Celebrate International Dance Day at Te Papa. Experience Wellington’s rich cultural diversity through dance performances – and learn a new dance yourself!
International Dance Day has been celebrated around the world since 1982. This year, more than 20 Wellington dance groups present a diverse mix of workshops and performances.
Chinese Lion Dancers & Wellington Community Choir
11am, Wellington Foyer, Level 2
Follow the Chinese Lion Dancers to Wellington Foyer, where Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will open the proceedings. Then hear the Wellington Community Choir singing music from different cultures.
Join one of eight workshops and learn a new dance.
Wellington Foyer, Level 2
11.45am–12.15pm – Bollywood, with Yaleney Sivapalan
12.15pm–12.45pm – Hip hop, with Braedyn Humphries
12.45pm–1.15pm – Sasa, with Tupe Lualua
1.15pm–1.45pm – Cuban Salsa, with Rafael Ferrer
2pm–2.40pm – Ceilidh, with Kirsten Fergusson
Te Marae, Level 4
11.45am–12.30pm – Lion Dance, with Brendan Ng
12.30pm–1.15pm – Madagascan, with Lala Simpson
1.15pm–2pm – Māori Contemporary, with Tanemahuta Gray
3pm–4pm, Te Marae, Level 4
Experience a dance performance that includes classical Indian, Highland, Indonesian, Israeli folk, kapa haka, Polish, Rwandan, Sasa, South American, and Integrated Dance.