Summer time brings fresh talent to town

FRESH TALENT: Ngioka Bunda-Heath will be visiting Bega as part of the Fling Physical Theatre summer program. Picture: Supplied

FRESH TALENT: Ngioka Bunda-Heath will be visiting Bega as part of the Fling Physical Theatre summer program. Picture: Supplied

Fling Physical Theatre will host a range of creative, fun workshops over the summer holidays.

“It’s a great opportunity for kids to be engaged in physical activity in a creative environment,” Fling associate artist Gabriela Green said on Thursday.

"Come along, make friends, get moving and learn some fresh new skills." - Fling's Gabriela Green

The Summer School from January 16 and Indigenous Dance Workshops will allow students to explore movement and breakdown their own barriers through experimentation and engaging with other children, she said.

“The summer allows us to reach out to artists and alumni who are not with us all the time and invite people such as Ngioka Bunda-Heath,” Ms Green added.

Ms Bunda-Heath will be teaching a class that mixes Australian Indigenous song and dance about the land and its animals, intertwined with modern contemporary and ballet dance technique. 

She is Wakka Wakka, Ngugi from Queensland through her mother and Biripi from New South Wales through her father, and it will be her first time in the Bega Valley.

“She has done a lot of work with Bangarra Dance Theatre and combines traditional with contemporary and urban,” Ms Green said.

“Come along, make friends, get moving and learn some fresh new skills.”

The Summer School will see former Fling Physical Theatre members join with some new faces to the Bega valley.

“Fling alumni and former dancer of Chunky Move, Leif Helland, will be teaching a fun and energetic style involving movement with a modern edge,” Ms Green said.

Now living in the Cooma region, former Fling coach and Australian gymnastics representative Alison Czolij returns to the valley, and will be teaching a range of tumbling, partnering and trampoline skills.

“Her class is great for conditioning and developing body strength and agility,” Ms Green said.

Local creative enthusiast Peta Burchell will be teaching Improvisation skills, focusing on team work, listening and observing, creativity and spontaneity, providing students with the confidence to take risks and explore their playfulness through structured games.

SUMMER FUN: Participants in Fling Physical Theatre's 2015 Summer School are all smiles as they take a break for the camera. Picture: Albert McKnight

SUMMER FUN: Participants in Fling Physical Theatre's 2015 Summer School are all smiles as they take a break for the camera. Picture: Albert McKnight

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