Cuba Dupa

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A film/installation/dance event celebrating 100 years of dance in Cuba Street, students from Tarrant Dance Studio will bring colour, music and vibrancy from the building and connect it with the Cuba Quarter.

At night projections will light up the façade of the Tarrant Dance Studio in Cuba Mall showing imagery of dancers throughout the history of the studio.

CubaDupa offers a unique opportunity for the Tarrant Dance Studio students to be part of this city festival and bring their love of dance out into the streets and share it with the community.

Funding will go towards the costs for costumes, set design, props, projectors and screens, and portable sound and film equipment hireage for the performances.

Our students who range in age from 5-50 years are all behind the project.
Will you join our team - Any amount helps.
Let's do the CubaDupa together!

Help us do the CubaDupa!

CubaDupa will be a world-class street festival, which builds on the spirit and talent of Wellington and draws on the best international street festivals.  It will be held annually in Wellington, premiering Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 March 2015.

The new Cuba Street festival, CubaDupa, is a celebration of the creative heart of Wellington.  The Cuba street precinct will become a vibrant pedestrianised playground of music, dance, arts and street food.

In creating a totally unique and family friendly urban environment and entertainment programme Drew James, the Artistic Director of CubaDupa has identified seven diverse projects that will deliver an extraordinary experience for audiences and participants.

These are Urban Rhapsodies aerial opera, Mass Cuba Street Orchestra, The Beop band of the future, Carnival Zone with Wellington Batucada, Cuba Surveyors historical street theatre, Java Dance's Sneak Peek in shop windows, and CubaKaleidoscope by the Tarrant Dance Studio. All of these projects will be commissioned with the help of Boosted donations and performed free for audiences on the streets.


  • We made it!


    Thank you to a real Kaleidoscope of donors who are helping us make this project come alive. We really appreciate your support. A special thank you to Westpac for matching all the donations. Best wishes for the holidays and a fabulous dancing 2015!

    Deirdre xx

  • From the Studio to the Street


    Thousands of Wellingtonians have climbed the stairs to dance in the studios in Cuba St over the past 100 years. CubaKaleidoscope will bring the vibrancy of the studio out into the streets.

    A wide range of dancers of all ages will bring colour, music and dance from the building and connect it with the Cuba Quarter environment.

    Five trees, in five bright colours and with different installations will be focal points for the dancers during the day. At night, an outdoor screen on the building will celebrate the action within the building and other groups who have their base in the building will bring a taste of their dance styles - salsa, contemporary and belly dancing.

    The building is always abuzz with activity and as the year comes to a close the activity is even more colourful than usual with many dancers taking part in the Christmas Parade on Sun December 14th and a full length production of the most magical Christmas ballet of them all- The Nutcracker- set to take the stage at the Opera House on Dec 21st.

    CubaKaleidscope brings dance…colour...creativity…energy…technology...and fun out into the community of Cuba St as part of the city's CubaDupa festival.

    From the Studio to the  Street

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