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MSO and young dancers with Down syndrome explore music, movement and expression

In late 2017 the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra embarked on a creative collaboration with e.motion21, an innovative charity that provides dance, fitness and performance programs for children and young adults with Down syndrome.

The pilot program saw 24 dancers join a selection of MSO musicians for a workshop and presentation. See some of the fun below.

The workshop included a series of activities incorporating music, movement and the themes of earth, air, fire and water with which the participants experimented and explored their individual expression.

“The exchange of ideas was extraordinary,” said one parent of a 14-year-old dancer. “[My daughter] has never worked with live, classical music so closely before. It was thrilling to see her express herself with such freedom and joy.”

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is committed to providing accessible performances and workshops for all Victorians and looks forward to the evolution of this collaboration.