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Big dance comes to CBCity

Big dance comes to CBCity Dust off your dancing shoes – the Big Dance is coming to Canterbury-Bankstown for the first time! Yes  

Dust off your dancing shoes – the Big Dance is coming to Canterbury-Bankstown for the first time!

The Big Dance is a free participatory dance festival, aimed at celebrating dance for all ages and abilities, and connecting communities across the globe.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown is one of only eight cities across Sydney to join the dance movement, providing event organisers, Ausdance NSW and Ausdance Victoria, with rehearsal space at Bankstown Arts Centre.

Workshops are scheduled on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 20 March, 11.30am-1pm;
  • Wednesday 21 March, 6.30-8pm; and
  • Friday 23 March, 10-11am.

Participants will learn the choreography from a familiar face, with choreographer, dancer and regular instructor at the Arts Centre, Beatriz Occhiuzzi, running the workshops.

Ms Occhiuzzi said she’s most excited to teach the Big Dance workshop scheduled for Friday 23 March, as it will run in conjunction with her regular Dance 4 Parkinson's class.

"Our Dance 4 Parkinson's class has a wide variety of dances, each purposely designed to focus on things like breathing and hand dexterity," the Campsie dance teacher of 20 years explained.

"I always include a seated component, so participants can dance irrespective of their mobility levels.

"The Big Dance and Dance 4 Parkinson's are a perfect fit for each other. They are both about sharing the joy of music and movement. Dance is food for the soul – it’s a beautiful way of connecting people."

The Big Dance finale event will be held at Cathedral Square on 28 April, where thousands of participants are expected to perform the dance together. It will be live-streamed to other Big Dance events throughout the world, including London and Glasgow.

Mayor Khal Asfour said the Big Dance is all about involving all Canterbury-Bankstown residents to experience the joys of dance.

"The choreography has been designed to be achievable by all – it’s only five minutes, you don’t need to have any dance experience and it’s accessible," Mayor Asfour said.

"This is the first year Australia is hosting the Big Dance, so we want to show the world how talented Canterbury-Bankstown is!"

The workshops are free but registrations are essential. For more information, or to register for the workshops, visit

 13/03/2018 3:56 PM