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“Contemporary dance doesn’t
always have to be beautiful,” says
Annette Carmichael, the producer
behind Future Landings, a dance
initiative that is changing the
cultural landscape of WA regional
communities. “It has the capacity to
show negative things going on in the
community that need to be seen.”
Think Karratha tradies dancing to
expel stereotypes, or lonely
‘mining mums’ in Ravensthorpe
connecting with retirees and farmers.
Various regional towns, until Oct.
Lindy Hop classes
1 Swing It!
Subiaco 0407 086 863, swingit.com.au .
2 Swing Zing!
Fremantle, Applecross, Mt Hawthorn, swingzing.com.
3 Something Savoy
Joondalup, Maylands 0423 171 024, somethingsavoy.com.
4 Simply Swing Beeliar
Rockingham (08) 9592 7046, simplyswing.com.au.
5 Swing Dance Academy
Victoria Park, Innaloo, Fremantle 0402 556 956,
dancers mash up ballet,
contemporary dance, street
dance and hip-hop for an
Expect hits from Shakira,
Beyonce and Prince on the
soundtrack. Crown Perth,
Jul 30-Aug 3.
This non-verbal dance
musical is a celebration
of rhythm. Performers use
objects from brooms to
trash cans to make music
that will get your toes
tapping. Regal Theatre,
BALLET – SWAN LAKE
The Russian St Petersburg
Ballet Theatre performs the
world’s most famous ballet.
According to producer
Andrew Guild, “If you see
only one ballet in your life,
let it be this. ” His Majesty’s
Theatre, Jul 31-Aug 8.
A FESTIVAL OF
Three acts make up
this stunning spectacle
of Russian ballet: The
Nutcracker, Bolero, and
highlights from the world’s
greatest ballets like Giselle
and Carmen. The Regal
Theatre, Sep 5-8.
The King of Pop lives on
in a show with amazing
choreography that pays
homage to the original
You’re at your 40th birthday party. People are
standing, a little awkwardly, as they sip champagne.
The music’s playing and a few people are swaying
halfheartedly. Suddenly, a disco song erupts from
the speakers and forty of your stiff, suited-up friends
break out in an energetic, synchronised dance. That’s
just what happened to a high-profile Cottesloe man
this year, after his wife hired Kathy McPherson of
Flash Mob Dance Parties to organise a surprise flash
mob for his party. Kathy, a choreographer who was
previously a cabaret dancer and ran an African-funk
dance company, organised her first flash mob for a
friend’s party. The response was overwhelming, and
she realised there was a demand for this icebreaker.
Flash Mob Dance Parties 0416 642 490.
“Lindy Hop was created during the Great
Depression by the African Americans as
a way to forget their troubles and enjoy
life. The energy is still strong in the dance
and the music,” says Shane McCarthy of
Swing It!, who is credited with bringing
the super-upbeat dance to Perth.
Forty dancers from STEPS Youth Dance Company
perform in this triple bill of exciting new works as part of
the Winter Arts Festival. Studio Underground, Aug 3-4.
Moonwalker. Perth Arena,
It’s double unrequited love
when an aristocrat rejects
a woman only to realise
she’s his true love. This
performance will appeal
to the heart of any tragic
romantic. His Majesty’s
Theatre, Sep 20-Oct 5.
WA DANCE AWARDS
These awards honour
the best of WA dance,
stars within the areas
service, teaching and
community. State Theatre
Centre, Nov 27.
The WA Ballet puts on a
magical production about
the eternal boy who just
won’t grow up. The beloved
children’s classic springs to
life with stunning dancing
and designs inspired by
picture books. His Majesty’s
Theatre, Nov 22-Dec 15.
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