daCi/WDA Media Release

Australians will be participating soon in the 2012 Global Dance Summit: Dance, Young People and Change!

The 2012 Global Dance Summit will be held in Taipei from July 14 – 20, 2012.

Many Australians, including leaders and dancers from QL2 (ACT), Steps (WA) and Kurruru (SA) youth dance companies, are travelling soon to Taiwan for the first Global Dance Summit that focuses on young people.

Dance, Young People and Change will bring together young people, their parents and educators from across the world to reflect on key issues and to point to future directions for dance in young people’s lives.

“This will be the first time that an international dance summit for young people and their teachers has been held in Asia. It’s the result of a unique international collaboration between dance and the Child International (daCi) and the World Dance Alliance (WDA)” says Australian member of the International Executive Organising Committee Jeff Meiners from the University of South Australia.

Ausdance National Director Julie Dyson notes: “This is a unique opportunity for Australians to meet and work together with international colleagues and participate in the Global Dance Summit at the acclaimed School of Dance of Taipei National University of the Arts.”

Young people from far-ranging countries will participate in opening and closing events, taster classes offering different ‘dance flavours’ from around the world, share their own performances, and work together in creative workshops and discussions about the importance of dance in their lives.

Teachers can attend masterclasses, presentations by international keynote speakers, and share in over 200 presentations. They will exchange ideas about approaches to dance learning, teaching and curriculum for young people.

All the Global Summit participants will be energised by dance and dancers from around the world, including an exciting Taiwanese cultural program for young people, and performances each evening with the International Festival of Dance Academies.

Visit the website for the daily program

Hosted by Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) School Of Dance, the Global Summit is led by world dance organisations dance and the Child International (daCi) and the World Dance Alliance (WDA).

Trailer of 2012 IFDA.