Dance highlights tragedy

What does the Hillsborough disaster in England on 15 April, 1989, and the 2017 mid-September Berwick Lodge Primary School dance event have in common?

The answer is Wakakirri – an Australian story-dance festival for primary and secondary school students.  Every year, the Wakakirri festival inspires and motivates hundreds of schools to tell – or retell – great stories in the form of dance.

From fairy tales to swashbuckling adventures, Wakakirri has it all.  But this year, Berwick Lodge Primary School’s Performing Arts teacher Lorraine Montgomery decided to do something a little different.

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Courtesy of Berwick News – 31st August, 2017

Port Lincoln students prepare Wakakirri performances

Port Lincoln Primary School is getting ready to tell another story through music and dance in this year’s Wakakirri performances.

Port Lincoln Primary School has been involved with Wakakirri for a number of years and performances have covered a number of topics including environmentalism, expressing yourself, bullying, video games and the stolen generation.

Courtesy of the Port Lincoln Times – 13th June, 2017

School students tell stories through Wakakirri dance

Students from Hunter schools will share their stories through dance in the annual Wakakirri national arts event next week.  Works range from wholly original stories to book adaptations and classic tales reworked.

“The most exciting thing about Wakakirri is seeing the kids so positively engaged and witnessing all of their hard work creating amazing stories,” festival director Adam Loxley said.

Port Stephens students, along with those from Cessnock, Tarro and Wallsend South public schools plus Lambton, Kurri Kurri high schools and Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi Campus, will perform their dances at Civic Theatre, Newcastle on Wednesday, August 30.

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Courtesy of the Newcastle Herald – 28th August, 2017

Holy Trinity Lutheran School to compete at Wakakirri finals

HORSHAM’S Holy Trinity Lutheran School is through to the finals of a national dance competition.  The school travelled to Geelong last week to compete in Wakakirri. The competition involves telling a story through a performance.  Teacher Mark Busbridge said students would now compete in the finals in Melbourne on September 18.

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Courtesy of The Wimmera Mail-Times – 28th August, 2017

Marulan Public School performs dance with a message

Marulan Public School has performed in Australia’s largest story-dance festival.

Marulan Public School principal Marianne Powles said the school has a proud tradition of participation and success at Wakakirri over the last decade.

“This year, Marulan Public School performed at Wollongong on Friday, August 18,” she said.

“They performed an item about the impact of plastic bags on the environment.

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Courtesy of the Goulburn Post, 21st August, 2017