Dance Integrated Australia’s Philip Channells is an acclaimed performer and choreographer who works with people of all ages, with and without disability. Philip recently set up The Corner Dance Lab at Jasper Corner in the hinterland village of Federal where he can be found teaching workshops (when he’s not touring overseas) in the historical local hall and church.
As Creative Director, the Coffs Harbour-born, Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Arts (The Con) trained dancer has spent the past 15 years championing social justice in the arts throughout Australia and Europe. Recipient of a 2012 Human Rights Award from the Australian Human Rights Commission, the 44-year-old said he realised early in his career that people with disabilities (PWD) were marginalised in the performing arts.
“Having worked with people with disability for my entire dance career has given me a very different attitude about dance and who can, who can’t, and what a dancer looks like in terms of choreography. I love the challenge of working with people’s strengths, finding out what makes them tick, and challenging each dancer to go beyond what they would expect of themselves,” Philip said in an article I wrote for North Coast newspaper the Northern Star.
Read more about The Corner Dance Lab here.
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