September is the month for dance lovers – whether observational or more involved – with the Dance Your Socks Off festival running all month.

The festival is a celebration of contemporary dance and dance theatre, and to kick it off there are two interactive events organised by DANZ. The lead-in is on August 26th from 5:30 – 7pm with a (free) forum at the Film Archive, featuring performers and producers of festival shows talking about their work and sharing ideas with interested observers and people within the industry alike. It looks like the perfect introduction to the festival if you’re unsure where to start after looking at the program here. Then on September 6th there’s a contemporary dance workshop at Toi Poneke (aka the Wellington Arts Centre at 61 Abel Smith Street), only $5 on the door, with tutor Anita Hutchins. Aimed at beginners aged 15 and up, the promo says you should wear non restrictive clothing with bare feet or soft dance shoes, and take your lunch! Call (04) 802 0536 for more info about either of these events, or check the Feeling Great website for the extensive line-up of Dance Your Socks Off events and workshops.