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Main Square, Stage and Screen


Sunday 29 April | 1pm - 4pm



Big Dance is the largest free celebration of dance in the world and it’s hitting Australia in 2018!

Presented by Ausdance Victoria, Big Dance is a participatory dance festival, a celebration of dance for all ages and all levels of ability. Learn choreography by acclaimed choreographers, Frances Rings and Craig Bary and join in the performance of the Big Dance in Federation Square, Melbourne.

Free workshops are being held throughout Melbourne to help you learn the Big Dance. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a first-time mover, come and get involved in Big Dance!

Following the Big Dance, stay in Federation Square for performances by local dance groups including Shiamak, Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance and Transit Dance.


 12.00pm – Sign-in – Groups

12.30pm – Sign-in – Individuals

1.00pm – Welcome to Country performance

1.15pm – Warm up

1.20pm – Rehearsal Red Group

1.30pm – Rehearsal Black Group

1.40pm – Rehearsal White Group

1.50pm – All groups’ rehearsal/run through

2.05pm – Live cross to Sydney to hear from the choreographers

2.20pm – Christine Anu – Performance and opening of the Big Dance (streamed from Sydney)

2.30pm – Performance of the Big Dance

2.35pm – Speeches from Ausdance Victoria Board and VicHealth

2.45pm – Performances from Shiamak, E.motion21 and Origins

3.20pm – Performance and Hip Hop workshop with Indigenous Hip Hop project.

4.00pm – Event ends.


Workshop Registrations at 12.30pm

If you registered for a workshop through the Workshop link on Eventbrite, PLEASE SIGN-IN AT THE INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION DESK

Group Registrations at 12pm

If you registered a group through the Group Registration link on Eventbrite, PLEASE SIGN-IN AT THE GROUP REGISTRATION DESK

Individual Registrations at 12.30pm

If you registered as an Individual through the Eventbrite registration link – PLEASE SIGN-IN AT THE INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION DESK

Find the full list of workshops and register here


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