Viewing entries tagged
GDANCE Academy

Today is International Women’s Day!

We have much to celebrate today, however we still have a way to go to achieve gender equality.

There are many barriers to gender equality.

·       Australian women are over-represented as part-time workers in low-paid industries and in insecure work and continue to be underrepresented in leadership roles in the private and public sectors.

·       A quarter of women were sexually harassed in the workplace between 2007 and 2012. The harasser was most likely to be a co-worker (52 per cent) and the most common forms of sexual harassment included sexually suggestive comments/jokes (55 per cent), intrusive questions about private life or appearance (50 per cent) and inappropriate staring or leering (31 per cent).

·       In 2014, one in two (49 per cent) mothers reported experiencing discrimination in the workplace at some point during pregnancy, parental leave or on return to work, and one in five (18 per cent) mothers indicated that they were made redundant, restructured, dismissed, or that their contract was not renewed because of their pregnancy, when they requested or took parental leave, or when they returned to work.

·       Mothers spend twice as many hours (8 hours and 33 minutes) each week looking after children under 15, compared to fathers (3 hours and 55 minutes). 

·       In 2009-2010, average superannuation payouts for women were just over half (57%) those of men. Average retirement payouts in 2009-10 were of the order of $198,000 for men and only $112,600 for women.  As a result, women are more likely to experience poverty in their retirement years and be far more reliant on the Age Pension.

·       One in three Australian women aged 15 years and over has experienced physical violence and nearly one in five has experienced sexual assault. It is estimated that violence against women and children will cost the Australian economy $15.6 billion per year by 2021-2022 unless decisive action is taken to prevent it.

·       More than smoking or obesity, domestic and family violence is the leading preventable cause of death, disability and illness in women aged 15 to 44 years.

·       Did you know Australian women have to work an extra 66 days a year to earn the same pay as men for doing the same work?

**Information from Australian Human Rights Commission.**

 However, worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. And we have much to celebrate today! I’m so proud of all the girls, teachers, mums, sisters, grandmothers and aunties at GDANCE! You are strong women and you empower your children by teaching them they can achieve their dreams. Thank you for helping us to achieve gender equality in our dance community.

So how do we want to celebrate International Women's Day 2016?

Everyone - men and women - can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.

What can you do to take action to put gender on the agenda this International Women's Day and beyond?

Make a Pledge For Parity

Visit this PAGE to make your pledge.

GDANCE Academy will always be a place where our girls are taught (and shown) that being a leader is a wonderful thing. That chasing your dreams is essential! That boys should feature just as prominently in the arts and we should be helping to encourage and support them. That we are not in competition with our friends and sisters, instead we should be helping them and cheering them on as they pursue their goals. We support our teachers through family planning and parenthood, working with them to help keep them in the workforce. 

Let’s celebrate women today and commit to striving for a future where there truly is gender equality for our children. Thank you for supporting GDANCE and our commitment.

Miss Jo xx




Michael Schwandt Workshops at GDANCE


I’m SUPER SUPER excited to announce that Michael Schwandt will be conducting two workshops at GDANCE on Tuesday 29th March!!!!

Workshops are for Contemporary and Hip Hop and are open to students aged 10 +. You will receive an email from me soon about this fantastic opportunity.

Take a look at Michael’s show reel - this guy has done it all.!reel/ce82

VERY FEW foreign choreographers have had as much of an impact on Australian dance and entertainment as ... MICHAEL SCHWANDT!

Over the last 10 years ... Michael has TAUGHT over 350 workshops in Australia alone!

He has MENTORED countless dancers and choreographers across the country, many of whom you’ve grown to love on So You Think You Can Dance, X Factor, The Voice & Australia’s Got Talent.

He has SPONSORED NINE Australian dancers for their work Visas in the US and been a constant proponent of Australian talent.

He has HIRED local Australian choreographers to be part of his international creative teams for TV specials in the US, Africa and India. Most recently, he hired 14 Australian dancers for the multi-million dollar US Arena tour, Circus Xtreme where dancers played to US celebrities and sold out crowds in some of the world largest arenas in 45 US cities.

Michael has also FOUGHT hard to bring Australian artists Timomatic, The Veronicas & Havana Brown to the US for their US network TV debut performances on international TV specials.

I'm so excited to invite Michael to be a guest at GDANCE and trust you will all snap up this amazing opportunity.

Until next time,

Miss Jo xx

Week 1, 2016 at GDANCE Academy Canberra!

Hello GDANCERS and welcome to our first ever blog entry! These blog posts will be short and sweet (so they won't take much of your precious time) but will keep you up to date with everything that is going on in the GDANCE studios!

Week 1 at GDANCE has been amazing to say the least. The bright smiles on all the faces has been infectious - students either excited to finally be at their very first ever ballet class or excited to be returning to their home away from home. 

I hope you enjoy this little video that captures just some of the joy that was abundant in week 1. 

Miss Jo xx