Aboriginal Dance Company

Region: | Sydney
Years 7 to 12 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students

The Aboriginal Dance Company provides opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to excel in contemporary Indigenous dance. This initiative is a collaboration 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.

Aboriginal Dance Company

About the NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company

Applications for the 2024 company have now closed.

The Aboriginal Dance Company is an audition-based dance ensemble for Aboriginal and/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 2024.

Please read the 2024 information package before considering your application. 

Information package 2024 – Aboriginal Dance Company (DOCX 7.03 MB)


Company rehearsals

  • Term 3, Week 7 – Monday 2 September to Friday 6 September at Bangarra Dance Theatre Studios, Dawes Point
  • Term 3, Week 9 – Monday 16 September to Thursday 19 September at Sydney Dance Company Studios, Dawes Point
  • Term 4, Week 4 – Monday 4 November to Friday 8 November at Bangarra Dance Theatre Studios, Dawes Point
  • Term 4, Week 7 – Monday 25 November to Wednesday 27 November at Fairfield RSL, Fairfield
  • Term 4, Week 7 – Wednesday 27 November to Thursday 28 November at Qudos Bank Arena

Performance commitments 

  • State Dance Festival at Seymour Centre, Chippendale –  Friday 20 September 
  • Schools Spectacular at Qudos Bank Arena – Friday 29 November and Saturday 30 November 
  • with the potential for additional opportunities throughout the year as they arise
  • Applications open Friday 9 February.
  • Applications close Friday 12 April.
  • Parents and students will be emailed about the outcome of the audition by Term 2, Week 5, Monday May 27.

Having been a part of the Aboriginal Dance Company for 3 years now, I have gained so much experience and knowledge about the contemporary style of dance Bangarra uses. It has also given me the opportunity to learn more about my culture and make lifelong friendships with other young Aboriginal people.

Monique, Year 10 Campbelltown Performing Arts High School

The Arts Unit's 2024 Aboriginal Initiatives programs are proudly supported by Matrix CNI.

All Arts Unit programs are inclusive. If support is required to participate in the Aboriginal Dance Company, please email artsinitiatives@det.nsw.edu.au so that we can assist.