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Big Dance! Big Joy!

Bega’s Showground Pavilion, the forecourt of Port Macquarie’s Glasshouse, and Sydney Opera House will erupt with dance on Sunday 13 July as Australia takes part for the first time in the world’s biggest dance event – Big Dance.

Dancers at the three venues will join with people in London and Glasgow for the biennial event that has grown quickly since its inception in 2006 into an international dance sensation with more than two million people around the world taking part.

Ausdance NSW is partnering with Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Opera House and Big Dance UK as well as South East Arts and fLiNG Physical Theatre in Bega and Arts Mid North Coast and The Glasshouse in Port Macquarie for the event.

Ausdance NSW Director, Michelle Silby says the aim is to roll the event out across all of NSW with all states and territories in 2016 with the intention to build a Big Dance festival as an event during the Commonwealth Games in 2018 on the Gold Coast.

Presented this year by Sydney Dance Company as part of its 45th anniversary celebration, this year’s Big Dance, is a pilot for future national Big Dance events.

Dancers from the two NSW regional towns and the Sydney dancers have been rehearsing the choreography created by Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela.

‘I am honoured to create the choreography for this incredible international event that presents the opportunity for the joy of dance to be shared with the wider community,’ Bonachela says.

‘I just love to dance and believe everyone can have that feeling at any age, and I  have created a piece that is both fun and accessible. Nor is it about technique or precision: it is just about energy, movement and bridging the distance between us all.’

Bonachela’s new five minute short dance work will also premiere at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday.

Big Dance Port Macquarie runs from 9am-10am and Big Dance Bega from 11am-12pm.