In the lead up to NAIDOC Week it’s timely to acknowledge the important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers and artists play in shaping the cultural landscape.

2 July 2018

One of Australia’s elite training organisations, NAISDA Dance College, not only develops great dancers, it offers a program rich in culture.

In keeping with this year’s NAIDOC theme – Because of her, we can! – NAISDA Dance College will celebrate the force of the female spirit in its upcoming performance season of Messenger, at The Art House in Wyong, New South Wales from 4 to 7 July. Messenger acknowledges the importance of mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters and daughters in our lives.

Since 1976, NAISDA has been producing world-class performers who have gone on to share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dance, music, culture and history with audiences from around the globe. One student aspiring to follow in their footsteps is first year Certificate IV student Maddison Paluch.

“One of the reasons I chose NAISDA was because it wasn't just about dancing, it's about telling the stories and moving forward,” Maddison said.

NAISDA Board Director Dr Deborah Cheetham, AO, says NAISDA Dance college has a unique role.

“A student who graduates from NAISDA almost instantly becomes an ambassador for Australia and our connection to that 70,000 years, those two thousand generations of lived culture on this land. I believe that as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, our way of knowing the world, giving meaning to everything in it, comes through dance, music, the visual arts.”

Fourth year Diploma student Neville Williams-Boney echoed this sentiment, “NAISDA has given me my culture back. That's the main reason I came here. I got that and so much more. Dancing is my voice. It's a way for me to connect to my history, my past and future.”

Experience the power and passion of the NAISDA Dance College performances by watching our latest video and enjoy the original music composition created by Kiarn Doyle, NAISDA Certificate IV student, in his Dance, Film and Musicianship unit.

NAISDA is one of eight national elite performing arts organisations supported by the Department of Communications and the Arts.

Find out more:

NAISDA Dance College website
Kiarn Doyle profile