The festival trustees decided that there was demand for an annual event, and October became known as ‘Dance Month’ in Auckland. Under the professional artistic direction of ex-Limbs dancer and choreographer Mary- Jane O’Reilly QSM, the festival grew in strength and breadth. In response to the demand for a holistic rather than purely regional approach to dance in New Zealand, the trustees established a new charity which could bring dance to any part of New Zealand - the New Zealand Dance Festival Trust. Tempo initiated collaborations with other arts organisations and community-based dance festivals around the country, such as The Edge, The Body Festival and a variety of regional pan-arts festivals, to tour international dance around New Zealand. The Festival also brought dancers and choreographers from all over New Zealand to show their work to a large, mostly Auckland-based audience. 


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