Experienced Dancers

Are you an experienced dancer who enjoys sharing your love of dance?

WHAT IS THE STUDY ABOUT?

  • Dance has the potential to benefit physical and psychological health.
  • Many children with ASD want to dance, but sometimes it can be challenging for families to find inclusive programs in the community.
  • The AllPlay Dance team is running a new program to explore whether children with ASD experience any benefits from participating in dance.
  • We will look at whether dance can improve social functioning, thinking skills, emotional and behavioural wellbeing, and/or movement abilities.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

  • We are seeking experienced dancers to act as buddies to help support our young dancers with ASD as they complete the dance program.
  • If you are over 14 years old, have completed (or are currently completing) intensive dance training, and interested in pursuing a career as a dancer or dance teacher, you may be eligible to participate!

WHAT DOES PARTICIPATION INVOLVE?

  • The dance program will consist of 8 x 1-hour dance sessions, a rehearsal session, and short performance. These sessions will run on a Sunday morning at Deakin University Dance Studios in Burwood, Victoria during Term 3 and Term 4 2019.
  • We will be running two groups during Term 3 and two groups during Term 4. Buddies can choose whether to support one or both groups of children in Term 3 and/or Term 4.
  • The program will have a classical/contemporary focus and be run by dance and disability experts.
  • We will also ask you to complete a short online survey before and after the dance program.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To register your interest in the study, please click the button below:

Register Now

You can also download a copy of our Plain Language Statement, which contains detailed information about the study here: Ages 14-17 and Ages 18+

For any other queries, email: apdancebenefits@deakin.edu.au or call: 9244 5712.
This study has received Deakin University ethics approval (reference number: 2019-061).