Dancers step up for Kwinana Dance Festival


Lyra Senkelblam (7) and Lucie Farquharson (6), from Dance Headquarters, perform in the under-7s Acro Duo.
Lyra Senkelblam (7) and Lucie Farquharson (6), from Dance Headquarters, perform in the under-7s Acro Duo.

DANCE schools have stepped it up for the biggest-ever Kwinana Dance Festival, which is being held at the Koorliny Arts Centre until October 4.

Now in its 26th year, the festival gives dancers of all ages the chance to showcase their skills in a variety of dance forms, including classical, jazz, tap, acro, hip-hop, contemporary and slow modern.

The festival has attracted entrants from more than 30 dance schools, with more than 1700 performances from solo, duo/trio and group acts rounding out the event.

The festival is adjudicated by Justin McNamara.

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Centre manager Kate McIntosh said this year’s festival was continuing its reputation as a friendly competition.

“I hope that all involved enjoy the spirit of the festival and see it not only as a competition, but as a chance to learn from a variety of people,” she said.

Winners are announced at the end of each item, with perpetual trophies awarded at a winners’ concert on October 5.