Students take flight in “wonder-filled celebration”


Alice Can Dance — a major event on the local arts’ calendar — has attracted 11 schools this year.

The participants are Centralian Middle School, Ntaria, Owen Springs and Acacia Hill schools, Alice Springs School of the Air, Sadadeen, Ross Park, Bradshaw, Gillen, Braitling and Larapinta primary schools. Most schools will contribute 30 students to the non-competitive festival.

The eighth Alice Can Dance will be presented by Guts Dance, the Central Australian contemporary dance organisation working with schools to create and rehearse their performances.

Guts Dance co-founder Frankie Snowdon said the occasion is a “celebration of many young people doing something incredible together”.

“During the development and rehearsal period the GUTS choreographers will see anything from two to five groups of dancers a day, five days a week,” she said.

“The theme of this year’s Alice Can Dance is A day in the life, a topic that ties the schools to a common thematic base.

“We ask the children to bring their experiences and ideas into the mix, work with their peers to choreograph material, and master technical and often quite tricky movement sequences.

“The children use their different bodies and abilities as tools for story-telling, and for expressing their imaginations.

‘While we usually work with students 9 to 15 years old, we do get some really eager 7 or 8-year-old dancers. “Alice Can Dance has become known as a hilarious, tear-jerking, wonder-filled celebration of our youth.” Ms Snowdon said because of COVID-19 restrictions, Alice Can Dance will be filmed.

“Normally about 230 students would gather at the Araluen Theatre for two performances,” she said.

“This year, Alice Can Dance will be transformed into a 45-minute film for broadcast five times over two days.”

The extravaganza will be screened at the Araluen Theatre at 5:30 and 7:00pm on 16 October, and 4pm, 5:30pm and 7pm on 17 October.

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