An ingrown toenail is a common problem if you are a dancer, especially a ballet dancer, because your toes are pushed into tights, squeezed into firm fitting dance, ballet or pointe shoes and then worked for hours repeatedly—jumping, spinning and pointing your feet. While you are dancing, your feet get very hot and sweaty, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Created by Slow Twitch Collective, Body Acousmonium is an innovative, 55-minute work making its debut at the 2019 ‘Melbourne Fringe Festival’. Aiming to provoke thoughts amongst audience members in relation to sound and its presence in space, the work consists of two performers fulfilling the role of artists as they express a story of personal interpretation through the simultaneous inclusion of electronic media (sound/lighting) and movement.
Alex Dellaportas and her team at Spark Productions Australia cleverly built a strong social media vibe in the lead-up to the premiere of their new production Snow and Rose. Two sisters whose bond transcends worlds reveal an intriguing glimpse of the creativity in lighting, set and choreography to be expected from a Spark Youth Dance Company creation.
Wakakirri, established in 1992, is Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools. Competitors perform an original three-to-seven minute ‘story dance’ that expresses an issue or story, often relating directly to the assortment of controversial topics that youth face within their communities. This year 20,000 students from over 280 primary and secondary schools attended heats throughout the country.
If you’ve ever worn a cast or moon boot to recover from an injury, you’ll remember the stiffness you felt when the brace was removed. During immobilisation, fibrous connective tissue (fascia) bundles form and stick together, like a stiff web. Once healed, you would have been prescribed exercises to ‘melt’ these bundles, and restore mobility and movement to the joint.
Awareness and preparation are the key to eating a healthy diet that supports an active lifestyle. While we all know the importance of eating well, it’s so easy to grab a bar of chocolate or skip a meal when we’re busy or exhausted – but this isn’t doing us any favours!
Eagerly expectant, an excited buzz fills the iconic Melbourne venue, Prahran’s Chapel Off Chapel as Donnie Dimase, one of Melbourne’s leading choreographers and dancers, prepares to showcase his first commercial dance production Cheap Luxuries and Expired Dreams.
Excited groups of kids sit cross-legged on the gymnasium floor, faces expectant as the coach gives their end of season speech. Hopeful dancers stand demurely on stage, nervously awaiting competition adjudication. Some will win, some will lose. At that moment, they await the onslaught of emotion. Will they feel happiness and pride or frustration and disappointment?
Suppressing flutters of excitement, the ballet dancer holds her position at the barre before sinking gently back to the floor. She's dreamed about this for years. As she rises again, the studio light catches sparkles of grey in her perfect