ON SHOW: Alstonville dance group SPRUNG!! is the subject of an exhibition.
ON SHOW: Alstonville dance group SPRUNG!! is the subject of an exhibition. Contributed

Dancers captured for exhibition

ALSTONVILLE dance group SPRUNG!! is holding a unique photographic exhibition of a recent workshop for dancers with disabilities.

In September last year, Alstonville Dance Studio's Susie Whiteman organised the inaugural Integrated Dance Theatre Holiday Workshop with Julie Barratt and Sarah-Vyne Vassallo of Accessible Arts NSW, and the Don't DIS my ABILITY campaign.

Photographed by Katrina Folkwell, with select photos by Sarah Kearney - a young photographer with a disability - the exhibition opens today, April 4, at the Ballina Northern Rivers Community Gallery and runs until April 28.

Ms Whiteman, who has been teaching people with a disability for about 25 years, said the SPRUNG!! project came together in collaboration with the parent of one of her dancers, paediatrician Robyn Brady. "It became a little dream of ours that one day we would get dancers with a disability together at the studio and hold a workshop that was aimed towards people with a disability," she said.

"So that's where it started.

"I made calls to all the people that I'd been teaching, and contacts that I'd met, and then we had a week-long workshop integrated with other dancers from the studio.

"It really was such a great success."

Ms Whiteman said the concept was going from strength to strength.

A new series of workshops, being held in conjunction with Lismore disability support service Red Inc, would begin on April 22 at Alstonville Dance Studio, geared towards a triple bill performance, industry panel and art exhibition to be held at the Byron Community Centre in September.

Dancers with and without disability are welcome to express an interest in participating in the project, which will include former Northern Rivers Conservatorium dance student and now renowned Adelaide artistic director, Phillip Channels, and NORPA's Phil Blackman.

Those interested should contact Robyn on email at robynbrady@fastmail.com.au.


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