Big Dance - Nightcliff 2017
Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival - Saturday May 6
In 2017, Tracks Dance Company invites Darwin to take part once again in the biggest world-wide participatory dance event, Big Dance. Following the moving performance of Big Dance Darwin 2016, Tracks brings world-renowned artist Akram Khan’s choreography to the Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival. Welcoming participants of all ages and abilities, Big Dance Darwin unites our community in the belief that “everyone can dance”.
Big Dance Darwin 2017 focuses on community groups in the Nightcliff area in the lead up to the Seabreeze Festival. Groups will be contacted in February for workshop registration to learn the Big Dance choreography. Workshops will be held between 26 April and 5 May, and led by Tracks Artistic Co-Director David McMicken, assisted by local dancers.
Tracks is excited to offer this opportunity to keep the momentum of Big Dance alive while Big Dance UK prepares to officially handover to Australia in 2018. Big Dance Darwin 2017 is part of the Tracks Participation Program.
To find out more about the Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival click here
About Big Dance
Big Dance began in the UK in 2006. Since its inception it has spread internationally to cities and towns around the world, involving entire global communities, encouraging fun through dance.
For every Big Dance event, an internationally renowned choreographer is chosen to create a 5-minute dance that has the versatility for the widest possible assortment of dancers, of all skill levels, to join in. The choreography is taught to dance teachers who go on to teach the dance to as many people as possible. It goes viral and rapidly evolves into the largest celebration of dance in the world.
To get an idea of the event and to see the original choreography, go to the Big Dance UK website.
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Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.
Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Agnès Michelet
Administrator: Clancy Breasley/Jessica Mellor
Production Manager: Mathew McHugh
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: Noya Chong Wah
Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Stephanie Cvirn, Venaska Cheliah. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Agnès Michelet (Ex-Officio Members)
Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki
Patron: His Honour, The Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory
Register for Big Dance Nightcliff now.
Thursday 4th May, 5:20-6:30 pm
Sunset Park (near Nightcliff Pier)
Meet at playground
Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival
Saturday 6th May
Sunset Park (near Nightcliff Pier)
5:20 pm Registration and Rehearsal
6:20 pm Performance at sunset
What to wear and bring for Performance
White t-shirt or top (and if possible white pants)
Runners or covered shoes
Fold up chair or picnic blanket (optional)
In 2016 Tracks asked, ‘why do you want to be a part of Big Dance Darwin?’
“I’ve never been part of a dance performance before so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to break out of my comfort zone and be part of something BIG”.
“It is an amazing opportunity to share in this wonderful experience to dance with our fellow Darwin dancers.”
“Personally I’ve always wanted to dance in a Tracks production and this is a great community event.”
“What an amazing opportunity. It sounds like huge fun and I am feeling excited already”.
“It’s on my bucket list to be a part of a flash mob and when better than to support Tracks”.