Neridah Waters

Common People Dance Project AKA Rock Eisteddfod 2019

Regular price $100.00 $0.00
Class Schedule

THU 02 MAY 10am-4pm (Workshop) & 6:30-9:30pm (Artisan Feast)

NOTE This is a 1 day masterclass, for people 12+ of all experience levels. Bring a water bottle. Delicious food is available for purchase on site and there are a variety of accommodation options. Please also note you may be an unstoppable show off once you've got these skills under your belt. (Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult enrolled in the same class).

What You'll Learn:

Common People Dance Project is a dance workshop for everyone, especially anyone who has been rejected at an audition!

26 years ago, Neridah auditioned for her school Rock Eisteddfod... and got rejected! To this day she carries the bitterness in her polyester puffed sleeves.
  • It’s going to be awesome.
  • You'll learn the dance over the course of one day.
  • There’ll be half time oranges.
  • There’ll be dress ups.

With no previous dance experience necessary this class welcomes all ages and all abilities. We've previously had whole families, seniors, ex-dancers, pregnant ladies, non-English speaking students, people with disabilities, men that have never danced before, a security guard and his dog and really any one who just wants to come together amongst a diverse group of people and learn a ridiculously big fun dance routine.  

The Breakdown:

You'll learn 5 different short dance routines throughout the day that will then be mashed up together in one big fun theatrical performance piece. The styles of dance that we'll be exploring include disco, go-go, solo swing, boot scooting, soft shoe, robot, jazz and hip hop. 

In the evening, you'll have the opportunity (if you choose) to show off your mad new skills in a fast and fun performance during the Artisan Feast.

Video Links:
Melbourne Fringe Festival 
National Circus Festival Tasmania
Edmonton Street Performers Festival


Neridah is a choreographer, performer and theatre maker. She has toured her work extensively in Australia and overseas including Belgium,The Netherlands, Canada, England and the USA with Lala Parlour’s Tarnished, The Common People Dance Project, Brides of Frank and The Escapists’ boy girl wall. She has worked as an actor and choreographer for La Boîte Theatre, Queensland Theatre, Imaginary Theatre, DeBase, Metro Arts, The Brisbane Powerhouse, PlayLab and NORPA. She’s performed with The Squad for The Commonwealth Games, built ‘Dance Like No-one’s watching’ for QPAC’s Out Of The Box Festival.

Getting to the Festival:

Arrive at the beautiful Woodfordia either the morning of, or the day prior to your workshop starting. The address is 87 Woodrow Road, the home of the Woodford Folk Festival. Follow the signs to the reception venue and you'll be greeted and registered and shown your tent or van space. Detailed accommodation options will be released in early February. But the quick version is: own camping or van is free, or you can hire a pre-erected tent or something fancy so you'll feel like a star (we're working on caravans, glamping and teepees!). You are also welcome to travel to site each day if you prefer.

Artisan Feast:

Don't forget that this night (THURSDAY May 2) is the night of our Artisan Feast, inclusive in your ticket price, with a bar featuring drinks at 80s prices and a night of entertainment and delicious chef-cooked food.  

The Planting Festival May 3-5th

Don’t want the fun to end? We can help! This year’s Artisan Camp is held in the lead-up to The Planting Festival, which begins on FRIDAY May 3 after the final Artisan Feast. Don’t worry, you can sleep in till lunchtime and stay in your tent or van throughout The Planting Festival.

We'd also like to offer you 50% off your Planting Festival tickets as a thank-you for attending the Artisan Camp 2019. Upon purchase, you will receive an email with instructions about how to receive your discount.


"Did my daughter tell you that you're the only person that has ever made me dance? " - Father at Out Of The Box Festival 2018 

"Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your wonderful project. Although I think it’s brilliant to create a universal dance, I cherish the little moments. David’s excitement at the “Michael Jackson” and watching him exclaim “I’m a dancer” to each and every individual that passed as we waited for the train after rehearsals one evening. The joy the English as a second language students had each time the “ass slap” came along in the milkshake dance. Families having fun together. The social outcasts finding a place to belong. Thank you for touching our lives with your positive energy and sense of wonder and joy."  

Elizabeth Budd - Participant at Edmonton International Street Festival Canada

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