Local dance diversity in the spotlight at Australian Dance Week

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Free performances and classes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Australian Dance Week 2022.

From free tryouts and trial classes to performances and classes, Ausdance invites you to celebrate all things dance during australian dance weekwhich starts this Friday, April 29.

Australian Dance Week originated in 1982 as a series of lunchtime performances and has grown into a national celebration with each state and territory hosting a variety of free performances and classes. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Australian Dance Week and Ausdance ACT is proud to have the largest Australian Dance Week program in Australia.

Highlights include the official opening at Gorman Arts Center on International Dance Day, April 29, by Minister for the Arts Tara Cheyne MLA with performances by Emma Laverty’s dust projectthe training groundUnravel‘, and afro dance duo PARICE; as well as a sneak peek of the dance movie ‘unavoidable victim‘ from QL2 Dance.

Zest Dance for Wellness. Photo: Lorna Sim.

There’s also a Canberra Dragon Dance Workshop on Sunday, May 1 at the Gorman Arts Center, where performers will teach the basics of the Chinese Lion Dance and Tiger Dance. These arts are rarely taught to the public, so now is your chance to learn these ancient skills. All ages and abilities are welcome.

There will also be a spectacular collaboration when Ausdance ACT and the Canberra International Music Festival (CIMF) come together for a beautiful blend of dance and music with australian dance party performing excerpts from his work ‘Symbiosis’ at the Australian Botanic Gardens as part of CIMF’s ‘Tree of Life’ and ‘LESS’ at CIMF’s ‘Fyshwick Follies’.

Kokoloco dance. Credit: Click Photography.

You can also get moving with many local studios, dance artists and arts centers offering free, trial and trial dance classes during Australian Dance Week.

Experience a ZEST: dance class for wellness at Belconnen or Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Hughes Community Center or Greenway Views, join Bom Funk Dance Studio for its Open Day at its new headquarters in Queanbeyan, try a Brazilian Samba Fitness Class with Kokoloco Dance Studio at Stage 88 or try a morning of folk dancing with Canberra folk dance.

Australian Dance Week is the perfect time to get out there and try a new dance experience, see a show, take a class and dance like no one is watching.

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What: Ausdance ACT 2022 Australian Dance Week
When: Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 8
Where: Various locations
More information: ausdanceact.org.au/adw-2022

Featured Image: Australian Dance Party, Symbiosis. Photo: Lorna Sim

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