Rory Warne

Rory Warne

I have always participated in gymnastics, which is where I gained a passion for using my body. It became the foundation for my movement. Most of my dance training has been in contemporary with ballet training with Lee for the past 2 years. At the age of 12 (2013), I joined the younger fLiNG group under the direction of Lee Pemberton. This was the beginning of my dance training and exploration in movement. In 2014, I joined the senior fLiNG company and performed ‘X the floor’ which was a fusion of dance and parkour aimed at encouraging more boys to move. This project inspired my passion for dance as a male and the possibility of a future in dance. In 2015 and 2016, we toured a show to the local schools and another to the ‘Regional Artlands festival’ in Dubbo, as well as performing in the ‘Four Winds Festival’ alongside an orchestra. These experiences allowed me to develop my own artistic self within dance and create a connection with other dance artists that otherwise wouldn’t be possible in the Bega valley, overcoming the social isolation within a small town.  Last year (2017), I participated in the ‘Australian Youth Dance Festival’, performing in ‘Emergence’ and I attended a week of work experience with Adam Wheeler. AYDF in accordance with Meet-up (essentially a meet up of youth dance companies I attended in 2016) were instrumental in crafting my passion for dance as it created an opportunity for connection with other dancers my age. This had a major impact for me as being a male dancer in a small town can be challenging; these connections inspired me to continue dancing despite any stigma, alleviated the small-town isolation and produced a new-found confidence within myself.My years of training are a culmination of these dance experiences which has created the foundation for my passion in dance and the understanding of dance as a universal form of communication and individuality.

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Major Partners and Sponsors

  • Australian National University
  • The Street Theatre
  • Molonglo Group
  • Mundango Charitable Trust
  • Canberra Grammar School
  • Coordinate Agency