Bellacize

Bellacize to Rock the Roola Boola Festival

The Weekly Review Stonnington
Friday, June 27, 2014

Christine Sully, who has run the Toorak-based dance company Bellacize for 10 years, will bring hip hop dance classes to the festival for the very first time. Ms Sully has participated in Roola Boola for the last two years, running Bollywood and disco workshops. This year she thought she’d tap into what’s hot in 2014.

It’s all a big song and dance these school holidays at the Roola Boola Children’s Art Festival.

Encouraging kids to get offline and in line with their creativity, the program will run for the fifth time, delivering a program designed to suit children aged four to 12.

Stonnington Mayor Adrian Stubbs encouraged parents and children to participate in a variety of events at the festival.

“Roola Boola is a great way for kids to bring out their creative flair and let their imagination run wild in a supportive and friendly environment.

“Each activity has been chosen to cater to every person, while supporting and unearthing local creative talents.”

This year, Roola Boola has expanded its events program, hosting 30 artists who will run activities and workshops designed around music, theatre, dance, magic, puppetry, circus and comedy.

The activity aims to provide a platform for children to engage and connect with each other during the school holidays as it stimulates their imagination and creativity.

This year, the program also accommodates children who shy away from the spotlight, with workshops for publishing, animation and stencilling on offer.

Roola Boola will see the return of festival favourite Le Petit Circus, as well as acclaimed theatre director, Anthony Crowley.

Crowley has been on board since the festival’s beginning and this year will run a glee club for kids.

Other festival highlights include The Great Magic-Off performed by comic magic duo The Underlads, who recently performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Dreamer in Space puppet show, plus dance workshops.

Christine Sully, who has run the Toorak-based dance company Bellacize for 10 years, will bring hip hop dance classes to the festival for the very first time.

Ms Sully has participated in Roola Boola for the last two years, running Bollywood and disco workshops. This year she thought she’d tap into what’s hot in 2014.

“We found that hip hop is popular with kids at the moment, which might have stemmed from the TV show So You Think You Can Dance – it has had a big impact on these children,” Ms Sully said.

“Through our incursion programs, where we send teachers into schools to run dance workshops, we’ve found that hip hop is the genre these kids are really connecting with and loving. Songs by Chris Brown are usually a hit.”

Ms Sully is no stranger to the stars, having been asked by model Kate Moss to perform at her wedding in Bali a few years ago.

“Myself and another girl provided the entertainment for Moss’ international wedding, and were very proud when we were asked.”

Ms Sully said dance is a creative outlet for children that burns energy, works on their skill and co-ordination and is a great community activity.

“Our workshops are really social, where lots of mums hang around during the classes for a chat,” she said.

South-Yarra’s Polyglot Theatre are also inviting children to take part in their latest offering, Shadow Tricks.

Children can let their imaginations run free while they use overhead projectors with large sheets of paper and cloth to explore landscapes and colour, magical disappearances and funny actions.

Roola Boola Children’s Art Festival will run from July 1-4; 10am-3pm.

For more information on events visit www.roolaboola.com or call 8290 7000. 

– The Weekly Review Stonnington, 26 June 2014