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Wellington celebrates International Dance Day


5th April 2019

Wellington celebrates International Dance Day with dance workshops and performances.

Mudra Dance Company. Photo: Garside Imaging

Movement is a language spoken by us all. Movement is a universal language that belongs to everybody. “ - Karima MANSOUR (

As part of UNESCO’s global celebrations for International Dance Day, YouthDance Education Trust is presenting a FREE programme of dance activities at Te Papa in Wellington on Sunday 28th of April.

Opening, 10.45am

Favourite nineties pop bands battle it out on the soundtrack of the opening performance by Shut Up and Dance. After trying out a few moves on the Te Papa forecourt head up to the level two foyer where renowned dancer and choreographer, Tanemahuta Gray, will give the welcome.

Workshops, 11.10am – 2.45pm

Have-a-go and learn a new dance - with nine workshops to choose from there is something for all ages and abilities, from Hip Hop to West African dance. Grab a partner and join in the Scottish ceilidh with traditional Celtic music from Victoria University Folk Club. It’s the last day of the school holidays and we have some workshops just for kids including Hawaiian dance, ballet, Capoeira and jazz dance.

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Performances, 3.00 – 4.00pm

We celebrate the diversity of dance in Wellington with a performance on the Te Papa marae. Enjoy the percussive rhythms, sounds and dances of Africa, with Moringa Dancers and Kubatana; experience Indian classical dance from the vibrant Mayur Dance Academy; Polish children’s dance ensemble Orleta present traditional folkloric dances; and Mirian Caberlon’s Belly dancers join us for the first time; other cultural performances include Samoan Sasa and Israeli dance, plus a variety of dance genres - contemporary dance, hip hop and jazz.

International Dance Day

UNESCO’s International Dance Day was created to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language - dance. YouthDance Education was formed in 2000 in Wellington and every year we produce a free International Dance Day event.



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