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Catalyst Dance Masterclass Series

Catalyst Dance Masterclass SeriesThe Accessible Arts Catalyst Dance Masterclass Series aims to provide skills development and training for dance practitioners, teachers, choreographers and dancers with and without disability currently working or interested in working in inclusive practices. 

The masterclass series consists of three progressive workshops, during which, participants experience professional development and training from some of Australia's leading choreographers.

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Workshop participants will: 

  • Experience professional development and training
  • Explore strategies and methods for devising work
  • Engage with some of Australia’s leading choreographers

As the series is designed as a progressive skills development process participants are encouraged to attend all three workshops to gain the most benefit.


Facilitated by three of Australia’s leading choreographers, Sue Healey, Dean Walsh and Philip Channells. Accessible Arts is hosting a series of three dance masterclasses tailored to dancers with and without physical or sensory disability, and people with mental illness or acquired brain injury. 


The workshop process focuses on choreographic devising methods and strategies for creating new contemporary dance theatre. Dancers will be involved in a collaborative process that involves improvisation, task-based exercises and individual creative choices unique to each participant and choreographer’s method and process.  


Dancer Matthew ShilcockWorkshops run 10am - 4pm each day with regular refreshment and lunch breaks.

Masterclass One – Saturday 31 August & Sunday 1 September

Led by Sue Healey

Masterclass Two – Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September

Led by Dean Walsh

Masterclass Three – Friday 13 & Saturday 14 September

Led by Philip Channells

Second Skin - Rehearsal - Sunday 15 September

10:00 – 4pm including dress and technical rehearsal with each choreographer

Second Skin – Public Showing - Sunday 15 September

The showing will be presented at 6:30-8pm 


Bangarra Dance Theatre location on Google MapsAll workshops and the performance will take place at:

Bangarra Studio/Theatre

Pier 4/15 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay NSW 2000 


Wheel Chair and low vision, blind access, Auslan available on requestThe Bangarra Studio/Theatre is an accessible venue. Wheel Chair, Auslan, Disability parking and drop offs on the Pier can be arranged. Bookings are essential for Auslan Interpretation.


The registration fee covers 7 days of dance training, skills development and the showing of Second Skin.

Early Bird Offer: $350 closes Friday 19 July 2013 
Full Registration: $400 closes Friday 16 August 2013

Payment plan of 2 installments is available upon request to 

Whilst it is preferred that participants attend the series in its entirety, an option is available to select individual workshops. All participants are encouraged to be involved in the showing performance on Sunday 15 September.

Individual Workshops: $150 per weekend closes Friday 16 August 2013

*Please note no refunds will be given for cancellations with less than 14 days notice.


Places are limited so booking is essential.

Eventbrite - Catalyst Dance Masterclass Series

Supported by

Catalyst Supporters; Australia Council, Aus Dance, ANZ Trustees, Bangarra Dance Theatre


 Walsh Bay Precinct






Further Information

Contact Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, Arts Development Officer

02 9251 6499 ext 110 (Thursday and Friday only) or