20 episodes

Welcome to the We are 6th Position podcast! 6th Position is Canberra's leading dance studio for adults aged 16+. Since opening in 2017, we have provided a safe and nurturing environment that welcomes everyBODY to dance. For our adults who are new to dance, 6th Position has provided them with an opportunity they thought had passed them by. For those continuing to dance, our studio has provided a space where they can continue their dance journey on their own terms. And for our adults returning to dance, 6th Position has provided a second chance at a relationship that was never really over. We are 6th Position tells the extraordinary stories of the ordinary adults who make up the 6th Position community.

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Welcome to the We are 6th Position podcast! 6th Position is Canberra's leading dance studio for adults aged 16+. Since opening in 2017, we have provided a safe and nurturing environment that welcomes everyBODY to dance. For our adults who are new to dance, 6th Position has provided them with an opportunity they thought had passed them by. For those continuing to dance, our studio has provided a space where they can continue their dance journey on their own terms. And for our adults returning to dance, 6th Position has provided a second chance at a relationship that was never really over. We are 6th Position tells the extraordinary stories of the ordinary adults who make up the 6th Position community.

    Angela

    Angela

    If we could pick two words to describe Angela? Pocket Rocket.  For episode 20 of We are 6th Position, we sit down with Angela, a talented triple threat whom we are lucky enough to have on the 6P teaching team.


    Angela joined the team and our community, as our very first tap teacher, at the ripe age of 19.  From that first class of four people (in a church hall, above an Indian eatery on Northbourne Avenue), she single-handedly grew the tap community at 6P - its a testament to her teaching that some of those first tappers continue to tap with us, today.  Along the way, Angela has broadened her dance and performance experience through performing in a number of local musical theatre productions, and competing in Channel 7's Dance Boss - all while maintaining a successful career in the Australia Public Service!  Click play or download to hear Angela's story.


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    • 42 min
    Jenny

    Jenny

    Start dance as a child. Stop dancing when you become an adult / complete high school. The reasons for stopping dance upon becoming an adult tend to vary, but its an all-too-common story (Sally from episode seven is a prime example).


    For Jenny, the appeal of 6th Position was our adult-exclusive environment. She found a dance home that was just for adults, shared by other like-minded adults. And despite her long history with dance, she is still learning more about herself through dance - its a continuous learning journey and one she hopes to incorporate into her budding teaching career. Click play or download to hear Jenny's story.


    Love our community's stories? We are 6th Position is available on?Apple?and?Google Podcasts. You can help others find us by clicking subscribe, and giving us a rating and review.

    • 24 min
    Belinda

    Belinda

    Last episode, we chatted to Mariette about beginning dance as a middle-aged adult. Today, on the other side of the spectrum, we talk to Belinda about being a life long dancer. As a new member of the 5-0 club, she has no plans to stop dancing any time soon!


    Alongside her life-long love of ballet, Belinda also tells us about other adventures life has thrown her way: starting a small business, moving house(s) and soccer. In short, she shows us you can have your cake and eat it, too; mixing the relentless pace of normal life and an all-consuming passion for dance is very much possible. Click play or download to hear Belinda's story.


    And while we've got your attention... Have you heard Aimee Whittaker from Phly Crew is visiting 6th Position to teach two jazz masterclasses on Sunday, 2 February?!  Read all about it, and then head to our online timetable to sign up!


     


    Love our community's stories? We are 6th Position is available on Apple and Google Podcasts. Click subscribe, and give us a rating and review.


     


     


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    • 51 min
    Mariette

    Mariette

    Welcome to 2020 and and a new season of We are 6th Position! And a special welcome to those who are turning in for the first time; when you're finished with this episode, there are 16 episodes from season one for your binge-listening pleasure (also available on Apple and Google Podcasts).


    We are kicking off this new podcast year with Mariette, a true blue 6P original gansta. And when we say OG, we mean OG; Mariette was there at our very first class, on the first night we opened in 2017. And she's still with us three years later.


    For Mariette, the opportunities that 6P presents has been 50 years in the waiting. She is moving mountains to pursue and achieve her dancing dreams, from learning the very basics of classical dance to earning her first pair of pointe shoes. Click play or download to hear Mariette's story of turning up, even when its hard.


    Love our community's stories? We are 6th Position is available on?Apple and Google Podcasts.


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    Show Notes


    Julia Faragher of Skybound Productions, director extraordinaire of our upcoming We are 6th Position film documentary!


     


     


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    • 41 min
    Amrita

    Amrita

    Here it is... episode 16 of the We are 6th Position podcast, and the final one for the 2019 season.


    Today, we are sharing Amrita's story. At a time where our Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has decided the arts is not worthy of federal representation; the release of our season finale has been serendipitous. The arts - dance at a community level - has changed the course of Amrita's life, and we have no doubt, there are many others for whom dance and the arts has held a pivotal role in their lives. This episode holds a special story of hope; it you are on a path of recovery (physical, mental, emotional or otherwise), then this episode is dedicated to you.


    We are 6th Position podcast will return in 2020. In the meantime, you can listen back over all 16 episodes and check out our We are 6th Position Facebook album so see where it all started!


    We wish a safe and happy festive break - catch you on the flip side!


     


     


    Love our community's stories? We are 6th Position is available on?Apple and Google Podcasts.


    Click subscribe, and give us a rating and review.


     


     


     


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    • 30 min
    Taking a Ballet Exam as an Adult

    Taking a Ballet Exam as an Adult

    Starting ballet - or anything new, for that matter - is daunting enough, as it is. For starters, you have to start at the very beginning, a place most of us haven't seen since childhood; there is this thing called 'coordination' you have to grapple with while attempting to do so with 'grace'; and on top of that, whilst cathartic, dancing as an adult can also be an emotionally loaded experience and we sometimes unexpectedly come face to face with our inner demons (hello, depression and anxiety, my old friends).

    In other words, dance as an adults is hard; physically, mentally and emotionally. Yet, we come back to it, over and over again because despite everything, there is an in describable JOY we can gain from dance, when we open ourselves to the experience.

    So, given the hard-earned joy of dance, why on earth would nine adults put themselves through the not-so-light-hearted experience of undergoing a ballet exam?

    That's exactly what we set out to discover in Episode 15 of We are 6th Position, Taking a Ballet Exam as an Adult. We sit down with five of our adults - Ami, Casey, Cecilia, Gino and Mariette - who begun the learning the Royal Academy of Dance Grade 6 syllabus in January 2018 and sat the exam in May and July 2019. For most, a highlight of this experience was sharing this experience with other adults only - a perk of being an adult exclusive dance studio! Fun fact: the average age of our exam entrants was 44.

    Grab a cuppa and settle in to hear this frank and no frills discussion of taking a ballet exam as an adult. Click play or download to hear their story.

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Dancing Percy ,

One of a Kind Podcast

Refreshing, relatable and real. There has been a fascination lately with professional dancers’ lives, but it is just as fascinating if not more so - to catch a glimpse inside the mind of normal, mere mortals, who fit dance into their everyday lives. Or fit their everyday lives around dance. ;)

xtremekat ,

Great podcast for all dancers

I really enjoy this podcast. As a new dancer at the tender age of 41, it is inspiring and heartening to hear the stories of the 6P dancers. I only dock one star because the background noise drives me to distraction! I’m no sound engineer or producer but there has to be a way to tone that down, please! Otherwise, keep up the good work and dance on.

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