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School Holiday Workshop

Ever dreamt of dancing on one of Sydney Opera House's world-renowned stages? Make a young dancer’s dreams come true with our special School Holiday dance experience where ballet, contemporary and hip hop collide in a beautiful dance explosion!

In the Centre for Creativity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Kids & Families

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Recommended for kids ages 9-11

This workshop is for children aged 9-11 of all skills, abilities & genders.

Please note this workshop is for children only. Parents and carers will drop off and pick up their children promptly at the workshop start and end times from the Centre for Creativity. Following booking, parents/carers will receive a supervision consent form to complete and return to the Opera House Learning Team.

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Pre-sale timings:

  • Insider Member Priority – 9am, Tuesday 2 August
  • What's on Priority sale – 9am, Wednesday 3 August

General public on sale Friday 5 August, 9am

One event on Thursday 6 October 2022

Thursday, 6 October 10am - 1pm

$60 per participant

This event is for ages 9-11 only. Tickets are $60 per participant. 

Use your Creative Kids Voucher

Sydney Opera House is also registered as a Creative Kids provider. 

To use your Creative Kids voucher for this workshop in conjunction with a performance, click here.

The duration of this event is 3 hours

This event runs for 3 hours. Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

What to bring on the day

As this is a dance workshop, please wear something comfortable to move in (you're welcome to bring a costume if you like!). Please also bring a water bottle.

"Dance delivers a sort of delight which human instinct can’t manage without."
 
Confucius
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Collaborate, design and perform your own work

Make a young dancer’s dreams come true with our special School Holiday dance experience where ballet, contemporary and hip hop collide in a beautiful dance explosion! Young creators will collaborate, design and perform their own work in costumes with live music in our very own theatre. 

We welcome both budding beginners and more experienced dancers to learn simple improvisation, composition and how to make a dance performance. Kids will learn new movement skills from various dance styles. From Hip Hop, capoeira, and contemporary dance, to classical ballet  - learning methods for creatively combining them.

Workshop dancers are encouraged to bring their favourite dance costumes from home, or dress up with our Sydney Opera House costumes!

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Meet the Artists

Charemaine Seet

Charemaine Seet is a dance artist and educator straddling postmodern dance and street dance practice. Her contemporary dance school, Seet Dance, is primarily concerned in de-centring contemporary dance away from Western aesthetics. Her practice explores intersections of dance as movement, learnings, arts, writings and research. Charemaine was principal dancer and choreographer for Union Dance in London, a scholarship student with Merce Cunningham in New York and a soloist with Doug Elkins Dance Co. 

She continues to collaborate with Elkins, a multi-award-winning choreographer who pioneered the merging of street and postmodern dance. Charemaine’s ongoing expanded choreographic project, in which she recreates iconic moments of contemporary dance in LEGO, was exhibited at the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces 2020, Brown University.

Anney Bounpraseuth

Iris Li

Iris Li is a groundbreaking musician, Pipa soloist, and the director of a fusion music group, the Amazonite Ensemble. Iris arranges both Chinese and Western repertories for the ensemble; they celebrate diversity and strive to connect the Western and Eastern cultures through music. The ensemble will be featured in an upcoming 2023 Australian Amazon feature film.
With ten years of teaching and performance experience, Iris’s Pipa studio has since been highly regarded by the community for her work. Apart from teaching, Iris has been actively composing and performing, her specialty is in Pipa Improvisation.
Iris was the first student to study the Pipa (Chinese lute) in a degree course and helped start the Chinese music program at the Conservatorium. China Central Television (CCTV) featured her work related to the development of Chinese music in Australia.

Iris Li

Reina Takeuchi 

Reina Takeuchi is an Australian-Japanese artist-researcher, curator and dance maker interested in interdisciplinary collaboration. Influenced by her experiences living peripatetically across East and Southeast Asia during her youth, Takeuchi uses an auto-ethnographic approach to her art/performance processes. Her practice spans across visual arts, choreography, curatorial projects, written publications and creative facilitation. 

Her performance projects have included installations at Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, and performances for Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, Performance Space, and the Museum of Contemporary Art's Late program. Most recently she is a member of the CP[3] program supported by Dance Nucleus, Readymade Studios & Critical Path, for the development of critical praxes in contemporary choreography and performance making, with a focus on the Asian context. Takeuchi holds a Master of Philosophy in Creative Practice from QUT, Advanced Diploma in Dance Performance from the Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year 2019 and is currently a PhD candidate at QUT, focussing on Asia-Pacific performance and curatorial projects. 

Iris Li

Venue Information

The Centre for Creativity will adhere to a maximum capacity of 1 person per two square metres, in line with the current NSW Public Health Order. 

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Installations/Workshops

Who is this workshop suited to?

 

This workshop is recommended for children aged 9-11. Please note this workshop is for children only. Parents and carers will drop off and pick up their children promptly at the workshop start and end times from the Centre for Creativity.

Following booking, parents/carers will receive a supervision consent form to complete and return to the Opera House Learning Team.

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

What should I bring on the day?

As this is a dance workshop, please wear something comfortable to move in (you're welcome to bring a costume if you like!). Please also bring a water bottle.

Where is the installation/workshop located? 

The workshop is in our new Centre for Creativity at the end of the Western foyers, near the entrance to the Drama Theatre.

What if I am late for the installation/ workshop?

We will start promptly at the workshop time, however as this is a drop-in session, so don't worry too much if you are late, just make your way to the Centre for Creativity and someone will bring you up to speed.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance & Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

We advise that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the event. Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts.

I have access needs. How can the Opera House support me?

Please advise us upon booking if you have any particular learning or mobility needs for us to support

Are there change tables in the Centre for Creativity?

Change tables and Nappy bins are available in the Centre for Creativity, as well as the accessible public toilets in the below locations.

Western Foyers
Lower level of the Concourse
Main Box Office accessible toilets
Concert Hall Northern Foyer (both Male and Female)

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

Will there be pram parking at kids performances?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Where does this event/workshop/installation happen?

The workshop happens in our new Centre for Creativity at the end of the Western foyers, near the entrance to the Drama Theatre

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event? 

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller, you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

What if I can't come to the event?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Can my baby sit on my lap?

If you'd like to bring your baby to one of our activities that is not baby focused, your baby may sit on your lap during the activity. Please note unless this is a baby-specific activity there is minimum pram parking onsite. Your baby will require a babes-in-arms ticket as they contribute to our venue capacities.

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Babies aged 0-2 years old at the time of a performance may be seated on an adult’s lap. Children 2 years and older will need to hold a standard ticket.

Will there be food and beverages available to be purchased in the venue?

Food and beverages will not be allowed in the Centre for Creativity unless specified in the event. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available to purchase food before your event. Please bring a credit or debit card for any on-site purchases to enable contactless payment.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer or as directed by Sydney Opera House staff, adhering to COVID-safe rules.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House will become a smoke-free site from Saturday 1 January 2022.
  • By becoming a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

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