Festival of all abilities

Students posing for a photo in front of the beach after their performance!

The Celebration Of Abilities concert hit a high note last Wednesday 7th of August in Newcastle, NSW.

Talented performers of all abilities took centre stage at Newcastle’s Music Festival as the festival held its inaugural inclusive concert.

The concert is the first of its kind in the Hunter, working to unite all people through the power of music and we were delighted to be a part of it!

Our performance troupe students travelled from the Central Coast to be there and performed 2 group numbers and one solo by Matthew Lloyd.

Check out some footage from the day below by NBN News.

Source: https://www.nbnnews.com.au/2019/08/07/cele...

Don't stop till you get enough!

Our Wadalba students were blessed to perform alongside some of the Central Coast’s most talented dancers on the 10th December.

Students posing after their performance

D3 studios ran by the wonderful Darren Disney, kindly invited our students to share the stage with them at their end of year dance concert this year in Wyong.

Rocking it with their MJ hats and suspenders, the team performed their new Michael Jackson routine and brought the house down with their radiant confidence and flair on stage.

Our students can’t get enough of being on stage, they absolutely love it.
- Miss Danni, Central Coast Perform-Ability Instructor

We want to thank Darren and the team at D3 for having us at their concert and for supporting Perform-Ability over the years.

Becoming a superstar...

On the 28th November, one of our newest Perform-Ability students had her first performance with us, and she was an absolute superstar.

“Freya The Famous” started her Perform-Ability journey with us late this year at our new program in Ashfield with Miss Nadia and just a few weeks later, she was asked to perform a solo routine at the annual showcase for The Australian College of Dance.

She absolutely stole the show with her rendition of “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift.

“Freya - sorry - “Freya The Famous” was an absolute diamond last night. By my side, side stage, she wasn’t fazed by the huge crowd and was just gorgeous on stage. It was such a pleasure to have Freya and her family at our big night.” Helen Rawlings, Australian College Of Dance.

We would like to thank The Australian College of Dance for having Freya as a part of their showcase and for the wonderful support they have for our Perform-Ability program.

To find out more about our classes, get in touch with us at info@perform-ability.com.

International Day for People with Disability

There are always so many wonderful events in Australia each December as we celebrate IDPwD within our communities.

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This year, we were a part of the Blacktown Picnic in the Park where we celebrated our differences, our abilities and our talents.

Our superstar soloist dancer, Matthew Lloyd, travelled from the Central Coast to perform his Bruno Mars solo and wowed the crowds. Home Care Heroes and Miss Miranda followed his performance with their dance workshops where the audience got involved and showed Blacktown the biggest dance party they have ever seen (we like to think!).

It was such a fantastic day of performances, activities and more by local service providers and businesses, all showing their support for IDPwD.

A Spectacular Morning!

Miranda talks about her experience with School Spectacular yesterday.

Fun, fun and more fun was had at yesterdays School Spectacular rehearsal. I was blessed to have the opportunity to assist the inclusive performance students at their final practice in Sydney Olympic Park with the wonderfully inspiring Virginia Ferris.

The students travelled from near and far to be there. From various schools, children arrived in the morning with huge smiles on their faces. It was so great to be in a room full of people of mixed ages and abilities, sharing the love of dance with their superstar teachers.

We had a ball as we danced to Kylie Minogue’s song “Dancing.” The highlight of the day was the excitement from the students as they had their first dress rehearsal in their costumes.

Good luck to everyone for the big shows over the weekend. You’re all superstars.

Inclusive Dance Teaching - TAFE

The founder of Perform-Ability, Miranda Daisy, has been very busy the past couple of weeks attending numerous workshops and courses to up skill and continue to train in the rather untouched area of inclusive dance practice.

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Yesterday I spent the day at Sydney TAFE - EORA College furthering my learning inclusive dance. It was great to be attending a as a learner as I was a trainer for the Hunter TAFE Dance for Wellbeing a few years back.

The training was in partnership with Ausdance NSW, ACFIBS and TAFE NSW who have (thankfully) recognised that there is a need for more education for trainers working in this space.

The day began with each of us asking each other how we were - in sign language. The majority of the day was spent participating in various exercises which showcased inclusive dance practices. We later had the opportunity to discuss current issues within this field with people of various abilities in the room which was great.

Our Perform-Ability instructor course is well on the way to being ready for 2019 and yesterday confirmed for me that there is definitely a need for more in depth training for dance teachers wishing to start a career in an inclusive environment.

Through meeting with the wonderful Virginia Ferris yesterday, I will be volunteering my time tomorrow to assist with the additional needs performance piece for School Spectacular - can’t wait!