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BusyFeet is a dance and movement activity for children with intellectual and physical disabilities, aged 6 to 16 years. The participants experience happiness, and develop more self confidence, through the movement of dance.

Melton's Busy Feet program, which uses dance and music to help children with special needs increase mobility and coordination, shown is Hayden 8 and Cayla 9 Picture: Mark Wilson
Melton’s Busy Feet program, which uses dance and music to help children with special needs increase mobility and coordination,
shown is Hayden 8 and Cayla 9
Picture: Mark Wilson

The dance group meets weekly, 4:30 to 5:30pm during the school terms at the Hawthorn Town Hall. BusyFeet caters for disabilities ranging from various degrees of autism, Down Syndrome, profoundly deaf and cerebral palsy. The extreme differences in abilities and concentration levels pose particular challenges for the teachers and the volunteers. As confidence from both sides continues to grow, these difficulties are progressively overcome. BusyFeet programs run in Stonnington, Bayside and Melton, as well as at Boroondara.

The BusyFeet Boroondara program is a joint undertaking of the Rotary Club of Canterbury and the Rotary Club of Camberwell. BusyFeet became a Rotary District 9800 Endorsed program in 2015.

If you want to contact us about BusyFeet Boroondara, please email busyfeet@nullcanterburyrotary.org.

Volunteers Needed for BusyFeet Boroondara

The BusyFeet Boroondara program will recommence on Wednesday 1st February 2017. At this stage, since the 2016 program, we have lost one child (OS) and gained two.  A volunteer is assigned to assist each dancer for a school term because a child cannot turn up to find a different volunteer each week. This one on one continuity is very important.

We need volunteers to help with:

  • One on one dancing with children (no prior experience required)
  • Teaching dance steps
  • Language / communication e.g. Auslan, LOTE
  • Tea, coffee, clean up
  • Administration
  • Newsletter
  • Costume making

Note: All volunteers must have a current Working With Children card. Application forms for WWC card are obtained from Australia Post or Department of Justice at   http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/. There is no cost involved.

Look at the Volunteering Opportunities page for more information about BusyFeet and other volunteering activities.

Background

The BusyFeet program is based on the NSW run program, Danceability Australia.

 

Contact

We operate only during school terms on a Wednesday afternoon from 4:30pm. Term 1 for 2017 starts on Wednesday 1st February 2017. The preferred age range is children from 6 to 16 years. The program is free. To find out more about the BusyFeet Boroondara program:-

Email: busyfeet@nullcanterburyrotary.org

Jenni Nankervis from Canterbury Rotary is the BusyFeet Program Leader and Josie Tramote from Camberwell Rotary is the Deputy Program Leader.

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