e.motion21 uses the latest research and techniques to develop and teach dance and fitness programs. Our specialist dance teachers are trained to deliver a meaningful experience for all participants.
Specialised programs are offered in ten Victorian locations: Ballarat, Brunswick, Bendigo, Cranbourne, Geelong, Greensborough, Hoppers Crossing, Kew, Pascoe Vale and Rowville.
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Our Kinder program combines themes of dance and play. We help children to begin understanding the different emotions they can feel when they move to the beat.
Our Primary program explores basic dance practices. We always keep class fun by allowing children to use their imagination.
We explore classical, pop music and free dance to grow each student’s confidence and dance ability.
Our Teen program goes beyond teaching basic dance movements. We introduce a wider range of genres including classical, jazz and contemporary.
Participants will continue their dance technique, learning structured choreography to top 40 pop, hip-hop and some less expected music!
A dynamic group fitness program, combining aerobic movement, the rhythm of drums and circuit training to top 40 beats.
Contemporary & Create
Participants will be given the opportunity to explore and develop their own unique style through the creation of their own choreography.
Get down and get low to the coolest beats and choreography based on hip-hop culture.
Musical Theatre/ Theatre
A blended delivery of dance and acting, participants will learn choreography inspired by much loved musicals as well as develop their confidence and self expression, and hone their stage presence, through drama exercises.
Saturday Dance Club
Club members will groove into their Saturday night by learn exciting new moves and styles of dance, taught by e.motion21 and guest teachers. They then will then enjoy social activities, experiencing different art and cultural events with their friends – such as movies, dinner and shows! Each week there will be new dancing and activities, which will be co-designed by club members and led and supported by e.motion21 staff and volunteers.
Our tap program teaches rhythm, coordination and making music with your feet!
We are so excited to be offering a yoga class for the first time at e.motion21! Our instructors are qualified yogis and has been teaching yoga for several years.
For more information, download our Program Information Pack
People with Down syndrome possess a set of health, physiological, cognitive and social attributes which places limitations on their physical fitness and physical activity capacities.
Down Syndrome is associated with muscle weakness, decreased dynamic balance and low cardiovascular fitness.
Muscle performance is typically decreased by up to 50 per cent in people with Down syndrome. This can reduce exercise capacity and impede participation in physical activity, putting children and young adults with Down syndrome at a greater risk of health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and obesity.
It is vital that people with Down syndrome participate in exercise to maintain their quality of life and capacity. The e.motion21 dance and fitness program addresses this need.
At e.motion21 we have a moral and legal responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for children and young people and to protect them from all forms of abuse and neglect. We are steadfast in our resolve to honour this responsibility. e.motion21 Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct is found below.
e.motion21 promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children and young people.
How much does it cost?
e.motion21 is a fully registered and accredited NDIS Disability Service Provider. At present, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) sets the price of supports for all registered disability service providers. These prices are subject to revision and change every financial year. e.motion21 will upgrade its prices accordingly. Details of these prices can be found on the NDIS website or via Virtual Class Info
For all participants who are not accessing the NDIS for e.motion21 services, our class fees at e.motion21 are deliberately kept at a minimum to enable all children and young adults to have the opportunity to participate. All fees are invoiced at the beginning of each semester.
Fitness Classes – Beat Fit™ and Circuit Fit
Beat Fit™: is a fast-paced group fitness program that combines traditional aerobic moves, the rhythm of drums, energetic music, and moderate-vigorous physical activity such as squats and lunges. This class has been specifically developed to meet the learning strengths of young people with Down syndrome. The sessions are a whole heap of fun and are currently open to participants of 12 years and up!
RMIT University (2013) research outcomes demonstrated that e.motion21 dance classes are excellent for increasing social engagement for young people with Down syndrome and led to a 20% improvement in personal wellbeing for both adolescents and adults. The research also suggested that for our dancers to increase their fitness levels, a higher level of intensive activity was required. It was this research outcome that led us to develop our latest program specifically designed to improve fitness – Beat Fit™!!
This program is designed to follow the F.I.T.T guidelines:
- F = Frequency (3 sessions/week)
- I = Intensity (moderate)
- T = Time (at least 15 minutes/session of moderate activity)
- T = Type (aerobic)
If a participant follows the F.I.T.T guidelines then they should expect to see a notable increase in their physical fitness levels*. Beat Fit™ allows this to occur in a fun and supportive environment.
To participate in Beat Fit™ all participants require a ‘Fit Kit’. This kit comprises everything you need to do Beat Fit™ at home including fit ball, base, drumsticks and an instructional DVD to enable a further minimum of 2 x 15-minute sessions at home during the week. This can be purchased through e.motion21 for $45.
If you are ready to be involved and have fun while you get fit, enrollments are open now at Ballarat, Bendigo, Cranbourne, Geelong, Greensborough, Hopper Crossing, Kew, Pascoe Vale and Rowville. If your site or location is not listed here, please register your interest with us as we are always looking to see the benefits of Beat Fit™ in other locations!
There is a Beat Fit™ at home package which can be purchased for $45 for your ‘Fit Kit’ which gives you all the equipment you need to complete the Beat Fit™ at home sessions including: Ball, base, drum sticks and an instructional DVD.
If fees are a barrier to your child’s participation in the e.motion21 program please email us or speak to us confidentially on (03) 9854 7100.
What to wear
We run a professional dance program and expect all dancers to be appropriately groomed and attired for class each week. Not only is this comfortable for dancing but it also reinforces teamwork and the e.motion21 expectations of participants in the program.
Various t-shirt sizes are available to e.motion21 dancers, which can be purchased via our shop or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order. Dancewear is available at Bloch with a 20% discount off Bloch apparel and footwear all year-round, exclusively for e.motion21 dancers.
Our uniform includes:
- An e.motion21 t-shirt
- Black leggings/stretch pants (100% black)
- Black modesty skirt (optional for girls)
- Black jazz shoes or dance sneakers (kinder bare feet)
- Black socks
Style of dancing
We teach many styles of dance including jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary and Latin, across all age groups.
Style of teaching
e.motion21 prides itself on harnessing the strengths and adapting to the needs of the individual with Down syndrome to enhance their dance ability and success.
- Our classes use visual cues for our dancers to achieve success.
- Our classes are structured and routine, and new concepts are introduced slowly and carefully to accommodate all our dancers.
- Our classes are planned and tested according to the ability of different age groups.
- Our teachers and volunteers understand the potential of our dancers and work together to achieve success.
- Our teachers and volunteers understand that ‘resistance to do’ is not stubbornness, it is usually a lack of trust with the situation or inability to fully understand what is required.
- Our teachers and volunteers utilise visual prompts and allow appropriate learning time.
- Our teachers and volunteers understand that hypotonia doesn’t equal muscle strength.
What if my location is not listed?
e.motion21 has been contacted from people all around Australia who are asking when we can provide the specialised e.motion21 program in their local community. We plan to strategically respond to these requests by replicating our program and offering new sites to high need areas throughout Victoria and nationally.
We are currently running an online “Virutal” class program which is open to all of Australia. Please see the Virtual class schedule on the 2021 Class timetable page.
If there are no classes currently available in your area, we will be in contact when we have at least 12 participants who have registered interest in your area.
Preliminary 2014 research outcomes from RMIT University has shown that those individuals who engaged in the two at home sessions as well as the once a week group session demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in their physical fitness.
Those who engaged in only the group session, however, did not demonstrate this same level of improvement.