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2018 Primary Aboriginal Dance Workshops


2018 Arts Initiatives NSW Public Schools

Primary Aboriginal Dance Workshops

Applications now open!

The Primary Aboriginal Dance Workshops aim to develop younger student's skills in contemporary and traditional Aboriginal Dance. 

Stage 2 and 3 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their teachers from NSW Public Primary Schools are invited to participate in these one day workshops run by the Department of Education – The Arts Unit.

Applications for the workshop must be completed by a teacher from the school. Students will need to be accompanied to the workshop by a supervising teacher who is encouraged to actively participate in the workshop activities.

This workshop addresses Australian Professional Teaching Standards 1.4.2 and 2.4.2. Teachers attending the workshop will be able to attribute 5 hours of TIPD to seek or maintain their accreditation.

These workshops are also a great opportunity for younger students looking to get involved in the Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshops when they reach high school to develop their skills ahead of time.

Workshops will be run by a team of professional Aboriginal dance and choreography tutors.

Cost: $33.00 per student

2018 Workshop Venue

4 September - Nyngan Public School

6 September - Yass Public School

7 September - The Oaks Public School

18 September - Adamstown Public School

19 September - Gosford East Public School

21 September - Villawood East Public School

All workshops run from 9:30am - 2:30pm


Please note numbers for the workshops are limited. Early application is recommended to ensure students do not miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

For further information about this program please contact:
Catherine Gilholme 
Arts Initiatives & Events Officer
The Arts Unit
Ph 8512 1190 | Mob 0411 030530


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Message from the Director

Welcome to the new school year. The Arts Unit, as part of the Learning and Teaching Directorate of the Department's state office, continues to provide a broad range of arts and literacy programs, events and initiatives.

From 2017, the unit is led by team leaders, responsible for different aspects of the unit's activities:

Arts Programs and Initiatives Coordinator, John Benson, oversees performing arts, visual arts and literacy programs. 

Manager, Arts Unit Operations and Administration, Richard Spiewak, oversees unit-wide resources and support, including the state responsibilities of Arts Coordination Officers from Educational Services, led by Student Access and Engagement Officer, Michelle Stephens.

Arts Initiatives Advisor, Sonja Sjolander, oversees events, arts initiatives and the creative direction of the Schools Spectacular.

You can find contact details for all Arts Unit officers here and Arts Coordination Officers from operational areas here.

In 2017 The Arts Unit will continue to identify student potential and provide opportunities to enhance student learning, develop teachers’ skills and knowledge and showcase outstanding student achievement. I encourage you to use The Arts Unit’s Strategic Plan and the Arts Education Framework to identify opportunities for students and teachers alike.

I wish you a successful 2017. We look forward to working with you and to realise the unit’s vision - that highly motivated and engaged students, led by exceptional staff, realise their creative potential in and beyond the school.

Best wishes

Rosemary Davis

Director, Arts, Sports and Initiatives


Rural and Remote

As part of The Arts Unit’s support of the Department of Education and Communities’ Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a Participation Subsidies to students and teachers from rural and remote schools. This financial support is to facilitate engagement of students who are accepted into a number of our programs.

Many of our program attract a subsidy so please see each art form on this website for more information.

Please note: If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the Participation Subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness.

Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.


Job Opportunities

We currently have a position available for a digital strategies projects officer 2017. If you are interested in this position please complete the attached request for quote. For any further inquiries please contact The Arts Unit on 8512 1100.