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Dancing the Torres Strait winds to life: Kuki

Inspired by the natural environment, Torres Strait Islander choreographer Elma Kris created the dance 'About' as an expression of the effects that the winds (Gub) have on the land, sea and community. This clip shows the segment 'Kuki' (pronounced Cook-ee), which is inspired by the strong north-west winds that blow between ...

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Dancing The Torres Strait winds to Life: Zey

Torres Strait Islander choreographer Elma Kris created the dance 'About' as an expression of the effects of the winds (Gub) on the land, sea and community. The four seasons in the Torres Strait Islands relate directly to the type and direction of the winds. Kris has explored the effects of the Zey (pronounced Zay) - cool ...

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Dance in 3D: capturing the genius of Pina Bausch

Imagine - a dancer moving expressively in the midst of traffic. Choreographer Pina Bausch had a unique approach to dance. Her friend and film maker Wim Wenders speaks about Bausch's views on dance and the challenges he faced in trying to capture her work on film. After searching for 20 years he found the answer in the new ...

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Sports and performance: Fizzie dance

This is a resource featuring two activities that focus on the similarities between sport and dance. The activities combined include a video of artistic director David Pledger discussing the similarities between dance and sport, and two videos of dance teacher Katrina Rank choreographing 'fizzie' dance phrases. Also provided ...

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Are you coordinated?

In this short clip Dr Karl asks Adam Spencer to model walking backwards and forwards. Adam successfully imitates a model on a catwalk but when he's asked to balance on one foot he finds it isn't so easy. Watch the clip to discover why, and then challenge yourself.

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Dancing identity

What do ancient rhythms and the locking and popping of hip- hop dance have in common? Choreographer Shaun Parker was inspired by both ancient and contemporary dance forms when he created 'AM I', a dance piece that explores what it means to be human in the 21st century. Explore how six dancers, a large screen, live musicians ...

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Dancing with cacti

Can you imagine dancing with a cactus? Alexander Ekman, a young choreographer from Sweden, thought critics often told audiences how they should think and feel when they watch a dance. He felt people should be allowed to make up their own minds. Watch this clip to see how he has fun with this idea in a dance called 'Cacti' ...

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Emergence of a dance

Do you always know how something will turn out before you begin? In creating the dance work 'Emergence' for the Sydney Dance Company, choreographer Rafael Bonachela and designer Benjamin Cisterne didn't. From interesting images they collected and discussed, both the dance and the design emerged. Bonachela created movement ...

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A dancer's dancing day

What do dancers need to do to keep at the top of their game and be ready to respond to the demands of working on new choreography? Thomas Bradley, a Sydney Dance Company member, takes us through his daily routine as a full-time dancer during the making of the dance '2 One Another'. The choreographer working with Bradley ...

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Connecting sculpture to dance

The former artistic director of Chunky Move, choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, was inspired by the sculptures of Reuben Margolin to create the dance 'Connected'. These sculptures made him think about what happens when a dancer begins to dance on stage and the way they transform from a person to a body in space.

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Dancing life into traditional objects: 'Artefact'

'Weaving' is a segment from a longer dance piece called 'Artefact', a richly spiritual work about breathing life back into objects from ancient times. Choreographer Frances Rings is a descendant of the Kokatha people of South Australia. The 'Weaving' segment was inspired by the traditional knowledge and practices of the ...

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Kindred spirits: dancing our identity

Who are we and where do we belong? What and who decides our identity? People often ask these questions, and some may seek to discover the answers to them. In his dance piece entitled 'ID', choreographer Stephen Page explores what makes us similar, what makes us different and what gives us a sense of belonging. The clip ...

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Take a deep breath

Watch what happens inside the human body during physical activity. Look at diagrams of the human circulatory and respiratory systems. Explore the functions of major organs and tissues. Examine animations showing how a person breathes and how the heart pumps blood around the body. Predict the effects of walking or running ...

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Zou ba! Sports: favourite sports

Find out how to ask someone which sport they most like to play. This includes sports such as rollerblading, surfing and bike riding. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Zou ba! Calendars: activities

Explore how to ask someone what day they will be playing a sport or doing an activity. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Forbes Carlile discusses development of Australian sports science, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the leading sports scientist and swimming coach Forbes Carlile speaking about his work in sports science. Carlile says that he worked under the 'father of sports science in Australia', Professor Frank Cotton. His own interest in the field was as a physiologist, measuring physical changes ...

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Forbes Carlile talks about sports science as a career, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the Australian sports scientist and swimming coach Forbes Carlile (1921-), speaking about sports science as a career. Carlile states that being competent at sport is useful, but not absolutely essential, for someone to be a good sports scientist. He says all scientific discoveries lend ...

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Betty Cuthbert's running machine, 1962

This is a running machine used by Betty Cuthbert to train for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. A wide rubber treadmill belt runs over a series of metal rollers set in a rectangular metal frame. There are parallel metal tube handrails connected to the base of the frame.

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Yulunga: giriga

A duck ‘catching’ game was played by little boys and girls at Cape Bedford, Cooktown and the McIvor regions in north Queensland. This game was recorded by Walter Roth in the early 1900s. This is a role-play, running-and-chasing tag game suitable for younger children. The Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games resource was ...

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Learn the alphabet dance - item 1 of 2

This is a teaching and learning resource that outlines a process for using different movements to represent the letters of the alphabet, structure simple dance sequences and identify the cultural and social influences of dance movements. The resource includes a video featuring musician Gillian Howell and dancers creating ...