Canberra hoofers kick up their heels: Dance Week 2014

CANBERRA hoofers kick up their heels tomorrow,  Saturday,  May 3, with the launch of Australian Dance Week at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets.

Russian Don Quixote

Russian Don Quixote

The markets will be brightened up with displays of dance including a free children’s ballet class on stage presented by Vieira School of Dance as well as flash mob performance throughout the markets by Canberra Dance Development Centre. My Kitchen Rules contestants Andrew and Emelia, not normally known for their terpsichorean skills, will get in on the action, presenting cooking displays and getting their dance groove on.

Australian Dance Week provides a chance to try something new, Ausdance ACT coordinates and creates a program of dance shows, classes and displays across the ACT.

Canberra’s dance schools are offering free classes allowing everyone, no matter of age, fitness, shape or size to experience something new. Free classes will be offered in a variety of dance styles including Bollywood, Clogging, Latin, Folk, Hip Hop, Contemporary and more.

Canberra’s Independent dancers feature in the program with a variety of performances, including James Batchelor’s Island, a multi-sensory combination of contemporary dance still running until Sunday at the Canberra Theatre Centre’s Courtyard Studio.

Next weekend, Belconnen Arts Centre’s program “Dance on the Edge” will feature a wonderful blend of dance works including performances of classical ballet, Hilal, contemporary and break-dance.

Niche, an ensemble of dancers known for their mix of movement, music and voice in public spaces will present a work in response to the landscape at McCoy Circuit, Acton, ANU. Finally

By happy coincidence the Imperial Russian Ballet Company will present the flamboyant and festive ballet “Don Quixote”  at the Canberra Theatre on May 5-6.

Australian Dance Week originated in 1982 as a series of lunchtime performances and has grown into a nationwide celebration with each state and territory hosting a variety of free performances and classes in this week-long event.

Australian Dance Week May 3- 11, Inquiries to  6247 9103, for the full program visit


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