Cultural dances from 22 Provinces, 4 regions of PNG were put together and choreographed by ACDP dance teachers into the Unity Dance to complement the Unity in PNG for 46 years leading up to the Independence Celebrations.
ACDP teachers went out to 11 communities in the Suburbs especially in urban settlements to teach the Unity Dance to women and youths.
More than 300 women from the communities took lead in performing the biggest Unity Dance at the Amazing Port Moresby Independence Festival held at Ela Beach from 12-16 September. The dance took place on the day of the launch of the Independence Celebrations during the Unity Walk and on the 16th during the Remembrance Walk in honor to late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare.
The Unity Dance is an initiative of ACDP to support and empower women in the communities to unite as one, provide social support, do some exercises, dance and also as a way to practice preventative health. It is also ACDP’s way to bring every member of the society together to contribute and participate at city’s flagship events to promote unity, inclusivity, equality and growth in the nation’s capital.
The choreography of the dance includes traditional dancing from the Southern Region – Central Province, Oro Province and Milne Bay. New Guinea Islands Region- East New Britain traditional Dance. Momase Region- Manus and West Sepik Vanimo border traditional dance and the Waipa Dance from the Highlands Region.
The song – Youngpla Kumul by PNG artist Kronos was used to perform the Unity Dance.
Our ACDP communities continue to dance the Unity Dance at events around the nation’s capital promoting unity, support and a safe Port Moresby especially for Women and Girls.