Under Water Moves: Online Early Years Dance Workshops 17 Jul 2020

Join dance artist Monica Muñoz for a delightful underwater movement adventure in this online dance workshop for children aged 2-4 and their grown-ups.

Come with us on an imaginary journey under the sea. We will practice all our swimming moves and then dive deep beneath the big blue waves. There we will meet lots of incredible sea creatures. Look out for a wobbly octopus, snappy sharks, speedy clownfish and scuttling crabs. How do they move around in the water? Can we try that too? We will create our very own dancing waves in our homes and maybe even practice some surf moves too! In this workshop, we will use some everyday household objects to help us with our dance moves. This will help activate imaginations as little ones explore, discover and dance with the help of their grown-ups. You will need:

  • A sheet or blanket (if you have a blue one that is great, but any colour will do)
  • A pillow or cushion
  • A few soft or small toys (any favourite cuddly animal will do, but if you have some that really like the water such as fish, seals, penguins, dolphins, seagulls or even octopus then bring those ones along).

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, aunt, godparent or carer, join us with a 2 to 4 year old to explore moving underwater 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 that 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.