Reconciliation Week is a very important annual event in Australia, and this year everyone is encouraged to get involved by doing the Reconciliation Dance.
Move It Mob Style® dancers Darren Compton and Sam Dashwood will be holding workshops at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne as part of The Long Walk Wellbeing Concert on Saturday 31 May.
The workshops and a performance will be held ahead of the Dreamtime at the G AFL match between Essendon and Richmond.
The Reconciliation Dance has been choreographed and created by Move It Mob Style® duo Courtney Walter and Darren Compton. It has been made to be a fun and energetic dance that people of all ages can have a go at performing.
“It was just a bit of fun, we wanted to make it light and fun and obviously with a bit of interaction with each other so there’s a bit of interaction where we’re being a bit silly which is what it’s all about,” Courtney says.
“We wanted it to be light, fun and integrated so the people at home can have a bit of a laugh while they’re learning it and doing it too.”
Everyone is encouraged to learn the Reconciliation Dance and perform it during Reconciliation Week. You can learn more about it on Reconciliation Australia’s website.
Courtney has also been a dancer with the Vibe 3on3®, an event which is held in communities across Australia and this, along with her life experiences, has given her a personal perspective on reconciliation and Reconciliation Week.
“It’s important to me because of the work that I’ve done with Vibe and the travel I’ve done, not only in Australia but around the world, and just seeing racism and seeing certain parts of the world so segregated, and the hierarchies [that exist],” Courtney says.
“It doesn’t feel right; I don’t agree with it at all. We’re all human beings and we’re all one. We should all be kind. It’s all about that – about being equal and being one.”
National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
For other ways to get involved in Reconciliation Week and find more about the Reconciliation Dance, click here.