ABOUT BIG DANCE
Ausdance NSW is committed to developing and investing in social practices that are specific to dance. Social practice and dance is a growing field of dance enquiry that places the audience and choreography together at the heart of the creative process. Big Dance is a biennial participatory dance celebration, held all over the world. Big Dance commissions acclaimed choreographers to create a work that can be learnt by anyone in the world, through online tutorials and community workshops. Big Dance engages thousands of people with one unifying choreographic piece, performed across local regional and metropolitan communities.
Big Dance achieves several key things:
- Create new dance works for public spaces and mass performance
- Advocate for the central role of dance in public life
- Raise participation and appreciation of dance through engaging and unique opportunities
- Increase access to First Nations dance performance and dance outside the Western canon
“DANCE IS FOR EVERYONE…. AND EVERYONE CAN DANCE, THIS IS OUR MOTTO. BIG DANCE ALLOWS PEOPLE TO HAVE A GO, NO COST, EXPERIENCE DANCE IN A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT, MEET PEOPLE, AND CONNECT WITH OTHERS FROM THEIR COMMUNITY.”
Michelle Silby, Big Dance Australia Director.
HISTORY OF BIG DANCE
Big Dance originated in London in 2006, led by the Mayor of London in partnership with People Dancing and the Big Dance Hubs, a network of leading dance organisations across the UK. This biennial celebration of dance has inspired thousands of people to get dancing in London, the UK and internationally. In 2016, London hosted their final Festival with over 42,000 people in 44 countries around the world learning or using the commissioned choreography to create their own spectacular performances.
BIG DANCE IN AUSTRALIA
Ausdance NSW is the key support & advocacy body, for the creation, presentation and practice of dance in NSW.
Ausdance NSW is part of the Ausdance National Network.
Ausdance acknowledges and respects the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work and dance and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging.
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