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What is Dance Rites?

Dance Rites is Australia’s national Indigenous dance competition which aims to ensure important cultural knowledge including language, dance, skin markings and instruments is shared from one generation to the next. 

Registrations are now open for Dance Rites 2018, in which a gathering of dance groups from across the nation will come together to share their traditional culture and compete for a $20,000 prize. 

The winners will also have the opportunity to perform at Dance Rites 2019. The runner up will receive a prize of $5,000, and the group with the highest scored Wildcard Dance will receive a prize of $3,000.

Dance Rites celebrates the continued cultural dance practices of Australia’s first peoples. The competition is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities who have or would like to develop a dance group. Each group will present a welcome and farewell dance, one of which must include a chant in local language. The third dance is to be your group’s Wildcard Dance. This dance can be a traditional dance or a fusion piece combining traditional moves with contemporary sounds. 

Dance Rites is a free,  public, outdoor celebration of First Nations culture.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

 

Image: Dan Boud.

Registrations now open

Registration for the competition is now open and will close at midnight on Friday 28 September 2018 AEST. 

1.   Download the Dance Rites information sheet and terms and conditions here.

2.  Register online here or contact the Dance Rites team on 0407 535 111 or via dancerites@sydneyoperahouse.com to receive a registration pack via email or post. 

On receiving your registration the Dance Rites team will contact you to provide further information and support. We can provide fundraising ideas, workshop opportunities and logistical support. 

Dance Rites 2018 will take place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November, 2018.

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

Idealists

Alexandra Martin
The Penn Foundation ^
Crispin Rice 
Janne Ryan *^ 

Inner Circle of Friends

Shar Adams ^
Albert Fisher Family Trust
Michael & Janie Austin
Tony & Dara Bridgewater
Annabelle Chapman
33 Creative 
Shamal & Kate Dass ^
Toni Frecker & Alex Burger
Ryissa Fogarty *
Joanne Jakovich ^
Leone & Matthew Lorrimer
Jane Kift *
James & Claire Kirby Family Fund
Jean McPherson
Martin Portus *^
Regal Health Group *^
Lindy Ryan ^
Bronwyn Simons *
Susan Spencer *^
Stephen Wells ^
Fiona Winning

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

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