The streets of East Fremantle came alive on Halloween with a chilling flash mob performance by the all-abilities TouCan Dance troupe composed of locals dressed as zombies, witches, ghouls and other spooky characters.
Image caption: Three young dancers in spooky costumes.
For the past five years TouCan Dance has been coordinated by Disability Services Local Coordinator Geeta Carroll (with support from the Fremantle Local Coordination team), in collaboration with Fremantle dance teacher Jess Hall. As part of the community dance initiative, both Geeta and Jess choreograph Spooky Dance projects that are welcoming to everyone, including people with disability, and aim to encourage fun, fitness and community spirit.
The most recent Spooky Dance project involved a series of two classes per week for seven weeks, and ended with two public acts – one of which was the East Fremantle Halloween flash mob performance.
Image caption: The TouCan Dance troupe performs a Halloween dance.
Geeta said the idea for inclusive flash mobs came from Geeta and Jess’s realisation that flash mobs around the globe rarely include people with disability.
“The dances we perform are creative and bring joy to those who perform as well as cultivate joy for the public,” Geeta said.
“The classes and performances also develop confidence and pride, and sometimes healthy fear, for those who participate.
“We see such positive changes within the participants from the first rehearsal to the end of the performance. The connections developed during this time are what inclusive communities are all about.
“It’s a privilege to be supporting people with disability and the community in such a creative and empowering way."
Image caption: The TouCan Dance troupe poses for a group photo.
The Disability Services’ Local Coordination branch has funded the project in the past and this year it was supported through the generosity of the Stan Perron Trust and Mandurah Murray May Day Charity.
The TouCan Dance troupe performs every year at different locations and attract a large crowd with their creativity and energy.
You can view a montage of their East Fremantle performance below and follow TouCan Dance on their Facebook page for future events and updates.