Hey Clunes, get ready for a Big Dance event in April

LET'S DANCE: Artist Rebecca Russell will participate in the 2018 Big Dance workshops and the event on International Dance Day. Photo: Dylan Burns
LET'S DANCE: Artist Rebecca Russell will participate in the 2018 Big Dance workshops and the event on International Dance Day. Photo: Dylan Burns

Big Dance, the international event which involves thousands of people dancing together in iconic places around the world, is coming to Clunes on International Dance Day, April 29.

Ausdance Victoria and New South Wales are holding a series of free dance workshops in preparation for the event. 

The workshops involve participants learning the Big Dance 2018 dance routine, formulated by indigenous dancer and choreographer Frances Rings as well as another active member of the Australian and New Zealand dance community, Craig Bary.

The five-minute contemporary dance routine involves three different sequences to suit a variety of capabilities, including performing the routine while standing or sitting.

Rings explains all Australians have a shared connection to this land.

“We are lucky to live in an incredible country that still emits ancient energy and incredible living culture. This year’s Big Dance choreography represents our bloodlines, our culture and everyone coming together as we acknowledge the red earth as our spiritual centre. 

“Big Dance will connect everyone through movement and bring people together to share their stories and experiences with pride and from any dance form.”

Lana de Kort, of Clunes Neighbourhood House, has been helping to co-ordinate the event.

“We work closely with artists who are active in the shire. Our spaces and relationships provide a great way for small towns like Clunes to become involved in events,” she said.

“We are excited to be part of the largest free dance celebration.”

Clunes resident Rebecca Russell will participate in the event. 

She said dance was her first love.

“Dance was the first thing that got me excited about the arts. I am curious to see who comes out of the closet to participate in the event,” she said.

The workshops in Clunes will be on April 5 at Clunes Town Hall, as well as on April 13 in Collins Place.