Victorian Dance Festival has just announced that US and Canadian dance stars Kathryn McCormick and Tate McRae will both be appearing at this year’s VDF in March!
To be held at Melbourne Town Hall on March 17-19, Victorian Dance Festival is the country’s premier dance event. Kathryn McCormick of Step Up Revolution and So You Think You Can Dance joined an all-star lineup of Australian dance teachers and choreographers at last year’s sell out event in Warrnambool. This year the event has moved to the heart of Melbourne and is set to once again sell out. Kathryn was an inspiration at last year’s event and dancers have been begging all year for her to return. VDF are so happy to finally announce that they are bringing her back, thanks to generous sponsors Energetiks dancewear and Dance Informa.
Kathryn McCormick will teach four classes at the Festival, assisted by her amazing SYTYCD Next Generation partner, the young, stunning Tate McCrae. The award-winning McCrae, who has an Instagram following of over 360,000, will also perform at the VDF Gala Showcase for all her Australian fans.
“It will be so cool to see what dance is like in Australia. I cannot wait to meet people and of course see Kathryn again!” McRae tells Dance Informa. “Kathryn is one of the most amazing and inspirational people I know. She is so sincere and will help every dancer believe in themselves and live in the moment. She is one of a kind!” she adds.
“The announcement of Kathryn McCormick for the 2017 has been incredibly exciting for the the Australian Dance community and the VDF team,” says Director Kate Meade. “To have an artist of Kathryn’s calibre instructing at the Festival is a huge honour. We can learn a lot from Kathryn, and it’s not just her dancing either. She is a very humble artist that proved generous with her time, and her heart. She is the perfect fit for the Victorian Dance Festival. And we are also so delighted to have Tate McRae joining Kathryn as an assistant. It’s really the icing on the cake!”
Victorian Dance Festival is a unique event for the whole Australian dance community, with dancers coming from far and wide to celebrate their love of dance together in Melbourne.
“I have been reflecting on that makes VDF so special, so unique within Australian dance culture,” Meade tells Dance Informa. “I have realised it’s not just because the event isn’t a competition, it’s really about the community and sense of unity that is being built. The event is about the people – the students, teachers and families. It’s all about them. It’s all for them.”
Tickets are selling out fast for VDF’s two jam-packed days of dance workshops, and Teacher Conference (held on Friday March 17). Make sure you don’t miss out on being inspired these two dynamic dancers. Go to www.victoriandancefestival.com.