).
In more recent years Chafia has become focused on the multiple benefits and relevance of dance and movement within the broader community across all demographics, abilities and professions. Further study in Dance Movement Therapy has allowed her to bring dance experiences and education to a widely diverse range of people.
Every Tuesday beginning 4 December 2018
Kids 10-15: 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Adults 16+: 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Please arrive 5-10 mins prior to your class time. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who remains in the Gershwin Room for the entirety of the class.
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Image credit: Gregory Lorenzetti
We acknowledge the lands on which we present these classes are the lands of the Yalukit Willam people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and future.