Dance for Health Practitioners
Hannah is the Artistic Director of Grace Dance Co, complementing her creative practice with a background in health. She is a graduating Psychology and Dance student of Deakin University. In 2017 she founded the Dance Ministry program at Bayside Church, Melbourne, of which Grace Dance emerges from. In 2019 she taught dance in the UK to children and university students, and studied Graham and Cunningham dance techniques, alongside Organisational Psychology at Roehampton University. It was in London that she began producing a documentary about mental health in the dance industry, known as Mind Dance. She is currently directing Grace Dance's debut work, Sincerely, Survivor - advocating for mental health through the performing and visual arts. Hannah is passionate about social justice and holistic wellbeing, and hopes to maintain her creative practice whilst pursuing post-graduate studies and research in Psychology and Dance Movement Therapy in the years to come.
Lauren has been dancing in Melbourne for sixteen years and is currently in her second year Occupational Therapy studies at Monash University. She is passionate about creating encouraging and accessible environments for people living with psychosocial and physical disabilities to achieve their personal and therapeutic goals and strongly believes in the physical, mental, spiritual and social benefits that dancing can have on a person’s individual rehabilitation journey. Lauren incorporates her love for working with others, and her innate desire to improve the quality of life for all through her various volunteering contributions, working with communities of Indigenous populations, the geriatric population, homeless youth and children on the autism spectrum. Lauren has recently begun work as a carer in the disability sector, and is interested in combining her love for dance with her practice in health.