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.

2022 applications

Applications for this program open Monday 31 January 2022 and close on Friday 11 February 2022.

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 a contemporary Indigenous dance repertoire.

This engaging and high energy dance program is open to students from Years 7 to 12 of Indigenous backgrounds. Students who display exceptional talent and potential in contemporary and traditional Aboriginal dance, will be considered eligible for selection for the 2022 NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company.

In 2022, schools will be offered the opportunity to participate in a one-day face to face workshop during Term 1, at a range of venues throughout the state. Schools unable to attend these workshops due to distance, will be offered the opportunity to attend 3 online workshop sessions with Bangarra tutors. Priority for the online workshops will be given to rural and remote schools.

It is expected that all students will be accompanied by a supervising teacher, unless prior arrangements have been made to ensure an appropriate level of duty of care can be provided. For more information contact Catherine Gilholme:

The 2022 program will begin with an online teacher’s information briefing that all participating teachers are expected to attend. 

Bangarra will provide students and teachers with resources to develop 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. 

Workshop information

To receive information regarding the online workshops, email to discuss your eligibility.

Program organisation

Face-to-face workshops – for Indigenous students only

  • Teacher information briefing and a 5-hour student workshop for up to 20 students per school.
  • $30 per student.

Online workshops for – Indigenous and non-Indigenous students (priority will be given to rural and remote schools)

  • Teacher information briefing and 3 x 1.15 hour zoom workshops for up to 20 students per school.
  • $300 per school.


Term 1 Week 4

  • Wednesday 16 February - Teacher information briefing - Zoom link to be sent to participating schools

Term 1 Week 6

  • Monday 28 February - Online workshop day 1 
  • Tuesday 1 March – Maitland Grossmann High School
  • Wednesday 2 March - Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Berkeley Vale Campus
  • Thursday 3 March – Online workshop day 2
  • Friday 4 March – Karabar High School

Term 1 Week 7

  • Tuesday 8 March – South Grafton High School
  • Wednesday 9 March – Inverell High School
  • Thursday 10 March – Narrabri High School
  • Friday 11 March – Dubbo College South Campus

Term 1 Week 9

  • Monday 21 March – Online workshop day 3 - Showcase 
  • Tuesday 22 March – Cowra High School
  • Wednesday 23 March – Lithgow High School
  • Thursday 24 March – Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts
  • Friday 25 March – Rooty Hill High School

Teacher information briefing

The teacher information briefing will run on:  

Wednesday 16 February 2022 (Term 1 Week 4)
Time: TBC

The teacher information briefing is for participating teachers and support staff. The session will include protocols to assist with cultural dance delivery, the connection to culture and the repertoire’s connection to stories and to the land. 

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.


The Arts Initiatives team
The Arts Unit

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