Firstly, can you please tell the Boom Community a little about yourself?
My name is Neridah Waters. I'm a choreographer, performer and theatre maker. I've toured my shows to arts festivals both nationally and internationally. I slowed down on touring when I had my boy and then started a fun, ironic Rock Eisteddfod in South East Queensland, for people of all ages and all abilities, called Common People Dance Eisteddfod.
What is Common People Dance Project?
Common People Dance Project is the name of my business, which I started with my friend Fez Fa'anana back in 2009. We began running flashmobs and big dance projects together at arts festivals around Australia and overseas. Fez got very busy with his burlesque company Briefs Factory International so I run the company in Brisbane. I run regular dance classes in Brisbane and dance workshops or performance projects at events, weddings and festivals around the country and overseas. Common People Dance Project welcomes people of all ages and all abilities with no previous dance experience necessary. In the past we’ve attracted whole families, ex-professional dancers, people that that have never danced before, pregnant women, seniors, people with disabilities, non english speaking students, a security guard and his dog and really anyone who just wants to learn fun dance choreography with a group of people and not feel self conscious. We draw on a variety of dance styles, teaching choreographic moves to the best songs ever.
What inspired you to start this group?
What inspired me to start up the Common People Dance Eisteddfod was to give everyone the joy and thrill of being on stage, under lights, in a fabulous sequinned costume, dancing in synchronicity with a group of people to a banging 80's/90's song.
Does it bring you lots of joy seeing people from all ages and walks of life coming together and dancing?
After all the shows I've been in and touring them about, my favourite thing to do is to bring people together and help them escape into a magical world of dance and be the facilitator of a really good time. Seeing people happy and receiving so much feedback from people about how this project and the classes have made them feel happy and feel like they have a community that they belong too, brings me so much joy.