Get your Beyonce, ballet or Bollywood on - it's International Dance Day
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Get your Beyonce, ballet or Bollywood on - it's International Dance Day

Book tickets to the ballet, watch a Bollywood film or - even better - have a little boogie to Beyonce in your lounge room. Today is International Dance Day, and Ausdance ACT wants you to get involved.

Since 1982, International Dance Day has encouraged the world to "explore the art of dance" and Ausdance ACT is serving it up to Canberrans on a platter. The organisation is using International Dance Day to launch a week of dance workshops, performances, interactives and films for Australian Dance Week.

Dancers Rachel Reid (aka Jazida) and Liz Lea rehearse for 'The Galaxy Project'.

Dancers Rachel Reid (aka Jazida) and Liz Lea rehearse for 'The Galaxy Project'.Credit:Jamila Toderas

Into hip-hop? Learn to criss-cross and air walk through a free class at Bom Funk Dance Studio in Queanbeyan on Monday night.

Into tango? Watch the dancers of the Tango Social Club of Canberra perform live at The Italian Club next Saturday.

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Rachel Reid and Liz Lea will perform at Mount Stromlo Observatory as part of Australian Dance Week.

Rachel Reid and Liz Lea will perform at Mount Stromlo Observatory as part of Australian Dance Week.Credit:Jamila Toderas

Into science? There's plenty on offer, including IN-SYNC - where dance and science align - at The Courtyard Studio, and The Galaxy Project, a series of works that bring dance, science and astronomy together "to celebrate the marvels of the universe".

The Galaxy Project will aptly be performed in the shell of the Mount Stromlo Observatory, with 13 contemporary dancers and a burlesque dancer uniting under the stars to explore the legend of Pleiades, the Cygnus constellation and the discovery of gravitational waves.

Dancers will perform to a stunning score commissioned by Inspiring Australia and including the voices of Canberra scientists and ANU staff Professor Susan Scott and Dr Brad Tucker.

Dr Tucker said he looked forward to donning a warm jumper and heading to Stromlo on Friday night to watch his fascination with space interpreted through dance.

Hundreds of Canberra dancers will perform during Australian Dance Week, including Rachel Reid and Liz Lea.

Hundreds of Canberra dancers will perform during Australian Dance Week, including Rachel Reid and Liz Lea.Credit:Jamila Toderas

"We often think of science and art as these separate items, but they aren't," Dr Tucker said.

"Both are expressions of not only people's handiwork and products of their passion, but beautiful expressions of the world around us.

"[The Galaxy Project] is the perfect joining of those - showcasing the skies we all gaze up at into a rhythmic form.

"I can calculate the growth rate of the Universe, but I have no clue how to dance, so I love seeing it."

Australian Dance Week, various locations, April 29 to May 7. Full program of events at ausdanceact.org.au

The Galaxy Project, Friday May 5, 7.30pm, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Cotter Road, Weston Creek. Entry via gold coin donation on the night, however bookings are essential via eventbrite.com.au

Bree Element is the life and entertainment editor at The Canberra Times