Spring Up! Kulture Break’s school holiday program had some special guests this year, with eight children from Community Housing Canberra joining the crew for the week.
Mataina Rozowsky is the mum of two Kulture Break students, and the Community Development and Strata Services manager at CHC. For her work in Community Development, Mataina arranges activities which encourage community and empowers CHC’s tenants and their families.
Having seen the impact of Kulture Break on her boys, she wanted CHC kids to experience the positive, safe and fun atmosphere of KB. So CHC families were invited to nominate their kids to participate in the program, with enrolment generously covered by CHC.
Which is why these eight children eventually found themselves heading to the KB studios in Wanniassa for a week of dance, games and togetherness!
The Spring Up Team leader was James Ewens, Kulture Break’s Youth Ambassador, KB dance coach and graduate, and current full-time ballet student.
James has been dancing with Kulture Break since he was five and began teaching KB classes at age 13. His experience as a dance teacher means he knows how to engage with and instruct kids.
Being young, he gets kids and knows they really want inclusion and positive experiences.
Under James’ guidance, the Kulture Break volunteers and staff ran games and excursions for the kids at Spring Up! Their activities are designed to help break down barriers between the children, fostering friendships and understanding and creating fun.
But, as always, the main activity for the week was DANCE. And dance they did, covering styles such as breakdance, contemporary and hip hop.
Because they had to showcase their learnings to their families at the end of the week, the kids had to pay attention, listen, practice and work together to pull together a little production.
It’s a fantastic experience and a great learning curve for kids new to the program; it’s amazing to see their development and confidence by Friday afternoon. Lots of holiday program kids come back because they love being able to learn, collaborate and grow through dance.
And what a sensational showcase it was, with heaps of cheers from the parents!
In particular, the CHC families were grateful to have their kids attend the program, with their parents sharing their thoughts on the experience.
‘Thanks again for this fantastic opportunity for Rhys. Thank you for everything that you do to make it easier for us parents, with entertaining the kids and more.’
– Rhys’ mum
‘Thank you for all you have done. Kids have had a very good holidays’
– Filepe’s mum
Obviously, the best feedback comes from the CHC kids themselves. As a group, they LOVED Spring Up! and as Mahonri says, this is the best program!’