Rafael Bonachela - Dance

Rafaela Bonachela - Artistic Director at Sydney Dance Company is The Arts Unit's Ambassador for Dance.

I am so pleased that Sydney Dance Company and The Arts Unit are in our sixth year of partnership – it has been such an honour to see the quality of work that has been produced by all the Teachers, Students and Parents involved with the Dance program over the years. I look forward to many more years of partnership!

I have been dancing since I was a little boy and I believe in contemporary dance; it’s exciting, it’s moving and it’s transformative for both the audience and the performers. I have seen firsthand the benefit of investing in what we do – I have had the pleasure of watching people of all ages across Australia and all over the world respond to dance; be challenged, be inspired and be thrilled. There is a very real magic that happens when a group of young dancers take to the stage and share what they have worked so hard to create.

The Arts Unit are such an imperative part of the development of dance in our state; they encourage the next generation of young dancers of young artists, to dare to create and to explore their own ideas as people.  As dancers we push ourselves to reach beyond our usual limits every time we dance, whether we’re trying to master that turn or jump higher than we did yesterday. It is so vital to believe in yourself and keep working to exceed your own expectations of what you are able to do or feel when you dance.

Don’t let yourself be restricted by limitations – find what works for you and work to carve a pathway and mindset that will help you exceed your previous expectations so you can be the best possible version of yourself.