Mind Your Groove Roadshow Project

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Mind Your Groove Community Dance Roadshow 2017
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Eloise was the Project Manager for the Mind Your Groove Community Dance Roadshow Project, a series of travelling dance workshops in the Colac Otway Shire.

The Project was an outreach program for people disadvantaged by distance in accessing dance programmes in rural remote areas in South West Victoria.

The Project was volunteer driven and reached over 400 participants.

Eloise conceived the roadshow concept as a expansion and further development of Liza Freddi’s Mind Your Groove (MYG) Freestyle Dance Group located in Forrest.

Eloise alongside Kate Holmes assisted in securing a Community Funding Programme Grant, under the Community Projects Category to attain a portable PA sound system to tour the show.

The Project was overseen by a dedicated group of artists with backgrounds in dance, yoga, and performance art. The Roadshow Team included Liza Freddi, Amanda PerryBolt, Kate Holmes and Leisa Gittings.

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Eloise Wood
Project Management and Artist Responsibilities

  • Project Coordination
  • Grant writing
  • Grant Management
  • Administration
  • Creative Dance Facilitator
  • Tour schedule
  • Meetings
  • Reporting
  • Artist liaison
  • Media and promotions  
  • Poster distribution

Project Outline

Mind Your Groove Community Dance Roadshow is a travelling outreach program to be held within the Colac Otway Shire establishing a dance community outside of the regular dance school format and providing a safe place for people to dance in a non- competitive environment. Our vision is to facilitate a ‘conscious dance practice’ for the physical health and mental wellbeing of individuals supported through self expression and community cohesion. MYG supports community and cultural inclusion by providing a gentle framework for freestyle dance suitable to people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities where no prior dance experience is necessary. The aim of MYG Community Dance Roadshow is to provide a variety of dance genres and movement backgrounds exposing participants to dance diversity not easily accessible to rural towns within Colac Otway Shire.

Auspice and Supporting Bodies

  • Birregurra Arts Group  
  • Forrest Neighbourhood House
  • Apollo Bay Arts Inc

Project Benefits

MYG Community Dance Roadshow introduced the community to dance genres such as 5Rhythms (Melbourne), YogaWeave, African dance (Melbourne), Contemporary Dance, Australian Bush Dance, and Creative Dance and Freestyle for kids.

5Rhythms, YogaWeave and Rwandan/Kwaito dance had never been experienced in the Colac Otway Shire prior to the Roadshow. The towns that were targeted were: Apollo Bay, Lavers Hill, Colac, Birregurra and Hordern Vale. The project reached approximately 400 people in total.

Feedback from all Roadshow’s were extremely positive. The participants reported  improved sense of wellbeing, great value for money, an inclusive and nurturing environment, easy registration, great venues and facilities, and fantastic audio equipment.

Many participants asked for more dance opportunities to be available in the future.

Future benefits from the Project  include contemporary and ballet classes in Deans Marsh; an annual bushdance at the Hordern Vale Hall; creative and freestyle dance at Forrest Kindergarten and YogaWeave workshops in the local area.


 

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Mind Your Groove Community Dance Roadshow 2017

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