Jungle City’s mission to make space for Every Body, every day to move, create and connect goes beyond the Jungle, reaching out to diverse communities across Australia.
With our approach to dance as a holistic practice we offer school incursions, regional and rural community programs, and interactive workshops and performances for festivals and events across Australia. Our performances and workshops are a great way to address topics such as mental health and wellbeing, cultural understanding, social inclusion, and empowerment for diverse members of the community. Select from one of our service categories below to find out more.
Dance is a powerful way to engage communities in a variety of settings. Read on to see how we can create a workshop specifically tailored to address the needs of your community. Mental Health and well-being workshop Dance and movement are a great way to support people of all ages and abilities to Get physically active, and improve their mental health and wellbeing by participation in a group activity centred around inclusiveness and empowerment. As our team are also qualified youth and health care workers we utilize dance as a therapy, a physical activity, and a creative and social outlet in rehabilitation settings where at risk behaviour and substance abuse are prevalent. Dance is used as a preventative measure to engage communities who may be at risk of violence, crime, self-harm and substance abuse. Our preventative programs are focused on building self-worth and respect, social connection and inclusiveness, and accountability and discipline to support participants develop the skills needed to make more positive decisions about their lives. Corporate Team building workshopsJungle City dance workshops can be tailored to your work force as a means of team building, changing workplace systems to work toward achieving genuine diversity, addressing issues such as work place discrimination, bullying and improving team morale. Our Corporate team building workshops are tailored specific to your needs, but all utilize our ‘Edutainment’ approach and incorporate dance as a creative means to promote best, and inclusive practice. Cultural education, Diversity and inclusion Through the dance forms that we practice, including Jamaican Dancehall, Afro Dances and Hip Hop we educate about how these dance forms have been created through the pain and suffering of oppressive and unjust circumstances endured by people of Africa decent worldwide. We aim to instill the importance of acknowledgement, respect and compensation for those creators of culture, and break down stereotypes that as used to divide people and prevent unity from being achieved. These workshops can address issues of discrimination in the work place or in schools and work toward inclusiveness.Gender EmpowermentOur gender focused workshops and programs are aimed at empowering young people through dance to celebrate their unique individuality, while learning skills to improve their resilience, self-awareness and accountability through these important developmental years. Our empowerment workshops and programs can be adapted to work within specific themes, and topics such as: Positive body image; preventing violence against women, Preventing at risk behavior, Celebrating cultural diversity, Gender equality, and promoting community advocacy and leadership.
Our Jungle City dance team have been the highlight for many events and festivals in Melbourne for over 15 years such as Moomba, St Kilda Festival, Sydney Rd Festival, White Night, Seven Sisters festival and the Jamaican Food and Music festival to name a few. We have a reputation of ‘Creating the Vibe’ and can work magic on any dance floor to encourage crowd participation and inclusiveness between performers and audience members. See below how we can bring the vibe to your next event: Interactive Crowd participationOur interactive workshops can be presented on a stage or open space and includes an opening performance with 4 – 5 of our performing artists, followed by a crowd participatory dance workshop for all audiences of all abilities. This is a fun way to engage audience members and give them an embodied experience of your event.Roving Performers Our performing artists can be booked individually as roving performers to engage with audience members or as back up dancers for other main acts including DJ’s or vocal artists. Stage ShowThemed to suit your event our stage show with our full ensemble of 6 – 8 performers incorporate dance, live vocals, DJ’s and percussion to take audiences on an energetic journey experiencing the power of dance, music and culture.
Jungle City offers a variety of school incursions tailored to your schools demographic for special days of significance, or full term dance programs. Our team of highly skilled, culturally diverse dancers all have WWC, Police check and insurance with backgrounds in youth work, community development and dance. Book our full team or individual dancers for a one-off workshop, school event, or term dance program. The topics we can focus on in our programs are as follows: Celebrating and educating about days of significance We can create a performance focused showcase, interactive workshops, host your event or curate a full program of activities based around key themes and desired outcomes. Some examples of days of significance are ‘Harmony Day’ ‘International Dance Day’ ‘Are You OK Day’, ‘International Women’s day’ etc. Performing Arts Why not incorporate culturally diverse forms of dance, music and performance into your next school production. Jungle City can work with your creative team and be engaged to deliver a residency in your school to create a unique and creative production your school community will love. Health Promotion Utilise Dance and music to promote physical and mental health and wellbeing among your school community. Encourage physical activity and engagement in creative processes that are important for a health mind, body and spirit. Promote resilience and encourage healthy living and prevention as the best medicine.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
Our Cultural exchange programs aims to engage regional and rural communities. With dance and music as our common language our aim is to facilitate a process where communities are empowered through the sharing of stories, dances, and culture to find common ground where diverse people can work together toward creating positive social change and self-development for individual community members. Inspired by the African-American proverb ‘Each one teach one’, our aim is to share our knowledge of cultural dance forms created across the African diaspora to reinforce the value and power of oral histories and the importance of dance, music and culture in preserving knowledge, wisdom and empowering communities to thrive.Our focus can centre on many themes such as health promotion, mental-health and well-being, community engagement, at risk behaviour and suicide prevention, community leadership and advocacy, and work toward specific campaigns, days of significance, or as part of existing community festivals and events.
Our Jungle City team are available to perform or deliver interactive workshops as part of your next private function, such as your Hens party, Wedding, Birthday party, Anniversary and more. We can tailor our show to your theme and demographic as our dancers are extremely versatile in their dance ability and experience as performers.
Jungle City acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land where we work, we acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. Jungle City pledges commitment to ‘pay the rent’ to Aboriginal people in Victoria by contributing 2% of our monthly profits to Pay The Rent.
Jungle City acknowledges the creators of the dance forms we practice and pay my respect to them, their elders and their ancestors. Jungle City is committed to working toward unity in all our diversity through the power of dance, music and culture.