International Dance Day 

Sun 4 May 2014,   11am–4pm
Wellington Foyer, Level 2, and Te Marae, Level 4
Free entry
Performance; Workshop 

Dancers at Te Papa
Madagascan workshop with Lala Simpson

Celebrate International Dance Day at Te Papa. Learn a new dance style, or enjoy a performance of dance from around the world. 


Welcome and warm-up: 11am

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown opens the day, followed by a warm-up of music, dance, and drumming with Lala Simpson and African Beats NZ.

Workshops: 11.45am–2.30pm

Wellington Foyer, Level 2

11.45am–12.15pm: Bollywood with Salena Govind

12.15pm–12.45pm: Musical theatre with Linzi Heighway

12.45pm–1.15pm: Hip hop with Anna Robinson

1.15pm–1.45pm: Sasa with Tupe Lualua

1.45pm–2.30pm: Cuban salsa with Rafael Ferrer

Te Marae, Level 4

11.45am–12.30pm: American smooth with Genna Flanagan

12.30am–1.15pm: Hawaiian hula with Liora Noy

1.15pm–2pm: Integrated contemporary with Sumara Fraser

Outside main entrance

12 noon–12.30pm: Parkour with Martini Miller

Performance: 3pm–4pm

Twelve community dance groups perform hip hop, musical theatre, Ethiopian dance, capoeira, jazz, contemporary dance, Bollywood, ceroc, classical Chinese dance, tap, and circus. This performance highlights the wide range of opportunities for young people to get involved in dance.

Te Marae, Level 4

International Dance Day

In 1982, UNESCO designated 29 April as International Dance Day. Since then, dance has been celebrated around the world on this day.

This is the 13th year the event has been held in Wellington. YouthDance Education Trust is proud to present this year’s programme as part of UNESCO’s global celebrations. The Trust was the winner of the 2013 Wellington Airport Regional Community Award for Arts & Culture.

International Dance Day is well supported by the dance community, and the event acknowledges the range of dance styles in our multicultural city, and civic pride in this rich diversity.

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