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Dancers take Salamanca by storm

SALAMANCA Arts Centre has launched a new contemporary dance festival, “Salamanca Moves,” which will be held from 20 September to 1 October 2016.

The inaugural bi-annual festival will take place across the Salamanca precinct, as well as the Moonah Arts Centre and a handful of surprise pop-up locations.

Salamanca Arts Centre chief executive officer Rosemary Miller said the community festival offered opportunities to view, create, perform, experiment, and experience new ways of moving for people of all ages and abilities.

“We are delighted to be bringing the power of dance to the Salamanca precinct,” she said.

“Not only will the festival celebrate dance as an art form but also as one of the best exercises you can possibly do.”

Under the artistic direction of Kelly Drummond Cawthon, the festival will deliver an extensive program of free and ticketed dance performances, including the creation of new works and critically acclaimed productions.

Ms Drummond Cawthon is the arts coordinator and director of the SPACE dance program at Salamanca Arts Centre, creative producer and teaching artist in residence for Kickstart Arts and an independent performance artist.

She said dancers of all levels were invited to experiment and “get physical” through a series of development dance workshops and performance opportunities led by national and international contemporary dance-makers.

“Contemporary dance really is an expression of who we are and what moves us,” Ms Drummond Cawthon said.

“It is that philosophy that underpins the whole festival.”

Salamanca Moves’ festival patron is multi award-winning Tasmanian choreographer, dancer and director Stephanie Lake.

The 2016 festival is jointly funded by Festivals Australia, Tas Regional Arts, City of Hobart and Arts Tasmania.

For more information about Salamanca Moves and for bookings visit www.salamancamoves.com

Caption: Tasmania Performs will be hosting Mature Moves: A Dance Gathering for Grown-Ups (23-25 September) in conjunction with the Salamanca Moves festival. Pictured is headline act Liz Aggiss, of the UK. Image supplied by Salamanca Moves.

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