How did The Right Foot come about?
2012 in consultation with leading disability arts organisations and
practitioners, the Right Foot program was created in response to a demand for
professional disability arts
a typical day at a Right Foot workshop look like?
Each week our
warm up is lead by a different artist. In Session One we play with
improvisation techniques, partnering, travelling sequences through the space,
we play with props and different tools. Session Two begins with a conceptual
talk creating the overall theme for our workshop series. We have a lot of fun
exploring this theme through all kinds of processes and activities. Each week
is different, we build new relationships, learn new skills and always leave
with huge smiles on our faces.
tell us a bit more about the DirtyFeet ethos?
we believe strongly in the positive impact dance has on people’s lives. It is a
creative way to improve health and fitness, encourage self-expression, build
confidence and form new connections. Our program is an important professional
pathway for aspiring young artists to gain experience and support to further
their creative career.
Participants Franny Aristides and Amy Mauvan
The Right Foot 2015
Participants Annabel Saies and Matthew Massaria
from Jason Lam and Kaboom Studios.
committed to extending its program in order to meet the demand and growing
interest for inclusive dance programming. In this way, we hope to build the engagement with local audiences. By creating opportunities for
audiences to experience dance through local presentations, Q&A sessions and
participation in workshops, our program continues to broaden the audience base for contemporary dance.
“We have disabilities, but it doesn’t matter:
we can all move and be together and no one cares about the differences.” -
Brianna Lowe, 2015 participant
prioritising access enriched the work of DirtyFeet?
DirtyFeet plays a vital role in supporting and
promoting the creation and practice of accessible dance for artists and
audiences. It provides access points for artists who identify with disability,
leading the way in accessible arts programming. Our commitment to this enriches
our work through the artists we work with, the audiences we connect with, the
relationships we form, the conversations we have and the dance we contribute to
advice would you give to other organisations wanting to improve the
accessibility of their programs and performances?
conversation. Reach out to organisations and individuals to guide you through
and provide the resources to improve accessibility. Be open to feedback and
keep asking questions. There are many simple steps and fundamental ways to
improve in this area. Support and encourage your artists to think about how to
integrate their practice. Make it a priority.
Read more about The Right Foot.