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Dance

Lisa Maris McDonell

Dance practitioner including performance, choreography, dance education and dance therapy

Client focus: limited mobility; moderate intellectual disability; communication impaired; and mental illness.

Youth (13-17yrs), adults (18-65yrs)

Biography: As a dancer and choreographer, my aim is to help people express themselves through dance and movement. People with whom I have worked include adults with mental illness, youth with behavioural difficulties and women recovering from breast cancer. Commissions by Western and Southern Sydney Area Health Services for Mental Health Week led to performances in hospitals and other public spaces. I have tutored dance groups for the Richmond Fellowship of NSW, Koonawarra Community Centre, Boys Town and Accessible Arts / Sydney Dance, Accessible Dance Class. I have a degree in Dance from the WA Academy of the Performing Arts and a Certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy.

Region: Inner West, Eastern Suburbs, St George and Sutherland Shire, CBD, Wollongong, South Coast.

Contact: email marismaris@yahoo.com

group of dancers on stage men and women in red dresses and black suits

Margot Politis

Client focus: I have experience with people who have limited mobility; Moderate intellectual disability; Severe intellectual disability; Hearing impaired / Deaf; Communication impaired; Vision impaired; Brain injury; and Mental illness.

Youth (13-17yrs), adults (18-65yrs)

Region: CBD, Inner West, Eastern Suburbs.

Biography: I formerly worked with Adelaide’s Restless Dance Theatre – a company of performers with and without disability – for five years as a dancer, tutor, workshop facilitator and board member. In 2009 in the USA I studied with Axis Dance, a disability dance company and trained in Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms. I use the rhythms combined with drama and dance practices to provide an integrated workshop environment which is accessible, artistic, engaging and professional. I have a BA (Hons), Drama Performance and graduated as an actor from Flinders University Drama Centre. My work has attracted funding from the Australia Council for the Arts Dance Board, Arts SA and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.

Contact: email maevis91@hotmail.com

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