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Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Quinlan) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Australian Dance Week

MR SMYTH (Brindabella—Leader of the Opposition) (4.52): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I wish to talk about Ausdance ACT and Australian Dance Week 2005, which ran from 9 to 15 May. While many of us were distracted by the budget season, Ausdance ACT encouraged Canberrans to get moving with the slogan “Every body can dance”.

Australian Dance Week raises the profile of, and focuses on, the values, importance and many cultural contributions of dance to the Australian community. Dance week celebrations, coordinated by Ausdance, are held annually across Australia in May. All states and territories present an impressive array of dance performance, provide workshops and forums, and encourage community participation in a host of free activities.

On Wednesday, 11 May, young choreographers performed on stage at Theatre 3, showcasing their creative skills in Ausdance ACT’s young choreographers evening. Lauren Bersinic, Katherine Brockway, Rachael Junakovic, Raquel Madaffari, Courtney Seal and Ashley Whild from Daramalan College performed an upbeat street funk number. Alice Taylor, Ann Sharrock and Liz Wensing presented modern dance on the theme of autumn. Peter Deards, John Graham and Tim Whittle, students from Mount Stromlo high, performed Badaboom, “one for the ladies”.

Tess McGinness and Bridget Munro incorporated scarves into a stunning piece about freedom. Liza Yeum and Katrina Bourke combined hip-hop and funk styles with belly dancing. Briana Ganesharajah, Melissa Sorrentino, Natalie Kasunic and Ellen Walker, also from Daramalan College, utilised street funk style in their choreography. This is the first year that Daramalan College has run a dance program and the students are definitely enjoying it.

The audience was also presented with a preview performance of Reckless Valour, a moving tribute to young Australians in war, by the Quantum Leap Youth Choreographic Ensemble. The section was entitled “Faces of the Enemy” and was choreographed by Rowan Marchingo in collaboration with the dancers in an intensive

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