Wakakirri to Inspire Next Generation

Prominent members of the entertainment industry will be sharing insights with the next generation of Australian stars at Wakakirri’s Performing Arts Careers Day at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) on Monday, May 28.

A free event for secondary students in Victoria, schools are invited to bring along a team of students and teachers to a special day where they will be inspired, encouraged and informed about what it takes to succeed in the entertainment industry.

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Courtesy of Dance Informa, May 14th, 2018.

Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge coming to Ulumbarra on July 31

The Wakakirri Challenge is encouraging schools to create story dances for its Ulumbarra performance in July.  Involving more than 20,000 students from all around Australia, the Story Dance Challenge sees schools create work based on their students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations.

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Courtesy of Bendigo Advertiser, 11th April, 2018.
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School makes a big splash on the national stage

Students and teachers from Chapel Hill State School have overcome fierce opposition from across every state and sector to win the largest performing arts event for schools in Australia.  The 90-strong Chapel Hill SS team, supported by a dedicated group of nine teachers, took the prize with “Turning Heads, Making Waves”, the story of swimmers Cate and Bronte Campbell, from their childhood in Malawi through to winning 4×100 metre freestyle relay gold at the Rio Olympics.

Looking back to February 2017 when the road to the finals began, music teacher Bridget Cook recalled: “We decided that we wanted to tell a story about inspirational women, and the Campbells were actually students at this school, so we thought we’d tell their story.

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Courtesy of Queensland Teachers’ Journal, February 2018 (Volume 123)

Dedicated performing arts teachers do a better job

Wakakirri is Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools. The Artist in Residence (AIR) Program is our in-house program that provides schools with a performing arts teacher to guide students in creating their Story Dance leading up to and including the performance night. Many schools do not have a dedicated performing arts teacher, and studies show that students have a richer experience with the arts when their teachers are confident and skilled in specialist arts teaching.

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Courtesy of Education Today, Term 1 2018.

Music Matters School Concert Series with Reservoir High School

Wakakirri National Co-ordinator Angela Zangari, along with Damian Seddon and Vivian Than from Reservoir High School speak about this year’s Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge.

Hear the full interview here.  (NB: This is a one hour program. To listen to the Wakakirri interview, go to 45.14 – 55.43 minutes.)

Courtesy of Primary Perspectives by SBN (School Broadcasting Network Inc), 3MDR – 97.1FM.  22nd August, 2017.

Warilla Public put the whack in Wakakirri

Primary and secondary schools took part in the annual Wakakirri story dance challenge on Friday.

The competition was held at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, and many local schools, including Warilla Public School, were excited to tell their story in front of hundreds.

The Wakakirri story dance challenge involves schools telling a story by using a blend of drama, dance, creative movement and props.

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Courtesy of University of Wollongong TV Multimedia – 1st September, 2017

Wakakirri celebrating 25 years of sharing stories

What started out as an event staged with a handful of primary schools at Sutherland Entertainment Centre in Sydney in 1992 has grown into a national event with more than 250 primary and secondary schools participating last year. Wakakirri is now Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools.

The Aboriginal word Wakakirri means ‘to dance a story’ according to the Wangaaypuwan people from Cobar NSW. It was chosen to give the event an Australian feel. The Story Dance Challenge invites students to tell a story of their choice using a combination of creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music.

Wakakirri has been designed to be accessible for every Australian school and every Australian school child. This goal will be fully realized in 2017 when the Secondary Challenge expands nationally for the first time.

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Courtesy of Education Today – Term 1, 2017

National honours for St Martin’s Wakakirri entry

A TOUCHING performance about homelessness has won St Martin’s Primary School, Carina, this year’s Environmental Category at the annual National Wakakirri Festival.  St Martin’s entry, ‘Love in Action’, revolved around one girl’s need to make a difference after seeing a homeless man while staring out of a window.

The Year 6 students came together to write the story, choreograph the whole thing, build the props, make the costumes and practice for hours in preparation for the competition.  They imagined what it would be like to be homeless, living on the streets, being invisible to those around you, having little or no food to eat.

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Courtesy of Brisbane Catholic Education, 2017

Tuggerah Lakes dancers are NSW champions

Seventy students from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College danced their way to a place in the national final of the Wakakirri Story Dance Festival, after being crowned NSW champions, with their performance ‘Define Smart’, on Thursday, September 7.

With only seven minutes to convey a complete story, the students from Years 7-10 used movement and props to explore the notion that standardised tests, exam scores and their data, capture the essence of intelligence. The performance encouraged the audience to see the myriad of ways that aptitude and excellence can be demonstrated through careers as diverse as construction workers to prima ballerinas.

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Courtesy of Coast Community News – 15th September, 2017