Feel the Beat

Feel the Beat

Feel the Beat

1:30-2:30pm Fridays


Registration and enquiries, contact Deaf ACT at office@deafact.org.au.

Please wear clothing and light footwear, suitable for moving around the dance floor, and layers to remove as you warm up, and put back on at the end of class. Please bring your own bottle of water and face mask.

With funding from Deaf ACT, we are thrilled to announce the recommencement of dance classes for the deaf community. Led by dance artists Debora di Centa and Gretel Burgess, you will be taken on a dance journey developing your dance and rhythmic skills, your strength, flexibility and fitness. Additionally, you will meet some great new dancing friends and share many laughs!

All classes will be supported by a fully trained Auslan interpreter.

About the tutors

Debora di Centa
A Canberra based independent dance artist, teacher and choreologist, Debora grew up in Italy and started dancing at a young age. She has extensive training in ballet, jazz, contemporary dance and is an expert in Chronological Studies (Laban Movement Analysis). Debora graduated in dance studies from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Since then she has collaborated in various dance works, research and performances with many artists and dance specialists around Europe and the US. Debora teaches, performs, choreographs, and directs dance events, working for professionals and in community settings. Since 2016 Debora has lead the Canberra Contact Improvisation community and has been a team member of the Dance For Wellbeing program, based at Belconnen Arts Centre. She teaches at Dance Development Center Canberra and collaborates in various projects with independent artist Liz Lea (Australian Dance Awards Artist 2017), Canberra Dance Theatre and Praksis Canberra. Debora is currently working for Ausdance ACT as Project Officer. As an independent artist, she works through her label ISEMS PROJECTS. Her motto is “Dance for All!”

Gretel Burgess
With extensive experience in both the health and arts sectors, her qualifications include a Masters in Social Work, Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Media) and she has also completed a one-year training program in Theatre and Dance from Sekolalah Tinggi Seni (University) Padang Pajang, Indonesia. Gretel has toured and performed in Australia and overseas and has worked for numerous youth drama companies and dance theatres. She has taught many different cultural and community groups including asylum seekers on Christmas Island, the Multicultural Council for Refugees in Darwin, adults with stroke and acute brain injury, adults with complex needs and residents living in aged care facilities. She is currently a team member for the Dance for Wellbeing program in Canberra, and a dance teacher for the CDTeens, teenagers with additional needs, based at Canberra Dance Theatre. Gretel is a regular guest teacher for the GOLD company (over 55-year-old dancers at Canberra Dance Theatre) and is on the board of the organisation also. She was a facilitator for the Messengers Program for teenagers at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, was a student counsellor for Catholic Care in schools, and presently works at Radford College, Canberra. Gretel’s performances in 2018 included ‘A Stroke of Luck’ (renamed Diversion) for Dance on The Edge and for the opening of IDay performance night at Gorman House, and ‘Liability’ for Dance on the Edge, 2019. She is currently working on her latest dance instalment, ‘Coagulation’, and is planning to put the whole show together to perform this year and next.