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Dance to raise awareness regarding violence against women

Following the 2013 inaugural event which saw over 150 men and women perform a simple, four minute choreographed dance routine on Noosa’s Main Beach to raise awareness regarding violence against women, Noosa is gearing up to do it all over again on February 14 at 6pm.
BillionRisingThe Noosa event is part of a global movement known as ‘One Billion Rising for Justice’. In 2013 over one billion people in 207 countries simultaneously performed the same dance routine to signal an end to violence against women.
Local One Billion Rising for Justice organiser and dance artist, Gail Hewton said that this year she was hoping to see over 300 people participate in the free event.
“Last year’s event was so positive and powerful and we’d love more people to join us this year”, she said.
“The power of dance, music and community is an incredible combination and although it’s a serious issue we have a lot of fun along the way.”
Gail stressed that no prior dance experience or fitness level was required to be part of the group dance display.
“The simple choreography that forms our four minute routine means that everyone over 13 years of age can participate.  For those who participated last year, the routine is almost identical which should make things easy!
“We have scheduled a few free rehearsals over the next few weeks to help people feel comfortable with the steps although it is not about how well you can dance.  It’s about coming together as a community and making a stand against violence.”
Gail said that the Noosa event was the only one on the Sunshine Coast that she was aware of and was humbled by the fact that the community took the issue so seriously.
“According to the One Billion Rising for Justice website, it is estimated that one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime – that’s one billion women,” she said.
“In Australia, research shows that one woman is killed every week in Australia by a current or former partner and anywhere from one-quarter to one-third of Australian women will experience physical or sexual violence by a man at some point in their lives. *
“Although I am fortunate to have led a life free of domestic violence others are not so fortunate. That is why it is so important that we unite and dance on the beach to show we care and to raise awareness.”
For the non-dancers, Gail encouraged spectators to come along to the free performance on Friday 14 February at 6pm and show their support for the cause.
“It’s a really life affirming experience and a great spectacle to enjoy,” Gail said.
For those who wish to join the performance but are unable to make rehearsals the routine can also be found on the One Billion Rising website: http://www.onebillionrising.org/
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Learn the steps – One Billion Rising for Justice rehearsals
Noosa Leisure Centre, Wallace Drive, Noosaville.
A minimum of three rehearsals is recommended.  There is no need to book – just turn up on the day.

Performance
–          Friday 14 February at 6pm.  In front of the Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving Club, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. The event is an all weather event and spectators are welcome.
To find out more call Gail on 0411 720 391 or email at gailphil@optusnet.com.au
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence call: DV Connect (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) freecall number 1800 811 811.