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CONNECT: A dance event for boys

Ever had an idea that whispers in your ear? Gently at first but then starts to turn into a roar, so loud you can’t ignore? Tanya Carne, director of “CONNECT – A Dance Event for Boys”, knows the feeling all too well. As a result, in 2016, Carne was called to direct the very first event of its kind.

CONNECT. Photo courtesy of Tanya Carne.

CONNECT. Photo courtesy of Tanya Carne.

2017 sees the return of the unique day of inspiration. Designed to bring together male dance students, families, male dancers, dance teachers, dance studio owners and potential male students, the day is made up of three events.

#1. COMMUNICATE.

The first event discusses issues relevant to boys dance and is for dance teachers, educators and studio owners wishing to build boys programs or expand them.

#2. CONNECT.

The second event is for male students, their families, dance educators and professionals as participants or observers. Guest artists Stephen Tannos, James Barry and BJ Rorke will conduct a short collaborative workshop and share stories and answer questions from the audience.

CONNECT. Photo courtesy of Tanya Carne.

CONNECT. Photo courtesy of Tanya Carne.

#3. CELEBRATE.

The third event is a concert for everyone and will include male dance performances from all genres, soloists to group performances, to celebrate male dancers, ending in a fun freestyle finale.

Carne is a passionate advocate for normalising boys dance in Australia and believes in the power of creating a community to support them. “​CONNECT is not a competition, convention or promotional event, but rather a chance to connect with each other through talking, listening, supporting, inspiring and dancing,” she shares.

CONNECT. Photo courtesy of Tanya Carne.

CONNECT. Photo courtesy of Tanya Carne.

CONNECT will be held on Sunday, June 18, at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde, Sydney, with free onsite parking, a Coffee Club, restaurants and bars, and walking distance to West Ryde train station and Victoria Road buses. Tickets for the event are available through Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/PFLQ.

For more information, visit www.connectboysdance.com.au. To view a full interview with Tanya Carne, click here

By Jane Grech of Dance Informa.

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