Dance School Challenge

Do you have a story to tell? Want to tell it through dance? Created for dance schools and community groups who love the Story-Dance format, Wakakirri DSC is the ultimate event for those who take their Story Dancing seriously.

Each year schools in across Australia create Story Dances to perform in Professional Theatres for audiences of family, friends and the official National Panel searching for ‘Story of the Year’.

Wakakirri is the Ultimate Performing Arts endeavour for schools proven to develop student’s creative thinking, school and self-pride, teamwork, self worth and life skills.  Ultimately, the aim is to develop students’ career aspirations via an appreciation of the commitment needed to create a successful production.

A Wakakirri Story-Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students who theatrically tell a story using a combination of dancing, creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music. Schools can tell any story and use any combination of dance, creative movement, acting, music, live singing, props, costumes, sets and film projections. The possibilities are endless! Incorporate the annual signature item into the story for an extra challenge.

Performing in Wakakirri is an experience students never forget. Schools spend Show Day rehearsing and meeting other schools and that same night walk the Red Carpet with the Panel Reps and perform live on stage. Every school’s Story is filmed for Wakakirri TV as part of the Search for ‘Story of the Year’.

Wakakirri encourages schools to minimise their footprint when creating props and costumes for their performance and offers special Awards for schools that excel in this area.


The Victoria Dance Challenge Story of the Year is awarded $1000

Who can enter?

  • Dance school groups
  • Community Groups

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