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19 & 20 October 2024

DanceRites is Australia’s national First Nations dance competition, and will be held on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt on 19 and 20 October 2024.

Dance groups from across the nation will share their culture and compete for the $22,000 DanceRites prize. The competition is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community dance groups.

Each dance group will present a Cultural Dance and Song Cycle representing local storytelling and language and can also take part in a second optional category, presenting a ‘Wild Card’ dance.

The winning group will receive $22,000.
One group will be awarded runner-up with a prize of $6,000.
Two groups will be honoured with a Rites of Passage award of $4,000 each, to acknowledge outstanding contributions to revitalising cultural knowledge and practices.
One group will be awarded the best Wild Card dance with a prize of $5,000.

Important dates

Wednesday 10 April 2024
Registrations for DanceRites open

Extended - Wednesday 5 June 2024
Registrations for DanceRites close

Friday 18 October 2024
Official welcome for Participants

Saturday 19 October 2024
Day One of DanceRites

Sunday 20th October 2024
Day Two of DanceRites

How to register

  1. Read the terms and conditions of the competition.
  2. Complete the registration form via jotform which includes uploading a video of your group performing. The DanceRites team will review all applications.
  3. The DanceRites team will contact dance groups to advise them of their acceptance into the competition.
  4. The DanceRites team will provide further information and support as needed.

As the number of dance groups for DanceRites 2024 will be limited, we encourage groups to submit their registrations as early as possible. If the number of registrations received outnumbers the available competition slots, the DanceRites team will select groups to participate based on broad geographic representation, the information provided in the registration form and the performance video. Please return your registration form by 5pm AEST Wednesday 22 May 2024.

If you require assistance with filling out the registration from, please do not hesitate to contact the DanceRites team via 

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