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SCHOOL workshop

schools, universities, community

Workshops and Incursions for all ages!

I just wanted to thank you for the fabulous workshops!!!
I have had dance incursions before but yours was brilliant because as well as having amazing creative talents as performers you are effective teachers of your craft.

Kellie Brophy, Roleystone Community College, Western Australia

Suara Indonesia Dance has conducted thousands of workshops in hundreds of schools across Australia and around the world. Incursions and workshops are highly beneficial for cross curriculum subjects:

* ​LOTE - Indonesian Language or Asia Literacy in the classroom
* Music - body percussion/ensemble skills
* Drama - students learn about a form of traditional theater from West Sumatra
* Dance - the diversity of Indonesia is seen through the different dances throughout the show
* Geography - Indonesia, our closest neighbour
* History - we talk about close ties between Yolngu (East Arnhem Land) and Macassan traders before European settlement in Australia.

Choose between:

  • Performance Workshop *POPULAR*
  • Focus Workshop
  • Craft Workshop

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Have Suara Indonesia Dance come to your school and help enrich your students' educational experience. Your students will not only be thoroughly entertained by the performances but will learn about the diversity of cultures found within the Indonesian archipelago as well as the historical and narrative spirit of the dances. Indonesian language is also incorporated in the learning process of the workshops toCMS added image create a holistic learning experience.

The performers take participants on a spectacular and highly-engaging cultural journey.
Indonesia's diverse archipelago is explored; including dances from Sumatra, Bali and East & West Java.
These can include; Tari Melayu from Riau, Tari Bajidor Kahot from West Java, Tari Betawi from Jakarta,
Tari Kreasi Baru (new choreography dances) from Java and Tari Topeng (mask dance).
Teachers are encouraged to learn these dances with the students and incorporate them in class.

The sessions consist of 25mins performance of the various dances from around Indonesia, followed by 35mins interactive workshop, where all the students are involved, not only do they learn movements from the dances, but have the opportunity to shine through their own performance.
The interactive part consists of;

Ratoh Duek sitting body percussion dances from Aceh. These dances encompass intricate pattern making with your hands accompanied by traditional devotional songs. Rhythms are made through clapping, hitting the upper body, legs and voice. The movements are communal, fun and rhythmically satisfying. These dances have become popular in Jakarta and overseas. Individuals feel like they belong within a group and through shared action the group feels like a community, creating self-esteem and confidence. Teachers are encouraged to learn these dances with the students and incorporate them in class.

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Randai- a form of traditional theatre from West Sumatra using Galembong pants where a fusion of rhythm and sound is created by hitting the big pants, a particular favourite with all ages. Students will also take turns in wearing the galembong pants for Randai, creating rhythmic patterns together and learning basic pencak silat (martial arts) from West Sumatra.

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Suara Indonesia Dance promotes an all-inclusive culture by catering to all ages stemming from Pre-school right up to senior students. Movements are carefully selected for the target age group, performing one-off performance workshops (45mins - 1 hour) or all-day workshops (3 x 50mins sessions) with rotating groups culminating in a performance with the students at an end of the day assembly.*
*Conditions apply (total number of students/timetable)


Focus Workshops are for small size classes and/or elective Indonesian language/Drama/Music classes who would like to focus on the interactive segment more than a show. RANDAI and RATOH DUEK- Sitting Acehnese Body percussion is taught in more detail and the sessions can go for 60-80mins with a maximum of 40 students. We can also customise a workshop depending on your school needs.

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For smaller schools or repeat incursions mask making or Wayang puppet workshops are available where students learn and create their own mask or puppets, followed by learning the movements and thenCMS added image performing. *Schools are required to provide the paints/brushes/PVC glue/tissue paper. Suara will provide the blank white paper mache masks.

Suara are dedicated to preserving the beauty and diversity of Indonesian arts here in Australia.

Suara Indonesia Dance has conducted workshops
for professional and personal development in schools, universities and communities since 2001 throughout Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Palestine and Europe. Suara has effectively used dance as a medium for healing and self expression with school groups, refugees and disaster survivors. Communities and schools that have had Suara Indonesia Dance Group always anticipate their return, and students always remember the movements from the year before.


Sound System and AUX chord to plug in an iPad to play our music, access for performers to operate. Sessions can be held in a hall with gym/yoga mats for the students to sit on in a U-shape, performers perform in the middle. If there are no mats, then a carpet/carpeted area is suitable. Part of the workshop involves kneeling. A level/stage is needed if there are more than 150 students. Small change area/room near the stage for quick costume changes during performance.

