STREET DANCE: HISTORIES AND FUTURES IN BRISBANE AND BEYOND

ARTIST TALK // Facilitated by Meg Cooper, with Leah Clark, Wanida Serce, Clarence Kent, Amy Zhang and Anti Fischer.

What lies ahead for street dance? Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear street dance leaders and emerging dancers talk about the challenges and successes of the dance community in Brisbane. From the opportunities and obstacles when entering, to surviving and thriving in the creative industries.

 

 

DATES

6pm, Sat 8 May

VENUE

The Studios
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

60 mins

THE PANEL

Leah Tilney aka B-girl Flix
Leah Tilney is a multi-national champion b-girl with an impressive 20-year dance career, representing Australia twice in the World Finals in France & Germany. She is the owner of Elements Collective dance company and EC Venue and has toured the globe with a number of Australia’s highest profile dance & theatre companies including Stalker Theatre Company and more.

Wanida Serce
Wanida is a street dance choreographer, performance artist and founder of Pink Matter, a small independent all-women dance collective.  She is passionate about diversifying the dance sector and breaking down barriers for dancers from different backgrounds. In her work, she mentors a group of culturally diverse women from different dance backgrounds through free weekly training sessions, paid performance opportunities, industry workshops and a close support system. Pink Matter also organize a number of community and public dance events such as ‘safe space’ workshops for women, all-women battles and industry nights showcasing up and coming and established choreographers/dancers, all street dance focused. Her style consists of Mid and New skool Hip Hop, Waacking and influences of House and Dancehall foundations. Wanida has trained under local foundation teachers in Brisbane and overseas in LA, Tokyo and Osaka to perfect these styles.

Clarence Kent
Clarence has been teaching Hip Hop since 2013. He started teaching at Elements Collective and soon after, Prince Academy and Mad Dance House in Brisbane. From 2015 and onwards, Clarence has been teaching at many different schools including primary/high schools and dance studios.  His dance teaching has taken him to many other places both in Australia and overseas:  Sydney, Melbourne and several studios in the U.S.A. including Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Florida. He has also been entering dance battles since 2012 all around the world, some countries to list off are: USA, France, England, Germany, Singapore, Maca, and the Netherlands. He made a name for himself around the world from these battles, and have won a handful of them. He has judged many battles in the past 4 years in some of the countries he has listed above. He now organizes and conducts many hip-hop dance events in Brisbane, most of which are in the format of Battles and/or Jam sessions.

Amy Zhang
Amy Zhang is a dancer, choreographer and movement director who specialises in street dance. Having completely immersed myself in the global street dance scene, Amy has worked, taught, choreographed and performed, both nationally and internationally. Amy’s practice explores the intersections of cultural nuance and storytelling through experimenting with street-style foundations and contemporary frameworks. Amy has created works, performed and undertaken residencies with The Hayes Theatre, Critical Path, Diversity Arts, The Joan, Belvoir St Theatre, Brisbane Festival, Metro Arts and Vitalstatistix. Amy is also currently a resident of the City of Sydney’s Live/Work residency.

Anti Fischer B
Anti Fischer is a Hip Hop dancer, teacher and choreographer based in Brisbane, Australia.  She has taught around the world at renowned studios such as Millennium Dance Complex (L.A + Toronto), Movement Lifestyle (L.A), Dance Works (Japan), The Village (Sydney), Underground Dance Centre (Toronto) and more! In 2010 Anti was one of 14 cast members selected across America to be in the Monsters of Hip Hop show in Los Angeles. Most recently Anti taught at The Australian Dance Festival in Sydney (2016) and toured with Dream Dance Company for the Secret Society Show Choreographed by Candace Brown and directed by Marko Panzic (2016,17) Some of her other career highlights include assisting world-renowned choreographers: Tony Tzar, Kevin Maher and Nick Demoura. Anti is incredibly passionate about dance and loves to inspire and share her craft!

 

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