Join in the largest dance celebration in the world on International Dance Day on Sunday, 29 April 2018, where thousands of people will dance together in some of the most iconic places in the world!
“I believe dance is for everyone and everyone can dance! Big Dance provides fantastic opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and abilities to come together to enjoy and celebrate dance through free workshops and events,” says Michelle Silby,Executive Director of Ausdance Victoria and NSW.
Organised as a free, large-scale participatory celebration open to everyone of all ages, abilities, Big Dance will see Ausdance Victoria and New South Wales mobilise dancers and community groups to learn the Big Dance 2018 routine in a series of free dance workshops. The routine includes versions to suit a variety of capabilities and circumstances, including standing, seated and suggestions on adapting the choreography for different abilities.
The Big Dance routine was created by acclaimed Indigenous choreographer Frances Rings and New Zealand born Craig Bary, withan original score by Huey Benjamin. The Big Dance 2018 choreography is a five-minute contemporary Indigenous routine that anyone can learn.
Francessays that all Australians have a shared connection to this land. “We are lucky to live in an incredible country that still emits ancient energy and incredible living culture. This year’s Big Dance choreography represents our bloodlines, our culture and everyone coming together as we acknowledge the red earth as our spiritual centre. Big Dance will connect everyone through movement and bring people together to share their stories and experiences with pride and from any dance form.”
On Sunday, people will dance across the world on International Dance Day and with performances by local dance companies, the key Big Dance 2018 events will be held in Sydney, Federation Square in Melbourne, Castlemaine as part of the Regional Centre for Culture program and Lilydale, as well as other locations throughout Australia.
Founded in 2006 and led by the Mayor of London in partnership with People Dancing and a network of leading dance organisations, the Big Dance legacy has now been spread to Australia where in 2016 more than 42,000 dancers from 44 countries across the world participated in Big Dance.
Dates: Sunday, 29 April 2018
Location: Multiple locations – check website for full details
Times: Multiple times – see website for details