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Schools we have visited:

Alstonville High School
Artarmon Public School
Ashcroft Public School
Bargo Public School
Bellingen High School
Blackwell Public School
Bowraville Public School
Bulli Public School
Burwood Girls High School
Byron Bay High School, Byron Bay
Caddies Creek Public School
Campsie Public School
Carlingford Public School
Casuarina Steiner School
Central Coast Grammar School, Gosford
Coal Point Public School, Newcastle
Claremont College, Sydney
Coffs Harbour Christian Community School Secondary
Coffs Harbour Christian Community School Primary
Coorabell school, Byron Bay
Dulwich Hill Public School
Epping West Public School
Eungai Public School
Ferncourt Public School, Marrickville
Fivedock Public School
Georges River Grammar School
Glenwood Public School
Greenway Public School
Hunter Valley Grammar School, Hunter Valley
International Grammar School, Sydney
John Colet School, Belrose
Kambala Girls, Rosebay
Katoomba High School
Linuwel Steiner School, Newcastle
Macarthur Anglican School
Marayong South Public School
Marrickville West Public School
Maquarie Fields Public School
Macksville High school
Mater Dei Catholic College, Wagga Wagga
McDonald College of Performing Arts School
Meriden Junior School, Strathfield
MLC, Burwood
Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney
Moriah College
Mullumbimby Steiner School
Newtown Public School
Newtown Performing Arts High School
Nicholson Street Public School, Balmain
North Ryde Public School
O'Connor Catholic College, Armidale
Parramatta High School
Pennant Hills High
Petersham Public School
Pittwater House Collage Manly
Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney
Richard Johnson Anglican School
Roseville Girls College
Sadlier Public School
Saint Anthony's Catholic School, Picton
Santa Sabina College Strathfield
Shortland Primary School Shortland Newcastle
St. Andrews Catherdral School, Town Hall, Sydney
St. Catherine's School, Waverly
St. Christopher's Catholic School
St Brigits, Lismore
St. Gregory's College
St. James Catholic School, Yamba
St. Joseph's Primary School, New Castle
St. Mary's Catholic School, Bowraville
St. Mary's Primary School, Armidale
St Mary's Catholic College Casino
St. Michael's Catholic Primary School
St. Paul's School, Goulburn
St. Peter's School, Goulburn
St. Peter's Public School
St. Peter's Primary school, Port Macquarie.
Scott's College, Bellevue Hill
Scotts Head Bi-lingual Public School
South Grafton Primary School
South Grafton High School
Stella Maris Catholic School
Stuarts Point Public School, Kempsey
Tallawood Community School
Tempe Public School
Thornliegh West Public School
Ulmarra Public School
Undercliff Public School
Wallacia Public School
Waniora Public School
Warnervale Public School
Werrington Public School
Wilkins Public School
Windsor Public School
Wingham High School
Woolaware High School
Woy Woy Public School
Queenwood School for Girls
Urunga PS
Ermington PS
Claremont College
Curran Public School
Georges River Grammar
International Grammar School
Inaburra School
Gosford East Public School
Cowra Public School
Cowra High School
Mulyan Public School
St Raphael's Catholic School

Athelstone Junior Primary School
Blakes Crossing Christian College
Greennock Primary School
Goolwa Primary School
Horizan Christian School
Kings Baptist Grammar School
Macclesfield Primary School
Morphett Vale Primary School
Para Vista Primary School
Reynella South School
Rostrevor Catholic School, Adelaide
Salisbury North Primary School
St. Aloysius College, Adelaide
St. John's Grammar School, Adelaide
St John's Grammar, Belair
St. Paul Lutheran School
Salisbury North Primary School
The Hills Montessori school, Aldgate
Trinity College North School
Westminters School
Whyalla Town Primary Schoo
Pilgram School
St Columba College
Woodville Primary School

Academy of Maria Immaculate School
Avila College
Bayside Christian College
Beechworth Public School, Wodonga
Benalla P-12
Bolwarra Primary School, Bolwarra
Casterton Primary School, Casterton
Clayton North Primary School
Coleraine Primary School, Coleraine
Essex Heights Primary School
Girton Grammar School, Bendigo
Heany Park Primary School
Highview College
Kiewa Valley Primary School
Kingsville Primary School
La Trobe University
Lilydale High School
Lloyd Street Primary School
Mac Robertson Girls High
Malvern Primary School
Maryborough Education Centre, Maryborough
Melton West Primary School
Melbourne High School
Merbein P-10 College, Merbein
Mount Pleasant Road Primary School
Mt Eliza Secondary College
Narrawong District Primary School, Narrawong
Newport Lakes Primary School
Newtown Primary School
Penbank Primary School
Portland North Primary School, Portland
Rosebud Secondary School

