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International Dance Day

Join the family-friendly party as global dance takes over Te Papa – everything from Cuban salsa to siva Sāmoa. Includes dance workshops for kids.

  • When | Āhea Sun 2 May 2021, 10.45am–4.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Throughout Te Papa
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

Celebrate UNESCO’s International Dance Day by trying out some new steps – we have fun, free workshops for all ages. Presented by YouthDance Education Trust. Kids must be accompanied by an adult for all activities.


Welcome – Wellington Foyer, Level 2

11am Welcome

Dance performances – Te Papa forecourt

10.20am Te Auaha Commercial Dance students
10.45am Te Auaha Commercial Dance students
12.30pm Moringa Dancers

Workshops – Wellington Foyer, Level 2

11.15am – 11.45am Warm-up with West African dance
11.45am – 12.15pm Hip hop
12.15pm – 12.45pm Spanish flamenco
12.45pm – 1pm Performance interlude
1pm – 1.45pm Scottish cèilidh
1.45pm – 2.15pm Swing
2.15pm – 2.45pm Cuban salsa

Family-friendly workshops – Te Marae, Level 4

12pm – 12.30pm Folk dance
12.30pm – 1pm Siva Sāmoa
1pm – 1.30pm Jazz
1.30pm – 2pm Madagascan dance

Performance – Te Marae, Level 4

3pm – 4pm Performance by 12 community dance groups

A group of people dancing in Te Papa


Koffie Fugah, 2019. Photo by Alexander Garside, courtesy of YouthDance Education Trust