Can anyone join Sprung!!? First Sunday Sprung!! “Open Doors” workshops are open to persons with or without disability who have an interest in dance and the ability to engage. Talk to us about individual support requirements. Major projects are open to more experienced dancers by submission of Expression of Interest and involve a higher level of commitment to private and group rehearsals.
Can I try first? It is a good idea to attend a First Sunday Sprung!! workshop or one of our Showings so you can meet us and get a feel for our work. Sprung!! is an ensemble and uses collaborative process to explore ideas and to make interesting work that comes from within.
Is there help with transport? We understand that transport can be difficult for persons with disability and make every effort to connect persons to transport options from their region, which are usually available for a small contribution.
I can’t afford the workshops. Is there support available? The move to self-managed plans means that more disability support organisations are receptive to individual preference. If disability support funding is unavailable we can discuss other creative funding options including support-a-dancer crowd funding and philanthropic scholarships for committed company members.
Do you have a risk management policy and disability action plan? We develop individualised risk management plans for all new dancers during the registration period. A first aid licensed person is present at all Sprung!! workshops. A representative for persons with disability attends Board Meetings, and we actively seek persons with disability to fill roles in the organisation.
Are Sprung!! dancers with disability paid for performing? As an ensemble, we value all dancers input, regardless of whether they have a disability or not. Our senior dancers with disability are regularly paid for their contributions to workshops and performances.
Do you incorporate sign language into the dance workshops? Formal signing? No- except when we have deaf dancers or are translating for a large audience. However, Sprung!! is currently using physical gestures on an experimental basis during workshops, as well as verbal instruction. Perhaps dance was the first language of humans! Many dancers, with or without disability, find that they can communicate certain things better through movement than through words. Just as music conductors use their eyes and hands to unite and guide an orchestra, Sprung!! choreographers fund that physical gestures (bigger, smaller, calm, jerky, up, down, explode!) can sometimes be more clearly followed and understood by physical performers.