Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshops

Aboriginal students from NSW public schools are invited to participate in a one day workshop run by the Department of Education in collaboration with the internationally renowned Bangarra Dance Theatre. 

This workshop aims to foster the development of dance skills and cultural significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, boys and girls from school years 7-12. This workshop is suitable for both experienced and inexperienced dancers. During this workshop, students will learn contemporary indigenous dance repertoire from some of Bangarra's leading choreographers.

Applications now open:

Cost: $33.00 per student

Run Time: 9.15 am - 2.30 pm

These workshops are for all indigenous students attending NSW Public High Schools. Please note: students must attend one of the workshops listed below to be considered for a place in the 2019 Aboriginal Dance Company.

Workshop Dates and Venues: 

Tuesday 19 February 2019 - Byron Bay High School

Wednesday 20 February 2019 - Nambucca High School

Thursday 21 February 2019 - Taree High School

Friday 22 February 2019 - Newcastle High School

Tuesday 12 March 2019 - Batemans Bay High School

Wednesday 13 March 2019 - Nowra High School

Friday 15 March 2019 - Robyn Webster Sports Centre (Sydney Workshop)

Tuesday 19 March 2019 - Brewarrina Central School

Wednesday 20 March 2019 - Wellington High School

Friday 22 March 2019 - Duval High School

Tuesday 26 March 2019 - BIllabong High School *Change of Venue*

Wednesday 27 March - Leeton High School

Click the link below to apply for a workshop near you:

2019 NSW Public Schools Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshop - Online Application Link

Applications Close & Information Package Return Date:

Byron Bay, Nambucca, Taree and Newcastle: ***Closed***

Bateman's Bay, Nowra and Sydney: Friday 22 February

Brewarrina, Wellington, Armidale, Deniliquin and Leeton: Friday 1 March

Workshop Schedule:

Please note: This is a guide only. There may be some variations to the break times and schedule in order to accommodate for host schools bell times and routine.

9:15 am

Schools Arrive and Sign On

9:30 am

Warm Up

10:00 am


11:50 am


11:05 am

Workshop Continues

12:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:00 pm

Workshop Continues - students eligible for consideration for the 2019 Aboriginal Dance Company will be asked to provide their contact details at this time. Successful students will be notified in May 2019.


Cool Down


Workshop Ends



Schools Spectacular Aboriginal Dance School Ensemble Applications

Whilst this workshop will provide students with dance skills, it is not a part of the Schools Spectacular Aboriginal Dance Ensemble audition process. If Schools would like to apply for the 2019 School Spectacular Aboriginal Dance Ensemble, please check the Schools Spectacular website at the beginning of Term 1 2019 for details.

2019 Aboriginal Dance Company

Whilst this workshop caters for both experienced and experienced dancers, some students will be invited to participate in the 2019 NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company. This Company will rehearse and perform in Sydney for the State Dance Festival, high profile events and the Schools Spectacular. Students wishing to be selected for Company must attend at workshop in order to be considered.

Students selected to be part of the NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company will have the opportunity to  develop their skills, experiences, commitment, and confidence to a level of excellence. Previous Company members have gone on to successfully apply for a range of high profile performance and education opportunities including NAISDA dance college and other tertiary institutions.

For information about the program, please contact Catherine Gilholme, Arts Initiatives & Events Officer, on (02) 8512 1190 or email the Arts Intiatives Team here