On Wednesday 22 March, the Year 9 Dance class had the exciting opportunity to have a class with Ben Cure, who is director of Lion Heart Dance Company.

Ben is a professional dancer, choreographer and director in Melbourne, who is dedicated to assisting inspiring young students through dance workshops and mentorship. His aim is to create confidence in the students dancing and to instil creativity in the student’s artistic endeavours.

After a warm-up the Year 9 Dance students participated in a contemporary dance class, where they learnt movement sequences that challenged them and gave them the opportunity to take risks in their own choreography.

The students embraced this wonderful opportunity and are looking forward to having Ben as a guest dance teacher again in Term 2.

The Year 8 Dance class have been studying hip hop dance in their lessons this term. Students have participated in workshops, where they have learnt skills and techniques for their assessment. The Year 8 students have gained an understanding of the hip hop culture and the elements required for hip hop choreography.

In groups, students have chosen their own music, designed their costumes and choreographed a three-minute dance sequence, in the hip hop style. All four classes performed with confidence and enjoyment, and should be proud of their final performance.

Elite Dance have been rehearsing weekly, in preparation for the first competition at ‘Dance Life Unite’ in June. Matilda B. (11AASE) and Olivia A. (12MMWI), our two Dance Captains, have choreographed a wonderful jazz dance to ‘Livin La Vida Locca’. Students will have the opportunity to perform the dance to OLMC before the competition.

Deb Butterworth
Dance Teacher