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 2017 – Rebecca McCormac

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Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Ms. McCormac completed her Masters in Dance at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2006. A registered teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance, Ms. McCormac holds her Jazz Award and Teaching Diploma in Tap for the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance and in 2002 was the recipient of the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dances’ Blue Sash Award.

A successful audition for LINK Dancer’s Company in 2005, spurred a European tour and an invitation to join the Golden Key International Honor Society. In 2008, Ms. McCormac moved to New York City to join Barry Blumenfeld’s Tap Fusion, Ellen Stokes-Shadle’s Dance Works and the faculty at Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio. In 2011, Ms McCormac founded CoreDance Contemporary, an Australian Modern Dance Company, which holds residence in New York City. Still living and working in the New York Tri-State area, she has been commissioned to teach and choreograph contemporary, modern and tap work on both a national and international scale.

Most recently she was engaged as the Dance Adjudicator for the 2016 Mt Gambier Eisteddfod in SA, and to teach at Peridance and PMT Dance Studio’s in New York City. McCormac has an interdisciplinary approach to her work drawing ideas both contextually and visually to create work that is engaging for herself and her audience. Her work has been shown at APAP, Your Move NJ, Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway, DANY Studios, PMT, Dixon Place, White Wave, Triskelion Arts, The Actors Fund Arts Center and Green Space.