Regional Workshop Tour 2017 \\
Dancenorth’s recent Regional Workshop Tour 2017 was a truly exciting and uplifting time of dancing and engaging with young people through dance. Dancenorth is connecting with more and more schools each year (primary, secondary and dance organisations) offering 36 highly engaging dance workshops to 950 participants over the course of the 3-week road tour. The community enrichment team were struck by seeing the students gain a sense of accomplishment, trying new things and taking up the challenge of a contemporary dance workshop. Re-visiting schools on the inland and coastal loops to promote creative thinking while building on skills was a highlight, particularly seeing the buddying up of participants and the smiley active learning happening in a dance class, often held in 40 degree heat on a basketball court!
We were warmly welcomed for the first time to the Atherton Tablelands, this happy community spread the word locally of our presence, with requests for our return in 2018. During the Tablelands loop we welcomed Emmeline Tardy (Dancenorth’s marketing intern from Nice, France) who captured photos, documenting the success.
We were greatly impressed by the progressive dance organisations and schools, along with some of the more remote schools who have little to no dance activity in their curriculum, meeting the challenge with great enthusiasm.
“My son never tells me what happens at school, he arrived home and started showing me the dance and talked about what he experienced; we need more of this in our community.” -a student’s mother
“It was an awesome dance and human experience to attend and be involved in the Regional workshop tour! I discovered more Dancenorth's community events and that was so great to share with children, teenagers, adults and teachers our love of dance which is so communicative!” -Emmeline Tardy
Twilight \\ Premiere October 2015
Twilight will take you from dusk to dark on a dance and music journey through the winding pathways of Jezzine Barracks to celebrate its special magic at the twilight hour. A multi-site performance featuring over 150 performers from the Townsville community in ten short performance episodes across ten sites, Twilight has a surprise for you at every twist and turn of the ‘twilight’ walk we have mapped out for you.
This Dancenorth production celebrates the 30th anniversary of the company and has been conceived and created by founding artistic director Cheryl Stock, in collaboration with acclaimed Malaysian composer and musical director Ng Chor Guan, cultural engagement facilitator Susan van den Ham and the Dancenorth performers.
Contributing to this diverse and enchanting program are local Indigenous performers, dance students from Pimlico and Kirwan High Schools, Kith and Kin disability group, Forever Young 60 + dancers, Waasa drumming group, parkour surprises, and the popular Aquapella choir along with players of Barrier Reef Orchestra.