Toe-tapping joy of dance drags in crowd

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Dancers from A Nights Out took Pport Hedliand residents through their paces with a dancing workshop.
Camera IconDancers from A Nights Out took Pport Hedliand residents through their paces with a dancing workshop. Credit: Alexander Scott

The joy of dancing was celebrated in Port Hedland last week as a five-member dance troupe swung into town for a dance extravaganza.

The performance, A Night Out, created by award-winning choreographer Natalie Allen, took the audience at the Matt Dann Theatre last Thursday on a journey of social dance over the last 100 years.

The show demonstrated different styles, from Charleston, waltz, and tango to hip-hop, and featured music from Michael Jackson, Destiny’s Child, Glenn Miller, and Salt N Pepper.

Before the show began, a workshop was held with community members to remind them how dancing brings people together.

Performer Thomas Fonua who performed in drag as Kween Kong said the purpose of the event was to look at dancing from different ways.

“We look at communal dance, and how it used to bring people together, we also look at dancing for expression with interpretive dance,” he said.

“At the end, we look at it as the ultimate expression, and that’s when the drag comes in handy, its lots of different ways of looking at dancing as a tool.”

Mr Fonua said for many people, dance is a form of expression, and the show allowed people to reconnect with dance.

“The workshops are designed to get into the community, and we take them through what we do in the show,” he said.

Mr Fonua said they also worked with students from the local schools, and it reminded the performers of why they began dancing in the first place: “It’s because you loved to do it.”

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