Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshops

Years 7 to 12

Tutors from Bangarra Dance Theatre work with students to develop cultural awareness and explore contemporary Aboriginal dance skills in an engaging one day workshop.

Aboriginal dance workshop

About the program

This program is an exciting collaboration between the internationally renowned Bangarra Dance Theatre and the NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. In this program, tutors from Bangarra work with schools to learn and perform contemporary Indigenous dance.

The 2021 program will begin with a professional learning session for participating teachers and support staff. Students will then participate in 5 hours of workshops over 4 weeks. Bangarra will provide students and teachers with a contemporary indigenous repertoire. There will also be opportunities for schools to incorporate their local cultural dance styles and stories in consultation with their elders and community. 

This engaging and high energy dance program will conclude with a shared virtual performance from each school. The creative tasks that will be covered in the program link to the theme ‘Heal Country!’ which is this year’s NAIDOC theme. If they would like to, participating schools can perform their finished work during NAIDOC Week.

Please note that prior to 2021, the program was run as face-to-face one day workshops. The 2021 program will be held online.

Program inclusions: 2.5 hours professional learning and 5 hours of student workshops over 4 weeks. Up to 20 students may attend from each school.

Fees: $420 total per school to be made up of:

  • $120 for the professional learning session (up to 2 teachers included)
  • $300 for the student workshops (up to 20 students per school).

Location: This interactive program will be conducted online, via the Zoom platform.

Applications: Applications for this program closed on Friday 5 Feb 2021.


The Secondary Aboriginal Dance program is generally run in Term 1. Applications for this program open at the beginning of the school year.  Schools will nominate their preferred days and times when applying for the program.

Each student workshop will run for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Term 1, Week 4: Teacher professional learning session
Term 1, Week 7: Student workshop #1 
Term 1, Week 9: Student workshop #2 
Term 2, Week 2: Student workshop #3 
Term 2, Week 5: Student workshop #4 


The program is available to students and teachers from NSW public schools. In 2021 the program is open to student groups from Years 7 to 12 of Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds.

Teacher professional learning session

The teacher professional learning session will run for 2.5 hours.

The student workshops will begin with a professional learning session for participating teachers and support staff which will include protocols to assist with cultural dance delivery, the connection to culture and the significance of the stories and movement to the land. The session will also cover how to support their students as they develop their final dance work. 

Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshop Promo

Duration: 1:46

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.

Video transcript – Secondary Aboriginal Dance Workshop Promo


The Arts Initiatives team
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