These stories will be performed in professional theatres in front of the official Wakakirri ‘National Panel’ who are searching for the ‘Story of the Year’.  Over 1 million people watch Wakakirri performances every year.

This year’s panel include Justine Clarke, actor and entertainer, Jason Coleman, choreographer and former judge on So You Think You Can Dance, ballroom dancer and TV personality Mark Wilson, actor Andrew McFarlane, entertainment industry veteran Todd McKenney and musical theatre legend Wayne Scott Kermond. 

“… are going to see incredibly talented kids on stage, you are going to see originality and an expression of confidence.  [Wakakirri] is a unique experience.  I’ve never seen it anywhere else and being an actor myself, it takes me back to my youth when I was full of that kind of enthusiasm.  I think it’s fantastic!” Andrew McFarlane 

Originally established in 1992, the Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge hosts shows around Australia where schools perform to a live audience of family, friends, industry professionals and other school communities.

Performing in Wakakirri is an experience students never forget. Participants spend show day rehearsing and meeting other schools, and in the evening they walk the red carpet with the Wakakirri Panel and perform on the big stage.

The Wakakirri Story Dance is a 3 to 7 minute story performed on stage to pre-recorded music, using a blend of creative movement (dance) and acting. Story themes explored by schools include bullying, health, history, culture, reconciliation, and the environment. Adaptations of books and films are also popular. Every school’s story is filmed for Waka TV as part of the search for the ‘Story of the Year’.

Wakakirri aims to teach students about themselves and others through the creation and sharing of stories and ultimately improve student’s educational outcomes, environmental and community awareness.

Wakakirri is coming to a city or town near you very soon!