If the lockdown blues have you itching to unleash your artistic spirit, pining for your favourite pastimes or simply looking for a distraction, then these local WA organisations have the solution. From singing rehearsals via Zoom to online embroidery tutorials, these local groups are keeping our creative juices flowing.

The Dance Collective Pop-up Classes

If you have ever wanted to dance like no one is watching, now is the time! Willagee locals The Dance Collective are breaking down their best moves for everyone at home with new Pop-up Zoom classes starting soon. With a new online-only timetable starting February 4, you can learn how to bust your favourite move on the dance (living room) floor. Offering up lessons with award-winning industry professionals, The Dance Collective teach a variety of styles such as  Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporrary, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Heels, Breaking, Dancehall and Burlesque.

All dancers are encouraged and supported, and new and experienced dancers of all backgrounds, ages, abilities and styles are welcome. Online classes run from 9.30am to 8.00pm with all age groups covered through the day. You can book your spot here.

VividVoices (V2)

Sing your heart out with VividVoices, WA’s online adult choir. Launching in May 2020, VividVoices emphasises fun, connection and friendships as singers learn funky modern tunes to uplift hearts and minds. Songs are divided into two and three part harmonies, so turn your microphone down and the music up as you follow along with the choir director.

You don’t need perfect pitch or an ARIA-winning singing voice to join this Perth-based choral community, as members of all experience levels and abilities are welcome. Tune into the Zoom meeting at 5.00pm every Friday to try these relaxed rehearsals for free for the first month. Learn more here.

Wildflower Stitch Series with Midland Junction Arts Centre

If you are looking to keep your head and hands busy, the Wildflower Stitch Series has a range of online workshops, downloadable instruction workbook and templates for you to create stunning designs with a needle and thread. With multiple guest instructors guiding you – including Fremantle-based Angela Ferolla – guiding you, this series explores Australia’s vibrant flora through needlework. Over eight lessons you will learn to stitch gorgeous designs from the Australian landscape such as iconic golden wattle blossoms and textured banksia cones.

Available anytime through the Midland Junction Arts Centre, create stunning needlepoint pieces that you can use to add personal flair to your wardrobe, or simply display as unique, home-made artworks. You can download your first lesson here.

Choirs4kids ZoomSing

Running short of ways to keep the kids entertained these holidays? Why not check out ZoomSing, the online children’s choir driven by WA-based group Choirs4kids. With classes for kids ages four through to fifteen, ZoomSing keeps kids bopping along to great songs with friends from around the country. Classes are split into three age categories: Singing Joeys for ages four to six, Singing Roos for ages seven to nine, and VividStars for the big kids to experiment with more mature voices and sounds. Your kids can be become their own stars with opportunities to sing solo parts and share the songs they learn with ZoomSing’s Singing Together videos.

New singers of all experience levels are welcome to come along to these weekly virtual practices, with session recordings available in case you miss one. Sign up here.

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