Tutor/Facilitator Sheffi Shapira & Marie Feigl & Naomi Gordon
Date: on/from Tue 13 Feb 2024 to end year
Class time: 11:00-1:00
South Melbourne Community Centre, hall 1
This program offers the learning of folk dances from around the world. The sessions also include a short element of warm – up exercises & games to prepare for the dancing and to increase flexibility & stamina. The goals of the program are to enhance strength, balance, coordination and memory. Socialisation is another benefit from the joy of dancing.
Dances taught are simple to start, gradually building up to a varied and stimulating repertoire. Teaching is with a relaxed, fun approach & perfection is not expected. The sessions will include dances and exercise, starting with easy dances, slowly progressing to more challenging dances. It is anticipated that the group will build up a repertoire of accomplished dances. The exercises are designed to increase stamina, flexibility, strength and balance, relevant to the dances taught. Memory and socialisation are also enhanced through the dance program. There will be rest breaks during each session.
NB. This class is now two a two-hour class, from 11.00 – 1.00. The first half hour ( 11.00 – 11.30) will be dedicated to beginners and those needing extra tuition in the common dance steps and other basics so that they can comfortably join in with the participants returning from previous years.
REQUIREMENTS: No experience necessary; no partner needed; basic fitness required (relevant to age); comfortable clothing, allowing freedom of movement, eg jeans/slacks or skirt/dress, T-shirt and pullover, allowing to remove one layer when warmed up; comfortable supportive footwear eg joggers, “health” sandals with back-strap, both to be worn with cotton socks. Bare feet are unacceptable for health and safety reasons.
TUTORS: Naomi (Noni) is an experienced Occupational Therapist (Past Senior Clinician in Gerontology). She has used her Occupational Therapy training and extensive dance experience to choreograph and teach dance sessions, appropriate to skill levels, in hospital and community settings
Sheffi is a well-known, charismatic master of folk dance teaching. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance from the Department of Education, University of Melbourne, and co-delivered the Recreational Folk Dance Teaching Certificate from Ausdance Australia. Sheffi has many years of experience running creative and international folk dance programs for all ages and backgrounds.
Marie has had a life time of dancing since childhood. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance from the Department of Education, University of Melbourne and the Recreational Folk Dance Teaching Certificate from Ausdance Australia. Marie has had over thirty years of dance teaching experience and her greatest joy is to bring the joy of dance to others.