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Renata's Story

An International dancer in a local setting

At Move and Groove, we provide dance and movement experiences exploring the freedom, fluidity and fun that dance can bring. Easily guiding movement and having some fun grooving to some great tunes, We help to free the mind, extend the body and help you to reconnect to your inner dancer.

 

Our classes and workshops are engaging, effective, and designed for a range of targeted groups who are looking for the perfect form of exercise. Come move with us to explore a new world of motion and emotion and get to know yourself in a whole new way.

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Photo Credit: Rolling Media Productions

A Life in Dance

Move and Groove in the Community

Using sensation, play, full-body meditation, mental imagery and creativity, Renata and her collaborative facilitators create inclusive and accessible classes and experiences for the community that are perfect for anyone from absolute beginners who want to get moving, to those wanting to dance for a reason.

For me, the most important thing about dance is that it's a gateway to our most authentic self that requires no words, no justification and which offers direct access to experience greater personal joy. Movement is a language where we can speak the unspeakable and share the unshareable, freeing ourselves in the process. I teach for the joy and love of dance and believe that everyone CAN dance. It's an art form that stimulates both body and brain and is a wonderful, judgement-free way to feel physically great and keep mentally healthy.

An International Life

10 years of professional performing experience

An experienced professional soloist at dance companies in Montreal, Leipzig, Lyon, Nice and Madrid, Renata returned to Australia in 2018. Graduating from The McDonald College in the Inner West, she gained her Bachelor of Dance from Heinz Bosl Stiftung, a Classical Ballet school in Germany before diversifying to a more contemporary dance style during her many residencies as a lead dancer, soloist and choreographer in North America, Europe and Australia.

 

Focussing on the relationships between the emotions of individuals and the restrictions or freedoms of their surroundings, she has worked with companies of international, multi-cultural and multi-lingual dancers to produce high profile works of critical acclaim. Working to interpret established pieces for a modern audience and to drive innovation in movement and expression for unique contemporary pieces, she constantly asks her body to adapt and become flexible to new routines and expectations.

Since her return to the Inner West, Renata has committed to studying for her Bachelor of Social Work at Western Sydney University. Her increased focus on social issues has led to the development of dance therapies for Parkinson's Disease and work with The Right Foot program by DirtyFeet for people with and without disabilities. Having led classes at every level of dance and having a strong understanding of mind and body, the development of Move & Groove has become the logical progression of her international career as her interests become more entwined with community development and social inclusion.

As well as working with numerous choreographers in her career, Renata has also studied various contemporary dance techniques over her career, including Gaga technique, Countertechnique, Martha Graham and Cunningham. These diverse styles have helped her form her own unique style to teach and move in an effortless way. 

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Collaborators

Natasha Cesco

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Photo Credit: Rolling Media Productions

Natasha's Story

Finding Community Dance

Natasha started dancing at a young age in her home little town in Northern Italy. It was a traditional approach to learning ballet technique, contemporary and modern dance with a performance focus that led her to take part in creative projects and productions across Italy and Europe.

 

'It was during my time living in the UK that I found my most profound truth about dance that I keep pursuing with utmost love and fulfillment ever since. During my movement studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music, I came across the wonderful world of Community dance as a way to bring the joy of this art form inclusively across different worlds with no boundaries! In London, I specialized in Choreolgical Studies and dance teaching with a focus on contemporary and creative dance for people of all ages and ability.'

 

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Moving boundlessly through life.

Choreological Studies is a discipline based on Rudolf Laban’s principals and practice of movement analysis. It develops movement awareness through a practical approach and understanding of the human body, natural laws and the structure of movement. This practical analysis acknowledges how we as human beings organically function and connect with our surroundings. 

 

Thanks to its grounded movement principles and use of a specific vocabulary, Choreological Studies is a foundational discipline that can be adapted to a variety of learning environments, such as community engagement activities, educational projects and within the performing arts industry. It applies to human movement, creativity, expression, intuition and imagination through our perception of the surrounding world as the innate ability and the unique factor that leads to life and art appreciation on a sensorial level. 

 

Since the last 15 years, Natasha has been having the invaluable opportunity to engage with dancers from all walks of life, from primary schools to creative establishments and health organizations within various community settings. This collaboration with Move and Groove is another gift of life as Natasha continues to deepen knowledge while applying her movement practice in a multidisciplinary way offering dancers to develop a sense of belonging to their group while working collectively and creatively using their movements and intuition unleashing a holistic sense of wellbeing and togetherness.

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