We All Dance is the largest community engagement project QPAC has undertaken as part of the QPAC International Series.
We All Dance is about creating and sharing stories through the language of dance and movement. Our bodies and the way we carry and use them in our everyday lives projects our history, experiences and ideas and allows us to interact with other people and the world in unique and individual ways.
From March to July 2017, community participants from Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Caboolture and Cairns worked with local teaching artists and two teaching artists from The Royal Ballet, David Pickering and Liz Foster.
We All Dance explored dance and movement from hip hop to ballet, and incorporated opportunities for self-expression, skill development and performance. The program also delivered professional development for the teaching artists and partner community organisations.
We All Dance culminated in two public performances. One at QPAC (Brisbane) featuring dancers from The Royal Ballet alongside community participants, and another performance in Cairns which took place before The Royal Ballet’s Cairns Gala Performance.
We All Dance contributed to the health and well-being of communities. Community organisations helping to make the We All Dance program accessible across the selected communities included:
Visit the gallery below to hear from communities about how We All Dance had an impact on participants.
Teaching Artists played a vital role in the design and delivery of We All Dance. They provided the creative and educational leadership within local workshops, guiding and supporting participants to create, learn, and dance.
The Teaching Artists collaborating on We All Dance were: Nerida Matthaei, Pauline Lampton, Sandi Woo, Sammie Williams, Yenenesh Nigusse, Sally Wicks, Timothy Brown, Veronica Vivian, Velvet Eldred, Rebecca Youdell, Rita Pryce, Charlie Mallie, Shellie Bin-Garape, Kirstie Beatson and Kate Ryan.
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