Presented by Ausdance Victoria

The big dance


Suitable for

Teachers, Year All year levels

Subject areas

Performing arts, Professional Learning, Physical Education, Indigenous histories and cultures, Dance

Calling all dance teachers – you and your students have the opportunity to be part of the 2019 Arts Learning Festival closing performance.


Following the success of Ausdance Victoria’s Big Dance, we are giving teachers first access to learn the Big Dance in a workshop in November 2018, ahead of the festival.


Teachers will become the leaders of their group, allowing them to incorporate it into their curriculum in Term 1, 2019 and teach their students the Big Dance.


Teachers and their students will join Ausdance and community members to perform the Big Dance on 4 May 2019, bring the 2019 festival to close.


The Arts Learning Festival is presented by Independent Schools Victoria. The Big Dance is part of the festival’s Schools’ Program, which has more than 20 events with deep links to the curriculum. You can explore the program on the festival website.


The Big Dance is choreographed by acclaimed choreographers Frances Rings and Craig Bary, with original music by Huey Benjamin. This beautiful choreography has elements of Indigenous contemporary dance, and carries the theme of unity.


What you will get from this workshop:


  • learn the Big Dance, along with ways to modify the choreography to suit all abilities
  • teaching guides and notes to include Big Dance as part of your teaching plan
  • professional Learning session with Ausdance Victoria’s Director of Education and Lifelong Learning, Dr Katrina Rank. In addition to a background in education and dance, Katrina works extensively within the creative aging space.


Registration: Free – registration essential as limited spots available.


Secure your spot by registering through TryBooking here.


You can watch a video about Big Dance events in Melbourne and Sydney here. You can also learn more on the Big Dance website.


For more information or if you have any questions, please get in touch with Sasha Leong.

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  • Wed 28 November 2018
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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111 Sturt Street, Southbank


Chunky Move is at 111 Sturt Street, Southbank.


The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past the venue – get off at Stop 18. You can also catch any tram down St Kilda Road — jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a three -minute walk.


The nearest train station Flinders Street Station, and it’s a 12-minute walk to the Malthouse.


There’s limited street parking, and nearby car parks in the arts precinct.