e.motion21 Term 3 Newsletter
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e.motion21 Term 3 Newsletter

Welcome to Term 3!

A message from Karina Posanzini, CEO

I’m delighted to be writing this introduction to you as the new CEO for an organisation that is dear to me and I care sincerely about. Whilst I may be new to the CEO role, I have been very fortunate to be part of this wonderful organisation since 2012; many of you know me as a long standing member of staff, volunteer, Board Secretary and Board member (sometimes strategically running back and forward at our annual concert perhaps? or side stage at World Down Syndrome Day at Fed Square!) but only recently did the planets align for me to transition into this role.

I fondly remember for the first time in 2012 seeing the dancers and families at a class and was moved by the confidence of our dancers in their routines and care and support of one another. It was a nice reminder also of what one can personally achieve with determination and work. With this in mind, I look forward to continuing to work on our vision: To enhance lives and changes perceptions of Down syndrome within society and our mission: To provide dance and fitness opportunities for children and young adults with Down syndrome, in communities that need them.


Whilst we are in the midst of winter, e.motion21 is moving with a spring in our step! We are premiering our documentary and photo book (please see below for further details), holding our 8th annual concert at Camberwell Grammar School, participating at some wonderful community events, working in partnership with Deakin University on research to determine the social impact of partnerships with community leisure centres to run our programs and working towards launching some new sites. I can’t wait for it all to happen!

Look forward to seeing you all soon and continuing our wonderful work together.


Warm regards,
Karina Posanzini | CEO

World Premiere of our
 Documentary and Photo book! 


We are very excited to share that our Documentary from the World Down Syndrome Congress (WDSC) in Chennai, India is almost complete and its' world premiere is scheduled for 19 August 2016 at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), Hoyts Melbourne Central (event sponsor)

At the same time as the documentary, we will be launching the photo book which captures the beautiful journey of our families and team to the WDSC.

Tickets & session time: Further details on the session time and ticket sales will be available via Hoyts website from 1 August 2016. e.motion21 are not managing this event. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to IFFM and Hoyts.

We look forward to seeing you there!

About the film (trailer to be released in coming weeks): The inspirational documentary Moving Bodies Moving Boundaries was created in partnership with acclaimed Indian director, Onir Anticlock and Donald Percy. With India providing a spectacular backdrop, the documentary follows the lives of six young people with Down syndrome and their families, as participants from India and Australia meet at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Chennai, India.

It embraces the beauty and similarities of two vastly different cultures coming together for the same purpose.

This film is an honest portrayal; it is moving, provocative, inspiring, humorous and challenging. We are reminded how much we are all alike in the core of our being.

The aim of the documentary: Through the personal stories of families living with Down syndrome in both India and Australia we aim for this film to challenge stereotypes and perceptions of Down syndrome and create change.

The film is intended to appeal to the general population, emotionally engage the viewer and take them on a personal journey of growth as they experience, through the film, the uniqueness and universality of humans, why we should embrace difference and why we should all belong.   

Our aim is for mass distribution of the film in India, Australia and beyond.


Concert 2016 : The countdown is on!!



Only 8 weeks to go to the concert!!

Rehearsal and Concert dates and times: Please see below under "Key Dates" for individual class rehearsal and concert times

Tickets: Will be on sale the first week of August; we will let you know as soon as they are up!

Volunteer Registration: As always, we need all hands on deck for this event so any volunteers that are available and interested in helping out, there will be an email going out this week outlining the registration process so keep an eye out for it! 


New sites opening this year...

We are delighted to announce that we are opening two new sites in Term 4 located in the areas of Knox and Bentleigh. Currently, we are researching venues, working through class times, participants etc so further details will be available soon. We are all very excited!

Please note we need to have a minimum of SIX dancers per class.

If you feel either of these locations would suit you better than the one you are currently attending or have friends that may be interested and we haven't been in touch with you recently, please feel free to express your interest by contacting the office.

Similarly, if you are interested in volunteering at either of these sites, please email the office.

Bendigo & Giselle!


On 9 July, our e.motion21 Bendigo dancers were lucky enough to watch guest artists from The Australian Ballet and graduating students from the Australian Ballet School during their Regional Tour of Giselle. This was an incredible opportunity for our participants to meet and observe some of Australia's most exciting dancers!

A fantastic and fun day was had by all; thank you so much to the The Australian Ballet for the invitation! 

Congratulations to our Geelong participants on their performance at Splash!dance on 10 July.  We had the crowd busting some moves; a great way to finish off their weekend!

Volunteer Corner


Volunteer Site Manager - Greensborough: thank you
  • Tiffany Meiliunas, our volunteer site manager at Greensborough has decided to concentrate more on her other volunteering activities at e.motion21 i.e. events support, communications and fundraising/grants and move away from the volunteer site manager role. Tiffany has been a real asset to the Greensborough site and although I’m sure the families will miss her, we are very fortunate she is continuing to assist the organisation. 
Volunteers - WE NEED YOU!!!
  • We are looking for volunteers that have skills in the following areas and would be willing to share a few hours of their time on small advisory projects or events.
    • Graphic design
    • Communications – i.e. one off invites and letters
    • Photographers and videographers – for events.
Please email the office with your interest and we will be in contact!

Key Dates for the remainder of 2016...

  • Term 3: 11 July - 16 September
  • Bollywood Dance Workshop in Bendigo: 13 August
  • Documentary world premiere: 19 August, ticket sales 1 August via Hoyts website
  • Concert Rehearsals (Camberwell Grammar School):
    • 10 September - Kew (Kinder/Primary/Hip-hop); Performance Program; Cranbourne; Pascoe Vale
    • 11 September - Kew (Tap/Tween/Teen/Adults); Geelong; Bendigo; Ballarat; Greensborough
    • 13 September - Kew (All classes)
  • e.motion21 Annual Concert (Camberwell Grammar School): Sunday, 18 September 
  • Term 4: 3 October - 9 December
  • Step Up! Melbourne - 9 October
  • The Cotton On Run, Ballarat - 23 October
  • Run Geelong - 20 November

Contact Us

We always welcome feedback, so if you would like to get in touch, please contact the office using the below details:

Ph: 03 9854 7100
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