Rowellyn Park Primary School
Scotch College
South Bendigo East
St. Coleman's School, Mortlake
St. Thomas Primary School, Terang
Warragul North Primary School
Warrnambool East Primary School
Wodonga South Primary School
Wonga Park Primary School
Xavier Catholic Colleg
Loreto College Melb
Camberwell Grammar School
Cathedral Gammas School, Wangaratta
Yarrawonga P-12 School

Armadale Primary School
Beechboro Primary School
Broome North Primary School, Broome
Bunbury High School
Capel Primary School, Bunbury
Carey Park Primary School, Bunbury
Challis Primary School
Cooinda Primary School, Bunbury
Cowaramup Primary School
Curtin Primary School
Denmark Primary School
Duncraig Senior High School
East Waikiki Primary School
Golden Hill Steiner School, Denmark
Greenwood Primary School
Geographe Grammar School, Australind
Harvey Primary School
Hawker Park Primary School
Hammond Park Primary School
Inglewood Primary School
Iona Presentation Primary School
John Calvin School Bunbury
Kalamunda High School
Kerry St Community School
Kingsley Primary School
King's College
Lake Joondalup Baptist College
Maidens Park Primary School, Bunbury
Margaret River Independent School
Mother Theresa Catholic College
Mount Barker School, Mount Barker
Newton Moore High School, Bunbury
Northshore Christian Grammar
Peter Moyes Anglican School
Pinjarra Public School
Port Hedlands Primary School
Roleystone Community College
Roebuck Primary School, Broome
Scotch College
South Ballajura Primary School
South Bunbury Primary School
South Coogee Primary School
South Padbury Primary School
Spirit of Play school, Denmark
St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School
St John Paul II Catholic Primary School
St Mary's Anglican Girls' School
St Peter's Primary
St Stephan's Carramar
St Stephen's Duncraig
St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Margaret River
Waikiki Primary School
Warriapendi Primary School
Wanneroo Primary School
Westminister Primary School
Willetton Primary School
Wongan Hills
Woodbury Boston Primary School
Wyalkatchem District High School
Wilson Primary School
Bulsbrook Primary School
Avery Secondary School
Helena College
Attadale PS
Herne Hill PS
Butler PS
Guildford PS

Brown's Plains High School
Bribie Island State High School, Brisbane
School of Total Education (SOTE)
Saint Mary's Catholic College Kingaroy
Stella Maris Primary School
Kawungan PS, Hervey Bay
Lota State School
Yarrillee PS, Hervey Bay
Xavier Catholic College, Hervey Bay
St Catherines's Catholic School, Mackay
St Thomas More, Noosa
Mission Beach Primary School
Tully Primary School
Cardwell Primary School
El Arish Catholic School
Lower Tully PS
Feluga PS

Acton Preschool
Burgmann Anglican School Ford Campus P-2
Chapman Primary School, Canberra
Lyhnham High School
Miles Franklin Primary School
Mother Teresa School Harrison
Palmerston District Primary School Gungahalin
St Claire of Assisi, Canberra
St Michael's Primary School ACT
Telopea Park School
Garran Primary School
St Jude's Catholic School

Darwin Languages Centre
Darwin Middle School
Good Sheppard School
Ludmilla Primary School
MacKillop Catholic College
Murray Farm Public School
Nightcliff Primary School
Nulumbuoy Primary School
Nhulunbuy Christian College
Palmerston Senior College Special Education Unit
Rosebery Middle School
Wulagi Primary School
Yirrkala Community School, East Arnhem Land

Bicheno Primary School
Corpus Christian Primary School
Deloraine High School
Landsdowne Crescent Primary School, West Hobart
Lindisfarne North Public School
Sacred Heart College
Sandy Bay Infant School
Springfield Gardens Public School
Snug Public School, Snug
St Helen's District High
St John's Catholic School, Richmond
St Cuthbert's School
New Town Primary School
Campbell St Primary School

Bromley School, Christchurch
Conifer Grove School, Auckland
Dannevirke South School, Dannevirke
Fitzroy School, New Plymouth
Gleniti School, Christchurch
Gleniti School, Timaru
Henley School, Nelson
Kelburn Normal School, Wellington
Medbury Preparatory School, Christchurch
Paremata School, Wellington
Plateau School, Wellington
Sacred Heart School, Wellington
St. Andrews Intermediate School, Hamilton
St. Mary's School, Hastings
Sumner School, Christchurch
Victory School, Nelson
Waihi College, Waihi

Benefits of having Suara Indonesia Dance Group perform at your school/university/community:

*create an interest in Indonesia, its arts, language, cultures and people from a very early age (primary and high school) and create interest for further study at university.
*promote Indonesian culture and language through performing arts.
*create awareness of Indonesia and the diverse cultures within.
*strengthen Indonesia-Australia relations- building friendships between our two countries on a people-to-people level.

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