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Disrupt Dance with Elena Lambrinos

Aug 4, 2021

Meet Elena Lambrinos, dance educator and dance researcher.

  • BA in Sociology and Gender Studies.
  • Masters in Cultural Studies exploring dance at the intersection of style, identity and belonging.
  • PhD in the Sociology of education exploring children’s dance classes.

Do you know what it feels like to want to be apart of something so bad, to want to learn and be amongst this thing you love, only to be let down at every turn. This was Lambrinos’ experience with dance class, and it wasn’t just a one time thing.

“I always wanted to dance and always loved dancing, singing & acting. I tried dance so many times as a kid. As a little 4 year old, again at 8,9 & 10 and again at 12 & 13. I tried so many places. I wanted to dance and I kept getting drawn back into it but I never really felt like I belonged. I never felt like it was something I could be successful at, or even felt that I was being acknowledged or valued.”

Now as Founder and Director of Dance Domain in Sydney’s Inner West and Disrupt Dance, Elena is on a mission to inspire dance educators to think about “Dance Done Different”.

At Dance Domain Elena offers inspiring and uplifting classes for students of all ages that boost confidence, promote diversity, and instil a lifelong love of learning. The studio played a large role in her PhD and led her to found Disrupt Dance delivering research-backed training for forward thinking dance educators.

This year’s Disrupt Dance Summit is all about amplifying voices that are disrupting the status quo and are making changes for the better expanding our notion of  ‘safe dance practice ‘.

Head to Disrupt Dance with Elena Lambrinos Article for more on the Disrupt Dance Summit.

DanceDomain.com.au offers online and in-person classes

DisruptDance.com Professional Development courses and the Disrupt Dance Summit info.

Keep up to date with the latest presenters and summit info via Facebook @disruptdance and Instagram @disruptdance




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