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With Azzam, Genny and Angelica 

Dance Workshop

Turn up ready to move with great artists, music and views of the Harbour and warm-up your night out with some infectious moves from Azzam Mohamed, Genny and Angelica from CanYouAfro?.

In the Centre for Creativity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Workshop

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:

  • From 15 December until at least 31 January 2022, the Opera House will continue to require that all visitors aged 16 years and over entering the building are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt). Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. This includes visitors and patrons attending a performance or event, taking a tour, or visiting the box office, retail store, bar or restaurant operated within the building (Bennelong and Portside). These requirements will not apply to visitors attending outdoor events or venues on the Lower Concourse, including Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and the Welcome Centre;
  • QR code check-in – all patrons and their guests must continue to check-in using the Service NSW QR code;   
  • Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times;
  • 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 beginners of ages 15+

This class is for ages 15+ and all skill levels, from beginners to experienced. 

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Pre-sale timings:

·        Tuesday 23rd November: Insiders pre-sale 9am
·        Wednesday 24th November: What's On pre-sale 9am

General public on sale Friday 26th November, 9am

Saturday 29 January 2022

Saturday 29 January 2pm & 4.30pm

Standard tickets from $29 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction

Ticket Description & price
  All tickets
Standard $29

The only authorised ticket agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. 

The duration of this event is 90 minutes

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change

What to bring on the day

Come along on your own, with a family member or group of friends. Please wear an outfit you are comfortable to move in!  As this workshop involves dancing, please advise us upon booking if you have any particular learning or mobility needs for us to support.

"Find a venue, put a sound system in there, a few lights, sell tickets, then have a great party."
 
Vinny Da Vinci (The Godfather of South African House Music)

Get your AfroHouse groove on...

Join us for a warm-up ahead of your Saturday night-out! Learn infectious moves from Azzam Mohamed, Geny and Angelica from CanYouAfro?.

This class is designed for beginners, and for anyone keen to learn some new dance moves. Azzam and his crew will share different African dance styles and sounds, and then go in-depth into AfroHouse moves.

Dance styles include Ndombolo; Pantsula, Coupé-décalé, Eskista, and teaching Afrohouse steps. Turn up ready to move with great artists, music and views of Sydney Harbour.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Meet the Artists...

More about Angelica ‘Chika’ Osuji...

Angelica Osuji is also known as Chika. An artist and creative visionary, dancer, and choreographer based in Sydney Australia. She was born in Brazil and raised there and New Zealand. Her inspiration and creative expression are rooted in my black experience, in black history and culture. At 17 she found ballet and contemporary. she pursued them passionately graduated with a Bachelor of performing arts majoring in contemporary dance. She joined New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance group founded by Neil Ieremia Black Grace. She travelled and worked professionally in New York in 2013 dancing with Swedish electro Pop duo Icona Pop. As life evolved so did my style which is now a great mix of capoeira, ballet, samba, tap dance, contemporary, dancehall and afro-fusion.

 

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More about Geny Navusi...

Geny Navuzi is a Belgium dancer and choreographer originally from Congo. Due to her rich culture and the environment she grew up in, she is been dancing since she was born. Throughout her journey, she picked up HipHop, House, Dancehall, and other street dance styles. She is well known in Sydney for her Afro-fusion classes and her intensive knowledge in variety of African dance styles such as Ndombolo, Kuduro, Azonto, Coupé-décalé and many more. She is the co-founder and organiser of Afrokultur festival in Belgium, which aims to put forward African Culture through, dance, music, fashion and food. In 2019, she travelled around Europe teaching Afro dance workshops in Belgium, Italy, Holland, France, and Luxembourg.

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More about Azzam Mohamed...

Azzam Mohamed, also known as Shazam, is a dancer, performer, and educator. He has been dancing for more than 12 years, and has trained in an array of different dance styles, from traditional cultural African dances like Afro House, Pantsula and Ndombolo to street dance styles such as Hip Hop, Popping and House. Additionally, he recently won Australia’s largest street dance competition, Destructive Steps in the Bonnie & Clyde Category in August 2019 and was invited to judge the Hip Hop category in 2020. As a teacher and mentor, he has been invited to conduct a weekend intensive at Dubbo Ballet Academy and the Australian Dance festival in 2018. As a performer, he took part in a contemporary and street dance crossover production with Riddim Nation as part of Sydney Festival 2020 and Adelaide Festival 2020 - ‘Two Crews’, choreographed by Nick Power and composed by Jack Prest. He also choreographed ‘’Me, Myself, I’’ for Out of Iso, a series of short dance works presented by  Intimate Spectacle, supported by City of Sydney at 107 Projects.

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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 - Workshops

Who is this workshop suited to?

 

Beginners aged 15+ - no experience necessary!

What should I wear on the day?

Please wear an outfit you are comfortable to move in!  As this workshop involves dancing, please advise us upon booking if you have any particular learning or mobility needs for us to support.

What should I bring on the day?

Waterbottle, comfy clothes and your best dancing pants.

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 installation/workshop time, however if you are running late, please make your way to the Centre of Creativity where you can join the activity. 

Frequently Asked Questions - 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.

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.

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 in the Western Foyer or as directed by Sydney Opera House staff, adhering to 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

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.

Will my experience be impacted by the Opera House's Renewal works?

In February 2020, the Opera House began major Concert Hall renewal works to transform the world-famous venue for 21st century performances. You can find out more here.

While the Concert Hall is closed, the rest of Opera House will remain open and vibrant, with unmissable performances and experiences across all other venues and the wider precinct.

Guests may experience some noise in foyers and theatres but we are working hard to minimise disruption associated with these important works.

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.

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?

Bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. 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 attend the Opera House? 

From 15 December until at least 31 January 2022, the Opera House will continue to require that all visitors aged 16 years and over entering the building are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt). Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. This includes visitors and patrons attending a performance or event, taking a tour, or visiting the box office, retail store, bar or restaurant operated within the building (Bennelong and Portside). These requirements will not apply to visitors attending outdoor events or venues on the Lower Concourse: Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and the Welcome CentreCheck-in processes will be in place for verifying proof of vaccination upon entry.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Yes, please bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.

Some members of the community may have issues wearing masks due to health conditions. We ask that you be respectful to others as reasons for not wearing a mask are not always obvious.

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.

Will my temperature be taken? 

In line with current NSW Health advice, we will not be carrying out temperature checks.

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