31. 05. 2016

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 to be a part of and the Dance Jungle Gym went down a treat. We seem to be getting a similar amount of people through in a day ranging between 70-80 people through.

We had some volunteer assistance from Envy Dance Studio thanks to Tamara Kovaleff and her dancers. It made a huge difference to the day and allowed us to get more people through as well as have that more consistent and hands on engagement of dancer and participant. It felt great to be able to guide someone through and give them the time they wanted without having to run off to help someone else.

It is also a great way to connect people with the studio owners in the area. It promotes awareness of the dance training that is in the regional areas for people to join and try out. It was lovely to see those conversation evolving after people interacted with the Jungle Gym.

This was a one day event for us and next we will be heading to STEM fun day summit in Mount Gambier.

Larissa McGowan

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About the Artist

Larissa McGowan

After studying dance in Brisbane and Melbourne, Larissa joined Australian Dance Theatre in 2000 and has since toured extensively with the company winning multiple awards for Best Female Dancer including a Helpmann and Australian Dance Award. Larissa appeared as a guest choreographer on two seasons of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. She has created work for WOMADelaide, Link Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company, Tasdance and premiered her first full length work, ‘Skeleton’ at the 2013 Dance Massive.

Country Arts SA recognises and respects that we are living and creating on Aboriginal Lands and we are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.