Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshops

Applications for Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshops will open on
Tuesday 28 January, 2020!

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Read the Information Package carefully before registering: 
Download the Teacher Information Package here

Click the following link to register for a workshop near you*: 
2020 Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshops - Online Registration

*Please note: registration will close when the workshop is full, or on the Friday prior to the workshop.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from NSW Public Schools are invited to participate in a one day contemporary Aboriginal dance 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.


Key Workshop Information:

Location: Various schools across NSW
Cost: $33.00 per student (incl GST)
Run Time: 9:15am - 2:30pm
Attendees: These workshops are for all indigenous students attending NSW Public High Schools.

Please note: Students must attend one of the 2020 Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshops to be considered for a place in the 2020 Aboriginal Dance Company. Please read the Information Package carefully for instructions on how students can apply to be considered for the 2020 Company, as a new process is in place.

Workshop Dates and Venues

Term 1, Week 4

  • Wednesday 19 February: Wollongong High School of Performing Arts
  • Thursday 20 February: Ambarvale High School (South-West Sydney)
  • Friday 21 February: Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School (Western Sydney)

Term 1, Week 7

  • Tuesday 10 March: Evans River K-12 School (Ballina area)
  • Wednesday 11 March: Coffs Harbour Senior College
  • Thursday 12 March: Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie Campus
  • Friday 13 March: Rutherford High School (Hunter/Central Coast)

Term 1, Week 8

  • Tuesday 17 March: Dubbo College South Campus
  • Wednesday 18 March: Denison College Kelso Campus (Bathurst area)
  • Friday 20 March: Tamworth High School

Term 1, Week 10

  • Tuesday 31 March, Kooringal High School (Riverina)
  • Thursday 2 April, Ulladulla High School


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

9:45 am


10:50 am

Recess (15 mins)

11:05 am

Workshop continues

12:30 pm

Lunch (30 mins)

1:00 pm

Workshop continues 

2:15 pm

Cool down

2:30 pm

Workshop concludes



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 2020 School Spectacular Aboriginal Dance Ensemble, please check the Schools Spectacular website at the beginning of Term 1 2020 for details. 


2020 Aboriginal Dance Company

Whilst this workshop caters for both experienced and inexperienced dancers, during the workshops students with exceptional talent and potential will be considered eligible for selection for the 2020 NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company. The Company will rehearse and perform in Sydney for the State Dance Festival and the Schools Spectacular.

Students wishing to be selected for Company must attend a workshop in order to be considered. Please read the Teacher's Information Package carefully for instructions on how to apply.

Students selected to be part of the NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company will have the opportunity to  develop their skills, experiences 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