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By Amrita Hepi

A Call To Dance invites young women of Wollongong and surrounding areas to meet professional dancer and choreographer Amrita Hepi and workshop a movement that is all about them. The 45 minute workshop sessions will involve time spent one-on-one answering a series of questions and working with young women from our community to create a movement or a gesture that articulates something about them. Something uniquely their own.

From each workshop Amrita will collect the individual movements and unite them to form a dance sequence to be showcased to the participants in a private, one-off event at 6:30pm Friday 27 October – Bruce Gordon Theatre IPAC.

The initial development of this work took place as a part of the YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival in May this year. This is the second stage of the project, where the central idea is to engage with young women from our local community and empower them with the confidence to move their body. Amrita is an impressive role model and this free participatory dance workshop is a truly rare and exciting opportunity for young women in the Illawarra.

Amrita Hepi is a professional dancer, choreographer, writer and activist descending from the Ngapuhi tribe in northern New Zealand and the Bundjulung people in northern New South Wales.

Amrita’s work explores the importance of dance, the idea of ownership around a dance move, and how we all move together in society.


Amrita Hepi’s has exhibited and performed at the Sydney Opera House, Nextwave Festival, Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Banff Centre in Canada and hosts a radio show about independent dance on FBi radio.

She has joined Western Australia’s Indigenous Contemporary dance company OCHRES while she continues to also teach pop culture dance classes around the country. She presented her talk ‘To Be A Good Dancer, Don’t Give a F**k’ at TEDxYouth in May 2016. A women in demand, she has just directed four dance films in collaboration with ASOS, performed at Dark Mofo and landed her dream job at Marrugeku Dance Company. She even features in the latest issue of Instyle Magazine in association with OCRF Australia – Amrita Hepi is definitely on the move!


Local women between 13 – 30 years of age (age limits are not strict) are invited to register for a 45 minute one-on-one workshop with Amrita Hepi. Please note that only 40 places are available. Participants are invited back to see the performance showcasing their unique movements in a private, one-off event at 6:30pm Friday 27 October – Bruce Gordon Theatre IPAC.

A CALL TO DANCE Work Shop Venues:
North Wollongong Surf Club – 1A Cliff Road, Wollongong
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre – 32 Burelli Street, Wollongong

By invite only, Friday 27 October 6.30pm – Bruce Gordon Theatre IPAC

Running time:
Workshops: Approx. 45 mins

To reserve your FREE workshop session please visit Click BUY TICKETS and choose your preferred workshop.