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Just Improvise: Perth Improv Training for Kids, Teens and Adults - New Classes Announced

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Just Improvise, Perth's premier improvisation training provider, is offering an exciting program of interactive Improv Classes for adults and teens this summer.

Glenn Hall, Creative Director of Just Improvise.

If you desire to be more spontaneous, imaginative and creative (whether for business or pleasure), don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from improvisation specialist and spontaneity coach, Glenn Hall, and his award-winning team of experienced trainers.

Hall, a national improv champion and improv lecturer at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, recently returned to Western Australia after training and performing with some of the world's best in Germany.

Just Improvise's core trainers Chris Bedding, Esther Longhurst and Glenn Hall.

"Just Improvise is passionate about applying improv skills to all stages of life because the skills are definitely transferable," Hall said.

"I have been teaching improvisation to actors and non-actors for 20 years when I teach my adult courses for non-actors, I always ask why they're here and what they want to get out of the course.

"Invariably, most participants will respond with 'I want to get out of my comfort zone' or 'I want to come out of my shell'.

"These answers show an understanding by adults for the need to develop and practice resilient behaviours in order to lead happier and more fulfilling lives.

"You don't have to be the best at everything but improvisation helps people to be the best person they can be and to bounce back when life doesn't go their way."

Just Improvise is offering a Summer program for Teenagers.

Each specialised Just Improvise course draws on Hall's improv philosophy known as the "Hive of Nine Be's" - be yourself, be positive, be present, be kind, be bold, be playful, be flexible, be imperfect and be changed.

Former WAAPA acting course coordinator Chris Edmund said Hall had a genuine integrity about his work.

"He communicates this to the students who thrive on working with him in an atmosphere of both invention and trust," he said.

In Summer 2014, there are three public programs to choose from, which will all be held at the Mount Lawley Bowling Club, on the corner of Storthes and Rookwood Streets, in Mount Lawley.

STOP PRESS - January JUMP: Intro to Improv Masterclass booked out! New February class added:

Date: Sunday 16th February 10am - 3pm,
Where: Mount Lawley Bowling Club
Prerequisite: Participants must be 18 years or over. No previous acting or improv experience necessary.

The JUMP: Intro to Improv Masterclass is designed to help adults develop the attitude, approach and mindset required for effective improvisation.

The masterclass gives individuals the chance to experience ideas such as "failing happily", "being obvious to seem creative" and "trying less to achieve more" while encouraging fearlessness, collaboration, commitment, positivity and fun.

STOP PRESS - BOOST: Improv Intensive for Teens now offered as a two-day program or individual Masterclass format.

BOOST: Improv Intensive for Teens is now being offered as a two-day program: 10am - 4pm, Monday 20th - Tuesday 21st January 2014 at the Mount Lawley Bowling Club.

BOOST trainer Chris Bedding said that 10 years of working in high schools taught him that teenagers have enormous capacity for creativity and innovation.

"Very often, this capacity is not recognised by adults who want good marks and conformity above all," he said.

"Improvisation rewards risk and celebrates creativity it exposes the possibilities present in each person's imagination."

Fellow BOOST trainer Esther Longhurst added: "The program is so valuable because it's designed to help young people overcome the hurdles in their mind that get in the way of them trying new things."

If participants aren't able to attend the full week, BOOST is also offered on a day-by-day basis.

  • BOOST: 'Be Imperfect' Improv Masterclass for Teens, Monday 20th January 2014.
  • BOOST: 'Be Present' Improv Masterclass for Teens, Tuesday 21st January 2014.

Students can choose to do one or more days of the program.

STOP PRESS - New Term 1 Afterschool Kids Courses added!

Glenn Hall said:

"As a parent and teacher it has become increasingly apparent that children have become more inflexible and society's desire for perfection and a 'be the best of the best and win-at-all-costs' mentality, is making our children anxious and brittle. The importance of building resilience in children is paramount.

Resilient kids share four basic skill sets independence, problem-solving, optimism and social connection. Research shows that resilience can be nurtured and developed, particularly when parents themselves are resilient and actively foster it in their kids.

You don't have to be the best at everything you do you won't be (and nor will your children).

Improvisation helps individuals to be the best 'you' you can be, nurturing elasticity, so you can bounce back when life doesn't go your way.

Building and maintaining resilience is an ongoing process. Through improvisation training Just Improvise offer the tools, strategy, justification and opportunity to be more positive, take risks, connect with others more easily and adapt to change."
Improvisation is a constructive conversation where participants express and receive, hear and are heard and where something spontaneous is created in the space between the people, that wasn't there before.

BOOST for Kids: 6-8 years
Explore a world of creativity without technology, where you enjoy engaging your body, voice and mind in playfulness and fun, as well as delighting in others doing the same.

All ideas are celebrated, imperfection is embraced and there is no right or wrong, only more or less helpful.

When: Wednesdays 5, 12, 19 & 26th February at 3.30 - 4.30pm
Where Mount Lawley Bowling Club

BOOST for Kids: 9-11 years
Exploring social interaction and working with others where you create in a partnership, offering your own ideas while at the same time trying to help make more of the ideas of others.

"Listening is the willingness to be changed."

When:Wednesdays 5, 12, 19 & 26th February at 4.45 - 5.45pm
Where: Mount Lawley Bowling Club

Rounding out the programs is DEUCE: Improv Duos Course, which runs 7pm to 9.30pm February 3, 10, 17 and 24 and helps creative partners develop structures, formats, styles and depth of character while exploring the nature of their partnership through improvisation.

Places are limited for each course; to book, please visit the Just Improvise website and select your desired class. You will be directed to an online registration form.

To find out more about Just Improvise and their variety of programs, please visit
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When: Across January and February 2014
Where: Mount Lawley Bowling Club
Cost: Varies between classes
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