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Mondo Lounge fun keeps young people connected

Sas Cook dancing in a gold jacket.

Young people are invited to join an online hip-hop class as part of our Friday afternoon Mondo Lounge program.

Friday 24 April 2020

Friday afternoons look a little different for young people at the moment so Mondo Lounge has moved online and is mixing things up with approved social distancing activities, including a virtual dance lesson!

People aged 12 to 25 years are invited to join a free online hip-hop dance class presented by Movement Zone’s Sas Cook on Friday 1 May.

“We wanted to offer something that was a bit of fun, where we can get together in the virtual world, learn some dance moves and have a laugh at the same time,” said Jodie Hearn, Youth Activities Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We’re all doing our best to navigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, so anything that brings a smile or helps us to learn something new is a bonus,” said Ms Hearn.

The hip-hop session will be held from 4.00pm to 5.00pm on Friday 1 May.

“We’ll start with a good warm up and stretch then a hip-hop dance class followed by a chinwag and Q&A,” said Ms Hearn.

“The session will be hosted on Zoom so you can join in from your living room or anywhere you have a bit of space to move,” she said.

You’ll need access to a laptop, computer or tablet with a webcam and audio.

“Even if you’ve never come along to a Mondo Lounge event we are very welcoming and would love for you to join us,” said Ms Hearn.

The Mondo Lounge program is continuing with fun and free opportunities for young people to come together on Friday afternoons, but in a different format.

“Many of the young people I have spoken to really miss the social aspect of school.

“Our Friday afternoon Mondo sessions provide the opportunity to get together, have some normality and a distraction from life at home.”

“Throughout the term we’ll be hosting online gaming sessions, Netflix parties, live trivia events and competitions. We’re also investigating some screen-free craft activities that we’ll drop off at people’s homes so we can all feel connected,” said Ms Hearn.

The Mondo Lounge program aims to provide fun for teens and young adults and keep them connected. To register for the online sessions please contact Jodie at youth@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or 0429 421 214. Jodie will send you log in detail to join the hip-hop class.

Mondo Lounge is delivered by Mount Alexander Shire Council with funding from the State Government’s Engage! program.

If you or a young person you know is struggling please remember that help is available. Contact Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelpline.com.au or Beyond Blue 1800 51 2348 www.beyondblue.org.au.


Image: Join and online hip-hop class with Sas Cook from Movement Zone.

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