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Forest of Fun: Online Early Years Dance Workshops 7 Aug 2020

Join dance artist Monica Muñoz as we discover animals who live in the forest in this joyful online dance workshop for children aged 2-4 and their grown-ups.

Put on your wellies! We are going on a movement journey to discover who lives in the forest. It’s been raining there so it might be muddy! Let’s find some busy bugs, sleepy bears, flapping owls and sly foxes. Do they have arms and legs like us? How do they move around? Do they like to hide in the trees? Do they wriggle inside the flowers? Or do they even roll in the mud? We will jump, roll, squash, slide and spin. We will also find out how we can build a simple dance forest landscape using everyday materials in our homes. For this you will need:

  • A pair of wellies if you have them.
  • A few woolly jumpers of any kind (forest colours like brown and green are good but any colours you have will be fine).
  • Paper plates (5 or 6 would be perfect. Maybe you have some left over from a birthday party?)

If you don’t have any of these things, don’t worry - we can simply use our imaginations instead. This delightful interactive dance workshop invites little ones and their grown-ups to enjoy imagining and moving together. So if you’re a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunty, godparent or carer, join us with a 2 to 4 year old to enjoy the moves of the forest animals from your very own home.

Requirements for Participation

Important: A parent or adult in the family must actively engage in the workshop with their child and be present in the room throughout the workshop.

  • Computer/Tablet/Phone with internet access for Zoom – placed on a table at children’s eye level
  • A clear floor area of about 8 paces square – free of movable furniture and all other hard objects
  • The best floor surfaces are carpet, lino or wood
  • For safety reasons dancing on ceramic kitchen tiles or concrete is to be avoided.

Children and adults should wear:

  • Tracksuit, leggings & t-shirt
  • Bare feet or trainers as preferred
  • No jewellery

Online platform: The workshop will be delivered using the Zoom video call software. This will be a private Zoom session which will only be accessed by those booked into the workshop, the artist and The Ark's staff. The session will be recorded for the safety and security of all participants, however this recording will not be shared publicly and will be deleted within 30 days.

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About Monica Muñoz

Monica Muñoz is a dancer, performance-maker and educator originally from Barcelona and based in Dublin since 2014. She graduated at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen/Germany and completed an MA in Dance Education at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. As a dancer, she worked for over 20 years throughout Europe and across the globe. Recently, The Ark selected her to participate in an artists’ lab as part of the PUSH+ Creative Europe project for artists working with young audiences. Currently, she is undertaking a research period supported by the YPCE Bursary Award from the Arts Council about dance for and with children in the early years. She is The Ark’s John Coolahan Early Years Artist in Residence 2020/21.

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Part of The Beautiful Beasts @ Home

This summer, enjoy a range of delightful online events and experiences in visual art, drama and dance, inspired by The Ark's collection of loveable animal sculptures, The Beautiful Beasts. Find out more: The Beautiful Beasts @ Home.

The Beautiful Beasts @ Home is part of The Ark's 25th birthday season, sponsored by BDO.