Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshops

Applications for the 2019 Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshops have now CLOSED.

Keep an eye out for upcoming workshops in 2020 
on The Arts Unit website or on our Facebook page!


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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.


Key Workshop Information:

Location: Various schools across NSW
Cost: $33.00 per student
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.


Workshop Dates and Venues


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


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


Students split into groups based on those auditioning for the Aboriginal Dance Company and those who are not.

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