Australian Tap Dance Festival

The 8th annual Australian Tap Dance Festival will shuffle into Melbourne this Spring, 28 September – 5 October, featuring a world class line-up of spectacular tappers on show at Australia’s premiere celebration of Tap.

The Australian Tap Dance Festival is the only festival of its kind in Australasia and offers an action-packed week of tap, choreography, masterclasses, lessons, battles, and seminars for all ages and skill levels. Culminating with a Gala event showcasing the highest caliber of tap talent, the festival runs at the renowned Ministry of Dance, a full accredited dance and training studio founded by acclaimed Australian dancer and choreographer Jason Coleman.

This year’s festival faculty features an exceptional line up of accomplished tap dancers including American headliner Omar Edwards – a 23- year tap veteran who has performed around the world and on Broadway in Bring Da Noise Bring in Da Funk along with appearances at the White House, the Hollywood Bowl, and on Showtime at the Apollo and the Ellen Degeneres television programs.

Other esteemed faculty include Winston Morrison (founder of Melbourne Tap Dance school and Australian Tap Dance Festival Director), Thomas Waddleton (international Australian performer trained under Tap Dogs founder Christopher Horsey), Bill Simpson (founder of Red Hot Rhythm performance group and school), Shane Preston (currently commissioned to create the Australian Teachers of Dance – ATOD organization ), Jack Egan (The Forge Tap Project), Eden Read (Opera Australia, The Space Dance & Arts Centre), Jessie Cram (Rhythm Tap Melbourne, Darren Disney (original Tap Dog dancer and funder of D3 Darren Disney Dance studio), Gary Stocks (former coryphée Australian Ballet), Tania Chodasewicz (Capitol Performance Studio Sydney) and Emma Wickham (creator of Footnotes tap troupe).

Each carefully selected faculty member will also be offering limited teaching residencies as well as performances for audiences. 2019’s Australian Tap Dance Festival’s weeklong program also includes exclusive one-off events such as the Clogging Association’s Intro Class, Rhythm Creations Jam Night, Future of Tap and Tap Trivia.

For more information visit australiantapdancefestival.com.au/ and theministryofdance.com.au/.

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January

This special development program will provide a handful of selected young artists with a unique opportunity to gain experience training and working within a small professional dance company.

July

So successful has been the premiere season of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical in Sydney that the producers have already announced it will return in July, 2019, at the Sydney Lyric, with tickets to go on sale from February 20, 2018.

September

West Side Story Opera Australia and GWB Entertainment present the BB Group production Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, West Side Story is the modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet.

October

Fun and creative dance classes led by Diane Busuttil in partnership with Dance for Parkinson’s Australia.

November

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) 2019 Graduation Season promises outstanding performances of both classical and contemporary dance.

Experience the next generation of performers from Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts college, NAISDA Dance College.

A dance music spectacular - performed by a cast of 50 from China Oriental Performing Arts Group.

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December

South Australians get ready for a night of highly Latin American and Spanish experience! Festival de Talentos!