Big Dance
at Yarra Ranges


Photos by Ryan Tews

Big Dance at Yarra Ranges took place on:
Sunday 29 April 2018, 1 – 4pm
Melba Park, Lilydale


Presented by Ausdance Victoria with support from Yarra Ranges Council
through the Grants for Community Program.
The event day schedule is displayed below. 



12.30pm – Sign-in
1.00pm – Acknowledgement of Country
1.15pm – Group Warm up
1.20pm – Rehearsal Red Group
1.30pm – Rehearsal Black Group
1.40pm – Rehearsal White Group
1.50pm – All groups’ rehearsal/run through
2.05pm – Welcome to Country by Julie Kitto
2.15pm - Speech by Mayor
2.25pm – Everyone prepares for Big Dance
2.30pm – Big Dance
2.40pm – Thank yous/International Dance Day Message
3.00pm – Taster workshops by local dance groups
4.00pm - Event ends



Workshop Registrations:
If you registered for a workshop through the Workshop link on Eventbrite you will have been assigned to perform with a specific colour group. On event day, PLEASE REGISTER AT THE CORRESPONDING COLOUR REGISTRATION DESK

Group Registrations:
If you registered a group through the Group Registration link on Eventbrite, PLEASE REGISTER AT THE GROUP REGISTRATION DESK

Individual Registrations:
If you registered as an individual through the Eventbrite registration link, PLEASE REGISTER AT THE INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION DESK


What to wear: Please wear a coloured top of your Big Dance colour group, either red, white or black. We suggest you wear pants that do not restrict movement. Please wear comfortable shoes for dancing, and bring a jumper in the event of cold weather for rehearsal (to be removed when performing).

What to bring: We will not be providing a cloakroom and ask that you keep your belongings with you during performance. You are welcome to bring a picnic basket with you. In the effort to reduce waste, please bring a water bottle and reusable cup with you and take your rubbish with you. Yarra Valley Water is providing water barrels and there is a water fountain at the park for you to refill your bottle.

Wet weather: You will be notified via email by 10am.

Traveling to Melba Park: Melba Park is located roughly 500m from the Lilydale Train Station, less than 10 minutes’ walk. Street parking available around the park.

Access: As the event is held in a park, please expect some uneven surface. Ramp access is available at various entrances into Melba Park. There is an accessible toilet at the park and accessible parking spot on Castella St. Auslan interpreters will be interpreting the event.

Food and Beverage: : Rotary Lilydale will be firing up the barbie with sausage sizzles, hamburgers and cold drinks. Little Sugar Coffee Van will be there with ‘real coffee’. Pack the picnic basket and have one last picnic out in the park before the cold weather beckons.

Location of Big Dance at Yarra Ranges at Melba Park, Lilydale

Location of Big Dance at Yarra Ranges at Melba Park, Lilydale


Learnt the Big Dance and would like to do a run-through with other people before the event?

Join us at the Big Dance Rehearsal on the day before the event:

28 April 2018 (Saturday)
11.00am - 12.00pm
Melba Park, Lilydale

Meeting point: Chapel Street side of park, behind the school.

Let us know if you are coming here>>

If you have any questions, or require any more information, you can contact us at or call 03 9689 2055.