Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshops

Applications for the 2018 Aboriginal Dance Workshops will open in December 2017.

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About The Workshops

Aboriginal students from NSW public schools are invited to participate in the one-day workshops run by the Department of Education in collaboration with the internationally renowned Bangarra Dance Theatre. Students will learn contemporary Indigenous dance repertoire from some of Bangarra’s leading artists. This workshop aims to foster the development of dance skills and cultural significance in talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, both boys and girls from school years 7-12.

Students with exceptional talent and potential will be identified from the workshops to join the 2018 NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company. Selected students must commit to 2 X1 week of workshops and rehearsals in Sydney for term 3 and 4  and to performing in both the State Dance Festival and the Schools Spectacular.

This is a highly motivational program that is recommended for all students, particularly those who are at risk of disengaging at school or are disadvantaged in some way. It satisfies the current educational priority areas of rural and remote, gifted and talented, career pathways and Indigenous engagement. School Principals are encouraged to support these students through their school or wider community avenues.

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 audition process. If Schools would like to apply for the 2018 School Spectacular Aboriginal Dance Ensemble, please check the Schools Spectacular website for details. http://www.schoolsspectacular.com.au

Previous Opportunities

In 2017, the Aboriginal Dance Company and Schools Spectacular Aboriginal Dance Ensemble performed to great acclaim at a range of high profile and televised events. Not only does this company extend the skills, experiences, commitment, and confidence of students to a level of excellence but it may also inform a future career path. Students from the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Company have been successful in gaining a place at the NAISDA dance college.

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