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Free ballet class with Angelina Ballerina*
Meet the instructors
Free tea and coffee
Sunday, 20 March 2016
3/56 Heffernan St, Mitchell
02 6154 6492
*Class times 10.00 am, 11.30 am and 1.00 pm
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Ancient dance shaking things up
Julia McDonald, Sandrea Llorens, Jeanette Stone, Renee O'Shanassy and Rachel Reid performed to raise
money for the expansion of the Dancing Goddesses.
It may be one of the world's oldest
styles of dance but a belly dance is
proving a powerful tool to empower
modern women all over the capital.
Canberra belly dancers launched
Dancing Goddesses in 2014 and hope
with a bit of fundraising to expand the
weekly free classes to a new location
The non-profit imitative, working in
Communities@Work, reaches out to
women living with disability, facing
crisis, trauma or the pressures of low
income and offers free lessons.
Dancing Goddesses' Priscilla Kan
John said the concept was that
mastering small moves would translate
to a greater sense of physical and
mental wellbeing for students.
Along with physical exercise the
classes also weave in a philosophy of
"We call them the goddess tools,"
Ms Kan John said. "We talk about
being grateful, desires that people
want for themselves and in their life,
and also the brag."
The brag was not about becoming a
dancing diva, but rather encouraging
women to acknowledge their own
"It's just something simple they are
proud of," she said. "Women often
don't take the time, they brush off
compliments and that comes from a
lack of confidence."
Jeanette Stone, an Obsidian belly
dance member, has taught the
Tuggeranong Dancing Goddesses
classes for the past 18 months.
Sessions can include groups with
emotional insecurities, mobility or
communication challenges but Ms
Stone said the fluid style worked well
While there is technique within
belly dance, the emphasis is not about
the aesthetic in these community
classes,'' she said.
With ballet or even contemporary
it's about shape and line but here we
focus on enjoying the dance form and
feeling that connection with your body
and the music.''
Renee O'Shanassy, also an
Obsidian belly dance troupe, will take
on the teaching role for the expansion.
She said Dancing Goddesses
appealed to people of all
circumstances as belly dance by nature
engendered a sense of community as
well as self-expression.
I think what it is about dance that
is so special, especially belly dance, is
it is about women getting together and
celebrating - that's its roots,'' she said.
That's infused in the movement. It's
not about what you look like, it just
gives people that I can do that' buzz.''
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Ah, bread. You've been much-
maligned of late.
When someone's starting a low-carb
diet, you're always the first thing
dropped off the menu. Bread is treated
like a boring old staple so often that
some restaurants will just put it in front
of you while you order your real food.
But there's another side to bread,
and it's actually pretty remarkable.
Last weekend I had the chance to
present a number of awards at the 2016
ActewAGL Royal Canberra Bread
Show. Deion Mottram was awarded
the Champion Ribbon and Trophy for
Champion Loaf of the Show.
Following the presentations, a father
of one of the contestants took me
aside. He was brimming with pride as
he explained to me that for his son, the
decision to take on an apprenticeship
in baking had been life changing.
Like so many other teenagers his
son had found himself a little lost but
the apprenticeship provided him
with a purpose.
I am a huge fan of vocational
education. I understand that university
isn't for everyone. Apprenticeships
combine the excitement of on-the-job
experience, with ongoing training and
education. And they ensure that we
have the skills and trades that are the
backbone of our economy.
I have seen vocational education
transform so many young lives. That
transformative power was there on
show last weekend, in the simple form
of flour, water, salt and yeast. And it
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