Unite in dance

Come together to dance as part of the annual 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence campaign.
Recognised globally each year, 16 Days of Activism runs from November 25 to December 10, beginning on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
This year, the Macedon Ranges Family Violence Network and Mount Alexander Family Violence Prevention Network are hosting events in Kyneton and Castlemaine to raise awareness.
One of the events, back by popular demand, will be the ‘Break The Chain of Violence’ dance.
In the lead up to the event, the networks are offering free zoom ‘Break The Chain’ dance classes to community members taught by the well-known Sas Cook of Movement Zone Studio in Castlemaine. No dance experience is necessary.
“Break The Chain is a powerful campaign and one that unites us through movement and music,” Sas said.
“I feel honoured to be leading the dance once again and I encourage the whole community to give it a go. Let’s stand together!”
Zoom classes are happening Tuesday October 27, 1.30-2.30pm, and Thursday October 29, 6-7pm. To register visit www.movementzonedance.com/latest-news.
Mount Alexander Shire’s Mondo Lounge Youth Space is also teaming up with Sas to have a COVID-safe face-to-face dance class on Friday October 30, 3.30-5pm.
Spaces are limited and bookings required. Contact Jodie Hearn 0429 421 214 or email youth@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.
Since 2012, the Break The Chain dance has been taught and performed around the world as part of a peaceful activism against gender-based violence.
The Break The Chain dance will be performed in Castlemaine on Friday November 27, as a prelude to the launch of a 16 Days art exhibition, and Sunday December 6 with a family violence vigil and other activities.
It will also be performed in Kyneton on Wednesday November 25 with a family violence vigil and other activities.
“2020 has been a challenging year for families. We recognise that many of our community have been at increased risk of gender-based violence during this time,” said MRFVN and MAFVPN coordinator Carolyn Neilson.
“Now more than ever people need to feel connected and uplifted.
“But of course the dances will be performed according to COVID-19 restrictions and we can translate the performances to an online platform if necessary.”
Support for women – Centre for Non Violence 1800 884 292 Safe Steps 1800 015 188
Support for children – Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Support for Men – Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491

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