Dance



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance is as diverse and numerous as the language and regional groups which make up Australian Aboriginal culture.
 
Every dance tells a story; every story reflects the rich cultural heritage or contemporary perspective of Indigenous communities.
 
In arts education, ATSI content through dance can be enhanced through engagement with professional dancers, dance companies and/or choreographers.
 
Suggested dance links below.
 

Western Australian dance performers, organisations or programs:

National organisations and dance training institutions:

Protocols:

Australia Council: Protocols for producing Indigenous Australian performing arts.
 

What's On:

Further reading and contacts:

  • Australian Indigenous Ceremony – song, music and dance.
  • Australian Museum - Paint Up-Aboriginal Dance.
  • Aboriginal song and dance ceremonies – Kimberley/via Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery.
  • Mowanjum Festival - coordinated by the Worrorra, Ngarinyin, and Wunumbal tribes which make up the Mowanjum community outside Derby, Western Australia.
  • Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - Cape York Peninsula.
  • Boomerang Festival – music and dance.
  • Yothu Yindi Foundation – Garma Festival: The largest and most vibrant annual celebration of Yolngu (Aboriginal people of north east Arnhem Land). The Garma Festival incorporates visual art, ancient storytelling, dance, and music as well as other important forums and education and training programs relevant to cultural tourism, craft, governance and youth leadership.
  • Walking with Spirits Festival - Malkgulumbu, Beswick Falls, a hidden treasure on Jawoyn Land in the south western corner of Arnhem Land. An ancient playground, this incredible site is open to the public for one weekend, once a year, when the Wugularr (Beswick) Community invite visitors to share their songs, stories, dance and music.  
  • Video: Looking at Aboriginal identity through dance. Filmmaker Eddie Diamandi explores choreographer mariaa Randall's dance practice and how it intertwines with her Indigenous heritage.
To find out more about the arts education events linked to the arts subject Dance, visit our What’s On page.
 
Professional teachers association list.
 
Artist-in-Residence case studies incorporating Aboriginal student engagement in dance or ATSI arts or cultural content include Karratha Senior High School (cluster) and Buzz Dance Theatre.
 
Dancers, choreographers, dance companies or instructors interested in developing programs for schools, visit Working in the School Context for tips about project planning, creating education resources and professional learning opportunities for teachers, and marketing to schools.
 
Invite an ATSI artist or organisation to be artists-in-residence in your school; check funding providers here.

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