Tempo Dance Festival was officially launched as the main event of the ADFT. The early festivals were held once every two years at the Auckland Town Hall and those who were involved recall a frenzy of dance activity from community dance groups and professionals. The festival format was ideal for increasing audience awareness of the diversity of dance available in New Zealand and promoting established and emerging choreographers’ and dancers’ work.
Tempo began to include multiple venues across Auckland and a wide range of dance genres and participants, from young children to international dance companies. When modern facilities were built at The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) in Western Springs, the festival moved its focus there to enjoy the intimate theatre space and easy access.