International Dance Day

Join the all-ages party as global dance takes over Te Papa – everything from Samba to Zumba. Come to a workshop, or enjoy an exuberant performance.

  • When Sun 29 Apr 2018, 10.45am–4.00pm
  • Where
    Throughout Te Papa
  • Cost Free event

Celebrate UNESCO’s International Dance Day by trying out some new steps – we have fun, free workshops for all ages.

Presented by the YouthDance Education Trust.

Performers dance on the floor at Te Papa


Cuban Fusion at Te Papa on International Dance Day, 2015. Photograph by Jose G Cano, courtesy of YouthDance Education Trust


Performance, Forecourt

10.45am Touch Compass


Wellington Foyer, Level 2

11am Welcome by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester with the official International Dance Day message.


Workshops, Wellington Foyer Level 2

11.10–11.30am Warm up with Lala Simpson and Pembera Marimba Band

11.30am–12pm Hip Hop with Braedyn Humphries

12–12.30pm Body Percussion with Sacha Copland

12.30–1pm Samba with Hillary Reid

1–1.15pm Performance interlude with Le Dance

1.15–2pm Cuban Salsa with Rafael Ferrer

2.00 - 2.45pm Scottish Ceilidh with Victoria University Folk Club


Kids friendly Workshops, Te Marae Level 4

12–12.30pm Inclusive Dance with Touch Compass

12.30–1pm Musical Theatre with Talita Archibald

1–1.30pm Zumba around the world with Ani Prasad

1.30–2pm Tokelauan dance with Selina Alefosio


The Dance Reel, Soundings Theatre Level 2

11.30–2.30pm  A collection of short dance films from top New Zealand choreographers

Celebrating NZ Dance week, in collaboration with Dance Aotearoa New Zealand.


Performance, Te Marae Level 4

3–4pm Performance by:

Alien Junk Monsters, Caraka Seni (Indonesian), The Company NZ (Hip Hop), Danza MIA (South American), Filifest Dance Group (Filipino), Kerry School of Irish Dancing, Lavelua Crew (Tokelauan), New Zealand School of Dance (Contemporary), Salsa Magic, Tracey Odell School of Modern Dance (Jazz) , Touch Compass (Inclusive Dance)

A bird's eye view of people dancing on Void, a circular artwork on Te Papa's floor


Polish folk dance at Te Papa on International Dance Day, 2016. Photograph by Alexander Garside, courtesy of YouthDance Education Trust