Author Archives: Larissa McGowan

Mt Gambier Show

DanceXtend made it’s way to the Mount Gambier Show this weekend. We took both the Dance Jungle Gym and Be the Choreographer, as well as a fabulous group of professional dancers and some local dance volunteers. This was quite an epic 2 days, with dancers alternating between the Jungle Gym and the stage for Be […]

Be the Choreographer at Renmark Field Day

Our activity called ‘Be the Choreographer’ had it’s first venture out last month. The Renmark field day was the setting for our premier of the interactive event. 4 professional dancers headed out to experience the 2 days in the hope to connect with people and create conversation about contemporary dance. In particular the creative process […]


After our recent tumbling workshops held in Mount Gambier, Lewis and I made the drive to Melbourne with the Jungle Gym for the 30th Annual Performing Arts Conference & Performing Arts Exchange. I was extremely excited to take the Jungle Gym to this event and present it to all the producers, presenters and artists involved. […]

Tumbling Workshops

Contemporary dance is a style that is ever expanding. It fuses movement from classical ballet, jazz, yoga, break dance and everything in between. As a performer and choreographer, this style of dance is exciting to work in because it allows you the freedom to explore an expansive palette of movement pathways. In my career I […]

Mt Gambier Eisteddford

Recently the Dance Jungle Gym headed out to the Mount Gambier Eisteddford. This was a chance to take the Gym to young aspiring dancers and see how they would interact with the installation. Although there were small pockets of time when they were not performing in their competition categories, we were able to share this […]


What a fabulous weekend! We drove to Mount Gambier for the STEM fun day summit with the Dance Jungle Gym. Even though the day was extremely chilly the sun was out and plenty of people were out to play. This time I took with me Lewis and Karno, two professional male dancers to assist with […]

Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival

In mid May we took the Jungle Gym to the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival. Everyone was out and there was a great buzz of people checking out what it had to offer. It was great to see so much art work on display from all ages and backgrounds. It was a perfect festival for DanceXtend […]

Be the Choreographer

We have been in the process of working with the App designers to make ‘Be the Choreographer’ come to life. It has been an interesting experience to see how the App will connect with the viewer and performers. And how we can translate a choreographic making experience into a fun and interesting activity for anyone […]

Carmen Suite

When Expressions Dance Company toured regional South Australia, I was lucky enough to see their amazing show ‘Carmen Suite’ and have a post show chat with the dancers and rehearsal director Lizzie Vilmanis. The performance was spectacular and had everything from love, desire, passion and of course, amazing dancing. It was fabulous to have the […]

Rose Festival & Lucindale Field Day

The Dance Jungle Gym has had two more ventures lately. The first being the Rose Festival in Renmark late last year, and more recently to the Lucindale Field Day. Both these days were challenging due to weather conditions, yet they both turned out to be a fantastic days connecting with the community. The Rose Festival […]