31. 05. 2016


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 the gym. It was interesting to see a difference in the amount of people through but also the increase in boys participation. By having a male there to guide people through we saw a shift in how guys saw the Jungle Gym. Instead of saying no to doing it because they think dance is for girls, they gave it a try because two men were there to break that stereotype.

It was extremely exciting to see this shift and many of them came back to do it again, some even had a dance battle with the guys. Great to know for future ventures with DanceXtend.

We were again joined by our volunteers from Envy Dance Studio and also by dancers from MJ Dance Studio. This is making a huge difference to our overall numbers going through and the attention and engagement from the public. This more hands on approach gives people the sense of comfort and having locals to assist softens and bridges the conversation gap.

The day was definitely centered around fun for the family and this meant there were plenty of kids about. Unfortunately this meant adults were less likely to participate, mainly focusing on the entertainment for children.

This was a fantastic day and the best to date. With all the knowledge we have gained we are on the road to finding out the best way the Dance Jungle Gym operates.

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.