One of the most memorable and successful events of the year was Encore on Stage 2017, which was held on 19th February 2017. Participants of our Encore, Viva and Harmonies programs entertained an audience of around 400 community members. They perform a variety of dance routines to popular and contemporary music and their talents and abilities continue to impress the audience.
Jin Im, Diane, Amie, Toby, Julie and Mark each week encourage participants in the various programs to participate and reach their full potential in a supportive and friendly environment. Participants listen to various songs, learn dance steps and then put it all together for our annual concert.
Sarah, a volunteer, plays an important role in the Encore program. Sarah has formed a Signing Choir and teaches interested participants to sign in Sign Language to popular music. Each year Sarah leads the signing choir at our annual concert. The participants continue to amaze us with their ability to learn and express their talents and abilities in a variety of ways.
Our Encore, Viva and Line Dancing programs are so much more than just social and recreational programs. These programs aim to inspire people with disability, encourage their movement and creative talents and enhance personal fitness in a supportive and fun environment. It is also a place where friendships are formed, where skills are learnt and developed, where self-esteem and independence is encouraged.
Thank you to all our volunteers backstage who make this annual event such a wonderful success. Special thanks also to Kath, who volunteers every Wednesday evening, for her commitment and continued support of the Encore program.