Aboriginal Dance Company

Years 7 to 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

The Aboriginal Dance Company provides opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to excel in contemporary Indigenous dance. This initiative is a partnership with the world-renowned Australian dance company Bangarra Dance Theatre, enabling students to work with leading dancers and choreographers to recreate works from Bangarra Dance Theatre's repertoire.


Applications open Monday 31 January (Term 1 Week 2)
Applications close Friday 8 April (Term 1 Week 11)
Rehearsals at Bangarra Studios for State Dance Festival (Term 3 Week 6 and 9).


What is the NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company?

The Aboriginal Dance Company is an audition-based dance ensemble for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students who excel in contemporary Indigenous dance. The Company is a partnership between the NSW Department of Education Arts Unit and Bangarra Dance Theatre.

In previous years, the Company has performed at state dance festivals, in the Schools Spectacular and at a number of other high profile events. Students selected for the Company will experience new and exciting opportunities to perform in 2022.

To apply, students must complete the online application form and upload the following components:

  • A video of themselves dancing a contemporary Indigenous repertoire. This could be the repertoire from the workshops or a similar repertoire. This should be 2 minutes in length and shot in landscape with the student applying performing and visible from head to toe. Groups are not encouraged as students are hard to identify. Multiple applications from schools will be accepted.
  • A filmed 1 minute Viva Voce (short speech) introducing themselves, their school, their mob, their dance experience and why they would like to be part of the Aboriginal Dance Company.
  • A headshot photograph.

Applications open Monday 31 January 2022 and close on Friday 8 April 2022.


The Arts Initiatives team
The Arts Unit

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