Why see live dance?
You may love one of the classic dance movies, such as Dirty Dancing or Strictly Ballroom, or be addicted to the reality TV shows Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance, but nothing beats the thrill of a live dance performance. You want to be able to feel the beat of the music vibrating in your bones, hear the panting of the dancer’s breath, see the sweat glisten on their body – that’s when you know how hard they are working and you can really appreciate the beauty and drama of the art.
Any form of live dance should be exciting enough to inspire you, whether that’s watching professionals in a ballroom competition, admiring the chorus in a musical, seeing a dance troupe in a street act or even witnessing a flashmob.
Whatever show you see, look for the universal focus of attention, as well as the individual stylising, because no two people will move the same regardless of identical choreography. Spot the differences in the performance, and use it to find your own interpretation of the moves when you dance.
Where to go?
Sydney has more opportunities to watch live dance than there are days of the week, no matter what your budget. Whether you want to see the variety of dance troupes performing regularly at the Riverside Theatres, Sydney Theatre and Seymour Centre, or prefer something a little more surreal with the Bollywood Authentic Indian Dance Sydney Harbour Cruise, there’s something for everyone.
Melbourne also offers a wide variety of live dance shows, from seeing a classical ballet company at the Palais Theatre, diverse home-grown ballet repertoires at Southbank, the unique Assuit and Tie Belly Dance Club at Wonderland Spiegeltent, the annual Latin festival at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre or the history of Chinese culture in Shen Yun at The Arts Centre.
In Adelaide the Rockit Performing Arts group are active with a variety of street dances and special needs classes, or you could always appear in a flash mob at the dance pad during the Adelaide Fringe. The large Adelaide Festival Centre is a perfect venue for full-scale productions, and of course the Wonderland Ballroom offers a great calendar of competitions and socials alike. If you just can’t resist a bit of Hollywood glamour, you can always catch a show at the open air cinema at Botanic Park, where they have previously played Swayze’s star turn in Dirty Dancing.
You dance a dance class
Once you’re inspired, take that passion into the classroom, at Arthur Murray our dance instructors feel it too and will help you translate your enthusiasm into interpreting the set steps to carve your own niche as a dancer.
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