Aurora dances towards a cure
‘Dance Cancer Initiative’ highlights young Australian talent in a series of fundraising concerts for Cancer Council Victoria
Wednesday 19 August, 2014: The 2014 Dance Cancer Initiative (DCI) returns this month to Aurora, Australia’s leading not-for-profit subscription community TV channel. Hosted by Penny Palman (The Bachelor Australia), DCI brings together talented young dancers from across Australia in a series of fundraising concerts for Cancer Council Victoria.
Now entering its eighth season on Aurora, DCI 2014 will premiere on Friday 22nd August at 7pm AEST. The sold-out concerts, filmed at Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre in Victoria, will be broadcast over 12 weeks.
CEO of Aurora, Phyllisse Stanton, says: “Our long-standing partnership with Dance Cancer Initiative is the perfect fit for us. Not only does it allow us to recognise and promote young Australian talent, but it also allows us to throw our support behind a charitable cause.”
Featuring over 3000 dancers, the concerts took place over one weekend in March. Performers were drawn from dance groups and performing arts schools across Victoria. The organisers are looking at expanding interstate in future years.
Performers of all dance styles, standards and ages are welcome to take part.
Stanton says: “The beauty of Dance Cancer Initiative is that it gives young dancers of all backgrounds a chance to perform on stage in a professional environment. The fact that the concerts are non-competitive gives it a fun and friendly atmosphere.”
DCI is hosted by professional dancer and choreographer, Penny Palman. With extensive training and experience in the dance and fitness industries, Palman also appeared on season 1 of The Bachelor Australia.