In recognition of International Dance Day, we speak to NAISDA student Kiarn Doyle about starting a career in dance and how it has helped him express himself.

29 April 2018

Kiarn Doyle is studying a Certificate IV NAISDA Developing Artist. NAISDA is Australia’s Indigenous dance training college which has been producing the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers since 1976.

It is one of Australia’s eight national elite performing arts training organisations supported by the Government for more than 30 years.

Why did you want to be part of NAISDA?

I wanted to join NAISDA to engage in the basics of all styles of dance. I also wanted to experience a cultural setting and learn about the many different cultures that are native to Australia.

How has NAISDA helped you grow as an artist?

I feel that NAISDA has helped me grow, not only as an artist in finding what my strengths and abilities are, but also as a young man in finding a place and voice in this generation in the industry.

What would you say to someone wanting to join NAISDA?

I would say that they should audition if they love dance and culture. Also, to put in 100 per cent effort. You’ll have many personal ups and downs and you just have to find a way to push through them.

What do you want to do after you have graduated? Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

After I graduate, I would like to start creating dance pieces and get my name out there in the industry and then start working towards building my own company/dance school. My ultimate goal, however, is to become one of the world’s best choreographers and have my own distinct style that people practice.

Why do you love dance?

I love dance because it allows you to see into a person and see what their heart is saying. I also love dance because it’s a nice way to deal with my ADHD in a fun and calming way.


For more information visit NAISDA’s website