Sydney Dance Company turns 50 this year and is finding all kinds of ways to celebrate. One of the most visible and thematic was taking part in Sydney’s biggest street party, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. It was their first time in the parade but their resplendent gold float made such an impression that it doubtless won’t be their last. The 80 member float included several dancers and drag queens in a golden “dance studio” on the back of a truck followed by a troupe of dancers in gold retro dance wear holding glittering gold pom poms. SDC has been an employer and supporter of LGBTQI people since it began. The Mardi Gras float was inspired and led by Dance Class Manager, Ramon Doringo, who has taught at SDC for 30 years and is celebrating his own special anniversary this year – 40 years with his partner, Don.
SDC was founded in 1969 by dancer Suzanne Musitz and was initially known as The Dance Company (NSW). Preeminent Australian dancer/choreographer, Graeme Murphy was appointed director in 1976, and in 1979, he and his partner, Janet Vernon renamed the organisation Sydney Dance Company. Murphy was at the helm for 30 years during which he built SDC into an internationally recognised professional dance company. Spanish-born Rafael Bonachela has been artistic director since 2009.
Pier 4 (The Wharf) at Walsh Bay has been the home of SDC since 1986, but they have recently moved to Wattle St, Ultimo. They’ll remain at that address while the Walsh Bay area undergoes redevelopment as an arts precinct.
Meanwhile, SDC would like to share some of the birthday joy with this fun social media campaign:
TURNS FOR TOTES & TEES
Post a video of you ‘turning’ on Instagram, Instastories or Twitter.
Get creative, include your friends, family or pets; find some interesting locations or ways to ‘turn’.
Tag @SydneyDanceCo and #SDCTurns50
Make sure your profile is public on Instagram or we won’t be able to see it.
Follow @SydneyDanceCo on Instagram and Twitter.
Each month we’ll pick the best ‘turn’ and send the winner a free Sydney Dance Company Tote and Tee.
Celebrate SDC turns 50