DirtyFeet: The Right Foot Project

DirtyFeet is a not-for-profit dance organisation in Sydney that supports early career dancers, choreographers and young people with and without disability.

The Right Foot Project 2013 was an integrated contemporary dance project connecting young people with and without disability to professional artists and to their community. The project was delivered in two parts – a creative workshop series followed by a creative development and presentation.

The workshop strand of the project delivered eight workshops over four weekends at Redfern Town Hall in September 2013. 18 people participated in the workshops, most of whom identified as people with disability. The workshops provided technical dance training and connections with professional artists. They also aimed to improve participants’ health, mobility and fitness and to provide a confidence-building creative outlet for participants. The workshops were delivered by professional dancers and arts practitioners, including one artist with disability.

The two-week creative development was delivered at Connect Studios in Parramatta, in partnership with FORM Dance Projects. The development provided employment and professional development for four artists with and without disability. By concentrating on a focused group, DirtyFeet was able to provide an individualised and concentrated creative experience for emerging artists.

“(The project) showed me how important and accessible proper dance education can be for people with disability… to see it in practice has empowered me to continue moving forward with my own creative ideas.” (Chanel Leaudais, workshop assistant and artist support worker.)

DirtyFeet is offering another series of The Right Foot workshops, in partnership with Bankstown Arts Centre, in September 2014.

Image credits: The Right Foot workshops 2013. Photos by Kate Disher-Quill.

2014 DirtyFeet: The Right Foot Project Participation www.dirtyfeet.com.au/the-right-foot