The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair

True North Arts Dance AffairPut on your dancing shoes, your best outfit and hit the dance floor as Darebin Arts present The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair at St. Gabriel’s Hall in Reservoir from 11 May 2016.

Part ‘theatre performance’ and part ‘get up and dance’, this is an all ages performance event that immerses everyone in an evening of old time and new time dance floor magic. From the two-step to the twerk, tango to a cheeky cha cha, a waltz to funky free stylin’ grooves, The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair go-go’s its way through a celebration of decades of dance.

Featuring a heart stopping musical mash up by cracking live band Sex On Toast, a charming MC, light footed guest stars and heart-warming real stories from local community legends, this is funny, exhilarating and energising. Throughout the night you will go-go your way through a celebration of decades of dance, mixed with a sharing of heart-warming real stories from local community dance legends.

The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair has unearthed some local dance treasures who will share their love of dance in story and performance; local Bollywood dancers, participants from powerhouse local dance studio, Dance Explosion including little ballet nymphs, mature tappers and broadway babes, local ballroom champions, members of the Italian Seniors community who come together to dance monthly, indigenous dancers plus more.

The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair will also revive the memory of Reservoir’s very own 1960s rock star, Merv Benton with a very special Go Go dance tribute. Dancing has always been a part of Australia’s cultural fabric, from country-dances, to city ballrooms and lavish dance clubs. In their heyday, attending dance nights was a vital form of community expression and an engine room for romance.

Inspired by the rise and fall of the social dance scene, from the 1920’s to today, The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair is a celebration of not only who dances but why we dance. The wordless language of dance means it is the very act of dancing that speaks for itself. There will be prizes, supper and of course, the meat tray raffle.  No dance experience necessary, this is a great night out for everybody.

Kate McDonald, Ian Pidd and Bec Reid created this joyous work via a community residency, researching local dance history, recording interviews with local dance legends and recruiting a large cast of community dance champions to share their stories and dancing styles.

True North is a celebration of community within the culturally diverse suburb of Reservoir. The diverse, year-long program seeks to celebrate all that is unique about this thriving suburb and will capture the essence of living, working and being creative in Reservoir.

The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair
St Gabriel’s Hall, 1 Viola Street, Reservoir
Season: 11 – 14 May 2016 – 7.30pm.
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Image: The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair (supplied)