Guest blogger: Felicity Doolette
The Dot to Dot program provides participants with a strong foundation in understanding the arts sector, particularly in the area of disability, and how to work within it.
The diverse nature of the program allowed me to broaden my understanding of a community and sector I love working within. As a dancer in the Youth Ensemble at Restless Dance Theatre, it was very valuable for me to learn about the background of this community. As the program progressed, the many structures supporting companies like Restless became clearer. I realised that organisations like Community Arts Network and others are vital. The program also made me aware of the fantastic opportunities in the disability arts of Adelaide, as well as nationally and internationally.
We were lucky enough to hear and learn from many experienced arts practitioners and tutors. It was fantastic to learn directly from those who work in the arts community. The program’s environment allowed you to listen to speakers, take notes, ask questions, and do practical work. Over the course of the program, we were involved in the different workshops that Restless offers. It was useful to watch experienced tutors lead and facilitate these. A highlight of the program was attempting to lead a movement workshop aimed at a particular age group with fellow participants. The workshop, led by Kat Worth, felt like a safe environment to practice skills and to experiment with ideas in.
I have been able to apply the skills I gained from the Dot to Dot program to the way I interact with others at Restless in providing a supportive contribution to the group. The program also enhanced my understanding of the disability arts. These skills and understanding are widely applicable. It is a very useful tool to have under your belt.
[pullquote style=”border-left”]Felicity Doolette developed a great passion for dance and movement from an early age starting with classical ballet and moving on to contemporary dance. She has been a member of the Restless Youth Ensemble since 2011 and is currently appearing in Salt for the company at the Odeon Theatre in Norwood.[/pullquote]