Our Dance School regularly attends and supports local community events, including
- the Colac KANA Parade
- the Colac KANA Community Stage
- Colac Otway Shire Mayoral Receptions and other formal events
- other local benefit events, such as Fundraising events for those affected by the Black Saturday Bushfires.
We are more than happy to discuss any further opportunities to become involved in other Community Events - please feel free to contact us if you are organising an event.
MARCH 2011 saw around 150 students from the Jazz It Up Colac Dance School participate in the local KANA Day Celebrations, which is an all ages all abilities event founded in 1957 with a mission to give the community a space and opportunity to empower, entertain and educate. Our Dance School has performed in the KANA Day Celebrations every year for the last fourteen years, and will continue to do so in future years.
With the theme "A Bug’s Life" in the 2011 Parade, our Dancers dressed up as Flys, Spiders, Butterflys, Frogs, and other weird and wonderful creatures to walk or ride on the float down Murray Street. We then performed a special 20 minute presentation that showcased some of our dance moves and encouraged the audience of around 300 people to get up and dance along with us.
In May 2011 our "Jazz It Up" Colac Dance School Performance Group was privileged to be asked to dance an item to open the Anam Cara House fundraiser Black and White Ball. Many of the regions influential business people and politicians were in attendance, and most of them had not seen our dancers perform before. The girls burned up the floor with a burlesque routine that absolutely sizzled, leaving many of the audience with the impression they had just seen the sort of show they would expect in some of Melbourne’s higher class venues.
The girls were joined on stage by Steven Gill, playing the role of a bad bikie on a custom-made motorcycle that was auctioned during the night, with all funds raised going towards the Anam Cara House charity.
Our girls all loved the experience and are looking forward to performing for other similar events in the future.
This item has been recreated to fit onto the stage during our End of Year Performances.
Sunday August 7 2011, the biggest stage in Geelong, with the Geelong Supercats Mens SEABL basketball team playing against the Dandenong Rangers in an attempt to seal their 14th consecutive appearance in the conference play-offs. At Half Time, with the scores tied, the lights were switched off and Total Events took control of the court, with around 45 dancers from the "Jazz It Up" Colac Dance School performing with 2 Shufflers from ExistDance Hip Hop Skool for a 7 minute high energy half time dance performance that had the basketball players and even the local cheerleaders lining the sides of the court clapping along!
Combined with new electronic flashing tee shirts ordered specifically for this performance, and specialized production equipment supplied by Total Events, this performance to "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO had the audience standing and cheering in their seats, and has resulted in offers to perform at other events that are outside of our normal local area.
Guess what? You get to see some of this piece during our End of Year Performances. Watch out for our Shufflers - their dance skills are sharp!!
Without a doubt the highlight of the 2011 Splash!Dance Festival for Geelong Dancers is the presentation of the Showcases at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC). With dance schools from Geelong performing for almost six hours to present a Junior Showcase and a Senior Showcase , it was the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that regional dance schools have skills comparable to their big-city sisters.
Our Performance Group re-performed the piece from the Anam Cara ball, and were easily one of the best groups on stage. The feedback from other dance schools at GPAC was awesome, as they all congratulated us on a great dance performance. Tegan Braid also participated in a range of workshops during the Festival, and performed an item on stage as part of the Showcase.