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Dance Rites Finals

Join us at the finals of the Dance Rites competition as the top 8 groups perform for the final prizes.

On the Forecourt

Our expert judging panel will assess the groups not only on the technical aspects of their performance but also their engagement with language, skin-markings and traditional instruments.

There are many prizes to win!

First prize = $20,000

Runner up = $5,000

Best ‘Wild card’ dance = $3,000

Dance Rites Heats

Join us for the heats of the Dance Rites competition as hundreds of the greatest First Nations dancers from around Australia come together to share their cultural knowledge and compete to win!

DANCE RITES

A CELEBRATION OF FIRST NATIONS DANCE

Witness the powerful coming together of traditional customs and contemporary culture, with hundreds of First Nations dancers from around Australia and performers from around the world.

Join us on the forecourt, a First Nations meeting place for thousands of years, to share in this free festival of live dance, music and community. 

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3:45pm - 8pm, Nov 24 and 3:45pm - 5:30pm, Nov 25
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8:40pm, Nov 24 and 5:55pm, Nov 25
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Dance Rites 2018 Acknowledgements

We are especially grateful to our Founding Dance Rites Donors (*) for their commitment and ongoing generosity.

* Founding Dance Rites Donor  ^ Creative Music Fund Investor

Sydney Opera House acknowledges the generous support of ARROW, Dance Rites Foundation Partner.

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