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Wakikirri 2017

At our school we have an Arts lesson once a week which combines music, dance and drama. We have also for the last 3 years competed in the Wakakirri National Dance Story competition. In 2016 we were a National Finalist and this year we also won 6 Performance awards and a State Award.
Established in 1992, Wakakirri is Australia’s largest Story-Dance Festival, involving over 20,000 students across every State and Territory each year.
Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect their students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations. These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official ‘Wakakirri Panel’ who are searching for ‘Story of the Year’. Over 1 million people watch Wakakirri performances each year.
Early in Term One 143 students at Weir State School auditioned for the school’s dance team and 20 auditioned to be a crew member. The student’s selected would go on to compete in the annual Wakakirri Dance Story Competition in Mackay. Competition for a place in the Wakakirri team was fierce with only 50 spots available. For 3 months the team rehearsed four hours per week. Staff also painted props and made many costumes for the performance.
As you can imagine it was expensive exercise to get all of our students, props and costumes from Townsville to Mackay. Lots of fundraising was necessary.
This year our original dance story ASPIRE was created to encourage our students to dream big and realise their potential. It followed the classroom teacher helping her bored and uninterested class believe in themselves and look forward to an amazing future. With the use of a magic mirror revealing their future selves, 4 students witnessed the inspiring occupation they will have an adult. Those students then went back to class full of excitement and hope for what lay ahead.  With lots of excitement, the magic of a time machine and a tricky costume change, the student’s went from a dark grey outlook to a gold, bright one.
“We found our Wakakirri experience to be something we will never forget. It was amazing being on stage, and we felt proud to have been successful in our performance. We could not have achieved such high standards without our back stage crew who effectively moved the props to set the scene”.
By Matthew, School Captain and proud crew member!