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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 10, 2022

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Dance Gladiators set to take over Brisbane Festival

Dance Gladiators set to take over Brisbane Festival

| On 28, Aug 2020

From September 19, dancers from The Common Dance People Project will take over Brisbane Festival in a series of over the top dance routines, to all of your favourite 80’s and 90’s tracks.

Led by dancer and choreographer Neridah Waters, dance gladiator teams from around Brisbane, will battle it out to see which dance team is the best. The humorous take on dance eisteddfods will see 140 people aged 4-80, compete against one another from all around Brisbane.

Most people think dance is serious, but The Common Dance People Project hosts dance workshops and classes every day of the week in various locations around Brisbane, so that anyone can come together in the community, discover the joy of learning big choreographed group routines, and lose themselves in dance.

“Some are people that used to dance professionally, others are participants that have never danced before. We have participants that are doctors, front line workers, some dads, ex professional dancers, lawyers, KFC workers, Mums that haven’t danced in 20 years, fire fighters, students and principals,” said Neridah.


Having started dancing at the age of 5, Neridah knew she loved to be on stage. “I got given this ballet book of this girl going to class and then being on stage at the end. And I thought, I want to do that. I did ballet and jazz from 5–15 and I really only enjoyed the end of year performance. I was more interested in the communication between the performer and the audience. When I finished high school I fell more in love with theatre and drama.”

With an extensive performance and choreography career, including working internationally and with companies such as La Boite, Queensland Theatre and Playlab, Neridah now works to give anyone the experience of being on stage.

“I fell in love with working and facilitating local community projects. I wanted to bring all of that skill area I have, to local communities.”

“People will be blown away by how funny, ridiculous and entertaining the show is. The judges feedback is hilarious. Last year one of the judges said “the energy was high and so are the camel toes”.

With elaborate costumes to match, the pieces will feature different teams representing Salt-N-Pepa inspired costumes, glittery sequins, Prince inspired pieces and sparkly catsuits. Audiences can be set to feel the energy in the room and be transported to a different time.

The Common Dance People Project will also lead Brisbane through the Socially Distanced Dance Club, where every Friday night, anyone can solo dance in a four-square metre space as you shimmy through dance crazes across the ages.

With so a range of performances and dance opportunities, get ready to feel inspired to put on your dancing shoes and boogie!

What The Common Dance People Project at Brisbane Festival
When Starting September 19
Duration 60 mins no interval
Where South Bank Piazza
Cost $25