In 1996, local dance school owners Dianne and Dave Wood, realised that Mandurah had the potential to become a cornerstone in the dance competition world once the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre was completed. With a lot of competition experience and after a great deal of research, the first Mandurah Festival of Dance got under way in 1998 thanks to a strong support team of volunteer committee members.
In that first year the Festival’s adjudicator was a local teacher from Perth with 156 individual performers competing over 3 days. In 2015, we are proud to boast 51 participating schools with 1866 individual performers who will compete over a 11 day period in front of our thirteenth consecutive interstate adjudicator.
The Festival provides competition in all genres of dance covering Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Song and Dance, Hip Hop and Contemporary. It is open to all dance schools and ages range from 4 years of age through to our Mature and Motivated groups, some of whom are well into their retirement years.
With a wonderful setting at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and the close proximity to accommodation and the surrounding restaurants, marina, cinema and estuary, it was no wonder that the Festival exceeded all expectations.