The Bundaberg Festival of Dance is returning in 2022, showcasing a variety of local talent at the Shalom Performing Arts Centre next month.
Welcoming dancers from all over the state, the festival will see three sessions per day open for the public to enjoy.
Dancers aged from as young as four to 17 years and over will be performing in a wide range of dance genres and styles.
Bundaberg Dance Secretary Danni Stranieri said the competition would see a number of visitors descend on the region for the event.
“The festival draws competitors, family and friends from all over the state to spend their Easter school holiday break doing what they love whilst also enjoying everything our beautiful region has to offer,” Danni said.
“It features over 200 dancers performing in more than 1000 unique acts across a diverse range of dance styles and genres.
“This year, we have dancers and their families visiting from as far north as Mackay and south as the Gold Coast.”
Danni said the festival was a great chance for the community to see just how vibrant the dance scene was, with a number of local Bundaberg dancers competing.
“The festival is the perfect opportunity to not only enjoy live dance performances, but to actively support local youth doing what they love,” she said.
“Bundaberg has such a vibrant arts and culture scene, with many opportunities to appreciate live music and theatre.
“The festival features acts in a vast array of dance genres and styles: classical ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, tap, acrobatics, and ‘song and dance’.”
Danni said some performances had been years in the making, with the competition providing the opportunity for dancers to also showcase their own choreographed dances.
“This is the first time in quite a number of years that performers are being given the opportunity to showcase their own choreography and have their own unique work displayed on-stage for a public audience,” she said.
“For those performing a new routine for the first time, they will likely have spent at least a few months learning, rehearsing and refining their performance.
“Seasoned competitors and performers will have spent years refining their technical and expressive skills, performing all over the country and taking on feedback from some of the most recognised dance professionals both in Australia and internationally.
“We have categories for Novice and Open performers so they can perform alongside fellow dancers of similar levels of skill and experience.”
You can purchase tickets here for the upcoming Festival of Dance.
Bundaberg Festival of Dance would like to recognise their major sponsors CQUniversity, Golden Arrow News & Casket, Golden Arrow Bargara News and 4 U 2 Dance.
Date: 4 April 2022 – 10 April 2022; Every day
Time: 8.30 am – 12.30pm
Cost: $10 per session
Location: Shalom Performing Arts Centre; 9 Fitzgerald Street Bundaberg
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