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Dancing Connections at the Sydney Opera House

Community Dance Experience

The Sydney Opera House, together with Dance for Parkinson’s Australia and in partnership with Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD program, presents the third session in our new initiative: Series 3 Focus: Australian Ballet.

Community Dance for Parkinson’s Class with a special Behind the Scenes event

Date: Wednesday 17 May

Cost: Free (with additional $10 ticket for optional Behind the Scenes event)

This series of high quality Dance for Parkinson’s class’s links to the work of specific companies in residence at Sydney Opera House. Each series’ community class curriculum is creatively built around the dance works and concepts that form the basis of the company’s repertory. The classes are offered to people with Parkinson’s, their families, dance teachers, friends and care partners. All levels of ability and mobility welcome; no prior dance experience is required.

In our first series of 2017 The Australian Ballet Education will present a workshop on The Nutcracker: The Story of Clara focusing on the music, design and choreographic themes of the production through a fun and rhythmic class.

Participants are invited to come early before class and take advantage of a special $10 ticket offer to attend a Behind the Scenes performance by The Australian Ballet, where the world of ballet is opened up and there is an excerpt of performance by The Australian Ballet principals.

After the performance teachers are invited to attend a translation session facilitated by Dance with Parkinson’s instructors. Instructors and Health Professionals are also invited to an additional event on Monday, 15 May.

For more information and to register here.

“A joyful class with great leaders. All levels catered for. You could feel the energy in the room. And what a room!”

Participant, Community Dance Class

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The Australian Ballet Education Access Program Residency at the Sydney Opera House

Dates: 15 - 20 May 2017

Venues: Utzon Room/Joan Sutherland Theatre Foyer

School's Workshop and Performance

The Australian Ballet Education program for schools is coming to the Opera House for a week long residency under the Opera House’s Access Program, with a focus on students with disability.

Cost: Free

Dates: Monday 15 / Thursday 18 / Friday 19 May

The program includes both practical workshops and a performance of The Sleeping Beauty. The program is universally designed to ensure all students are able to participate, regardless of where they start on their own choreographic movement journey.

Schools Program Workshop Session
The Workshop is a fun introduction to dance movement with a focus on kinetic learning and the artistry of the ballet through design, music and production-all linked to arts curricular and is led by The Australian Ballet’s Dance Education Team. The Dance Education Team is made up of two male and two female dance educators who are classically trained dancers. The interactive presentation connects with and inspires the students, as they participate, observe and interact with the dance presenters and each other. 

Program Performance – The Sleeping Beauty
The performance of The Sleeping Beauty is a 30 minute contemporary ballet experience featuring a traditional Aurora and her Prince mixed in with a Wolf in a Hoodie, the Bluebird in a Beanie and a tomboy Red Riding Hood. It is a fun and engaging introduction to the ballet and complements the workshops and information on The Australian Ballet website.

Target age group
Grade 4 and above
Maximum of 25 students per workshop

For more information and to register directly with the Australian Ballet click here.

“The children were beside themselves with excitement and had the most memorable and rewarding experience imaginable.”

Teacher's Professional Development Session

Date: Monday 15 May

Time: 4.30 – 6pm

Cost: Free 

The Australian Ballet’s Education Team will deliver a Professional Development session for specialist and generalist school teachers providing accessible ideas that complement the curriculum for primary and secondary.

For more information and to register directly with the Australian Ballet click here.

Dancing Story plus The Sleeping Beauty performance (General Public)

Date: Saturday 20 May

Venue: Utzon Room

Cost: Free

Recommended age: 3-5 years

Dancing Story gives children the unique opportunity to explore the story of The Sleeping Beauty through an unforgettable dance experience led by a member of The Australian Ballet’s Education team. Accessible to all children regardless of learning styles or physical abilities.

For more information on workshop times and to register directly with the Australian Ballet click here.

Bella in the House (For Students)

Presented by Sydney Opera House in Partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Bookings for the 2017 Bella in the House program are now open.

Years: K–12

Cost: Free

Experience a full day program with our Museum of Contemporary Art Bella & Sydney Opera House combined excursion for students with specific needs. 

Engage with artworks in the MCA galleries and work with Bella Program Artist Educators to make and create your own response. Extend your journey in the outdoors and explore the harbour on your journey to the Opera House. Tour the Opera House with guides experienced in special education and creative play, and link creative themes explored in the Bella program. Excursions can be tailored to the individual requirements of students aged 5 to 18 years with physical, intellectual, behavioural or sensory disability. 

Bella in the House is held monthly on Mondays. Bookings are open for the first part of 2017 on the following dates: 20th Feb / 20th March / 15th May / 19th June.

Find out more.

“It was a unique experience for the students who returned with many great memories”
Teacher, Les Powell School

Bella Plus in the House (For Adults)

Enjoy a combined Opera House and Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) excursion experience.

Bookings for the 2017 Bella Plus adults program are now open.

Cost: Free

Bella Plus is held monthly on Mondays. Bookings are open for the first part of 2017 on the following dates: 27th Feb / 27th March / 22nd May / 26th June.

Find out more.

Starting with Art at the House

Presented by Sydney Opera House in Partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Years: K–12 

Cost: Free

This program offers a full day excursion for students with intellectual disability combining a morning visit to the Art Gallery of NSW’s Starting with Art Program - viewing a selection of artworks inspired by the Opera House and Sydney Harbor followed by a tour of the Opera House to discover how the iconic building and harbor inspired these artworks. The program provides stimulating and engaging workshops and includes discussion, role-play and the use of sensory materials. Students are also given the opportunity to make artworks using a variety of materials. 

For more information and bookings visit the Art Gallery of NSW website.

“We had such a great experience. Our students (and staff!) participated with enthusiasm and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity.”
School Learning Support Officer, Endeavour Sports High School

Teaching Development Forum: Engaging Students with Disability (Creative Learning)

Dates: 18 - 19 August 2017

Exchange information, ideas and inspiration with industry experts and practitioners from the arts and disability network in this interactive two day forum for teachers, support providers and artists.

Participants will learn from, and work alongside, leading artists and teachers including artist educators from MCA’s Bella Program. This two day forum will not only fill you with ideas and provide you with skills, but will also incentivise collaborations between artists and schools. This is the forum for those passionate about working with students with disability or for teachers who want to learn some tried and tested technique.

Find out more.

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