Next Monday night a group of students from Lyndale Greens Primary School will be participating in the highly acclaimed – Wakakkiri dance festival. I would like to wish all of the students the best for their performance. It has taken many weeks of rehearsals to prepare the students for their exciting performance.
Established in 1992, Wakakirri is Australia’s largest Story Dance Festival, involving over 20,000 students across every State and Territory each year.
Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create Story Dances for Wakakirri that reflect their students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations. These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official ‘Wakakirri Panel’ who are searching for ‘Story of the Year’. Over 1 million people watch Wakakirri performances each year. Performing in Wakakirri is an experience students never forget. Schools spend show day rehearsing and meeting other schools and that same night walk the red carpet with the Wakakirri Panel and perform on the big stage.
The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through the creating and sharing of stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness
What is a Story-Dance?
A Wakakirri Story Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students that theatrically tells a story using a combination of dancing, acting and creative movement to pre-recorded music
What does Wakakirri Mean?
The Aboriginal word Wakakirri means ‘to dance a story’ according to Wangaaypuwan people from Cobar NSW. It was chosen to give the event a distinctly Australian feel.
Thank you to Ms. Taryn Smith, Ms. Daisy Frey, Mr. Boonstra, Ms. Dymond, Mrs. Hicks and Ms. Siri for all of their outstanding work and commitment preparing the students for their exciting performance.