Tassie Dancers Against Cancer History
After being touched by Cancer too many times, Tassie Dancers Against Cancer was born out of the need to do something to raise money for the Cancer Council of Tasmania. From my love of dance and the Tasmanian Dance community, I felt that the best way I could help was to bring together that dance community and use their support to raise money and to also provide our amazing young Tasmanian dancers with the opportunity to dance on stage in a supportive and non-competitive environment.
Tassie Dancers Against Cancer is born
Tassie Dancers Against Cancer (TDAC) was born and became 3 projects.
- A Chance to Dance – An all day event for local dancers & singers to perform solos or in small groups. Over 150 acts performed throughout the day!
- Tassie Dancers Against Cancer Gala Showcase – A collaboration of Hobart’s dance and theatre schools who come together for a Gala Performance
- Tassie Dancers Against Cancer Workshops
A Chance to Dance
From this idea, ‘A Chance to Dance’ was started and has now become the foundation piece for our main fundraising event annually. ‘A Chance to Dance’ is an exciting opportunity for dancers of all ages and abilities to come together and share their love of dance and have the opportunity to express themselves and experience solo and group performance in a supportive, fun and energetic environment. All entry fees raised go towards our nominated Cancer research fund each year.
En Pointe Dance Co
In 2017 En Pointe Dance Co was introduced to further develop the TDAC fundraising brand. The seeds for En Pointe were sewn after a meeting and talks with Australian dance luminary and Tasmanian raised, Graeme Murphy.
En Pointe’s goal is to assist in developing dancers across the Hobart dance community, encouraging co-operation and exploring the potential. Providing the opportunity for dancers to be influenced by great teachers and choreographers, with whom they might not otherwise work with. To instill values associated with giving back to the community by fundraising for cancer research and support services.
In 2017, Freya List was again supportive to our cause and new company with Angela Ireson taking on the creative director role. We also welcomed BJ Rorke to our TDAC team, as he shared his expertise with Tassie dancers through a workshop series.
In 2018 we ran a number of successful events culminating with our feature day TDAC ‘Chance to Dance Day’ plus Gala Showcase on 29 September 2018. Our En Pointe Projects were an amazing opportunity for dancers of all ages to get involved and make a professional dance production with Industry Professionals.
See Highlights from our En Pointe Projects.