The Mandurah Festival of Dance has become a major event for Western Australia’s dance community, and has fulfilled the promise of a great traditional occasion for the city of Mandurah, which was foreseen at its conception. Indeed, our event is the oldest of it’s kind in Mandurah.

The organisers of the MFOD believe that student involvement in the art of dance gives rise to self esteem, self discipline and provides an interest that certainly keeps children physically active during their early development through to adult years.

We provide a festival that ensures a friendly spirit of competition is maintained throughout, where young dancers can meet up with, and learn from like minded people. They also have the advantage of experiencing the wonderful theatrical facilities that is offered to them at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

We encourage the love of dance, and to that end we provide passes for competing performers for the entire Festival so that they may attend as many sessions as possible to support their friends and learn from what others can offer. Many families make this time a family getaway and enjoy other activities such as Estuary boating and fishing activities, the cinema, shopping, restaurants, the local beaches and the Marina. We consider these opportunities to be quite unique to our Festival.


Adjudicator 2018 – Nicky Manego

Dance Teacher, Choreographer, Adjudicator, Performance Coach – Nicky has been involved in the Entertainment industry for many years as a student, performer, teacher, choreographer, mentor and now adjudicator.

She has toured Australia and overseas in many shows. Highlights include the Jackie Love Show, Magic Millions Gala (New Zealand & Kentucky, USA), Royal Bicentennial Concert (Sydney), Queensland Day Concert (World Expo), the musicals Evita (Sydney) and Swing (Barcelona), the Australian Film Industry Awards and numerous Corporate Events, Fashion Shows and Television appearances.

Nicky trained through the RAD and CSTD Syllabi and also studied at ‘The Ross Coleman Performing Arts Studios’ (Sydney) and ‘Pineapple Dance Studios’ (London). Years spent studying, performing and perfecting her craft has ensured proficiency in all dance styles and enabled a proficient knowledge in regard to vocals.

As a teacher/choreographer, Nicky has had many years of experience teaching and mentoring students of all ages in a variety of dance genres. Nicky has created choreographic pieces for performance teams, soloists, National Sports Acrobatics Teams and Corporate Fashion and Hair Shows. She has also developed original works for the Qld Education Department and the ‘Creative Generation State Schools on Stage Spectacular’.

Nicky is a national and international adjudicator and believes that she is privileged to witness, first-hand, the ever-evolving art of Dance and the incredible talent of upcoming performers and choreographers. Her goal is to encourage and inspire young performers of all ages to reach their full potential.