Movement and Art

MONDAYS 1.00 - 2.30PM

Term 1, Feb 4 — April 8 (10 weeks)
Term 2, April 29 — July 1 (10 weeks)
Term 3, July 22 — Sep 23 (10 weeks) Term 4, Oct 14 — Dec 9 (9 weeks)

Tutor: Emilia Rubio

Cost: $210 for 10 weeks

Enquiries & enrolments
Contact: Alex Mcpherson
P: 09 845 5361 

Māpura’s new programme of music, movement and visual art for people with disabilities.

An array of music is used to inspire dance-movement, rhythm and pulse. Participants are led through a movement based warm up. They are encouraged to listen, to breathe, and connect to their self - to immerse themselves in the music, and to respond. The music and dance-guidelines stimulate a kinaesthetic experience in the ‘dancers’ – they are encouraged to ‘imagine’ movement when not necessarily able to physically make that movement; to use their imagination and mind to extend their body beyond what they think is possible.

People in wheelchairs are accompanied and assisted by the arts facilitators and care-workers. Working in tandem the ‘dancer’ and care-worker involve themselves fully in the exploration of movement and rhythm, interacting with other participants. Tools such as long elastic bands and pieces of fabric are used for sensory stimulus – and to explore lines of connection between the dancers.  The group is encouraged to interact with one another, moving and playing together. 

The movement and rhythm releases great joy for participants. It promotes a sense of liberation and capacity for spatial expression; and generates a sense of newness, and freedom of expression. 

The dance- movement experience is then translated into visual imagery through innovative art making practices (paint, pastels, 3-D).


  • Increased health & wellbeing

  • Freedom of creative expression

  • Social confidence

  • Mental and physical stimulation

  • Participation in a fun, challenging, innovative and interactive programme

  • Experience of increased capabilities in physical expression and mobility for people who are in wheel chairs or living with physical impairment (as in stroke-affect).