Wala Connections: Movement and dance
Wala Connections exists to deepen all people’s connection to Country and culture, inspiring self-expression and healing through movement and dance.
About the practice
Led by Aboriginal facilitators, Wala Movement sessions draw on the ancient therapeutic uses of dance and song that are in our DNA as First Nations people. To further inform this practice we incorporate the teachings of Dance Movement Therapy, the relational and therapeutic use of dance and movement to further the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and cultural alignment of a person.
What can attendees expect?
Attendees can expect to participate in some grounding exercises and move their bodies to the best of their abilities, sitting or standing, in a safe and engaging way. Attendees are encouraged to find some space in a safe environment with limited distractions.
No specific cultural dances will be taught in this session as it is available to all genders, ages, cultures and experiences with movements and practices designed for all people.
About the teacher
Thara is a proud Koorie woman with maternal connections to Yorta Yorta and European/Maltese heritage. Thara started Wala Connections in 2019 and is the Education and Advocacy Manager for Aboriginal-led non-for-profit, Culture is Life. Thara is passionate about culture, community, young people and performing arts and has experience dancing professionally, teaching in secondary schools and managing Indigenous youth programs.
“I am inspired by dance and education’s ability to unite, heal, empower and keep stories and culture alive.”