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Calling all dancers aged 12 and above in South Australia! You're invited to work with world famous choreographer Stephanie Lake, director of the acclaimed Stephanie Lake Company, to dance in the opening night event of the 2025 Adelaide Festival. This will be the world premiere of an outdoor dance piece showcasing the talent of South Australian dancers.

Jointly commissioned by Adelaide Festival and The Australian Ballet, where Stephanie is currently Resident Choreographer, the show needs 1000 dancers who enjoy and participate in dance classes of any style to take part – think contemporary, ballet, hip hop, street Latin, swing, tap, ballroom, Bharatanatyam, jazz and more – whatever their skill level or experience.

Adelaide Festival invites dance classes or schools interested in teaching the choreography to their students, as well as individuals, to take part. All registrations can be made here.

Stephanie Lake has a track record of creating large-scale participatory dance works such as 2020’s Multiply. Conceived during the pandemic to promote connections to people living in one of the world’s most locked-down cities, Multiply featured 400 Melbourne dancers who learned the choreography online and performed it in socially distanced settings.

Stephanie’s most recent Adelaide Festival appearance was with her critically-acclaimed work Manifesto in 2022. Commissioned by Adelaide Festival, it has since toured nationally to Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth and premiered at Germany’s Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen festival in June 2023. It has also been featured at the Auckland Festival and more recently in Madrid, Spain and Châlons-en-Champagne, France.

Interested dance schools and individuals can register here, with more information to be sent in July 2024.

Image credits:
1) Stephanie Lake Company, Multiply, 2020, photographer Daybreak Films; 2) Arts Centre Melbourne, Colossus, 2018, photographer Mark Gambino.