Nicola Sabatino

With Bangarra Since:
Family Background:
Nicola was raised in Weipa, Far North QLD and is a descendant of the Kaurareg and Meriam peoples of the Torres Strait Islands. Nicola also shares Filipino, Scottish and German ancestry.

Nicola began dancing under the guidance of Amanda Seawright, starting with ballet and branching out into jazz and tap. In 2007, she moved to Brisbane to study ballet and contemporary dance at the Australian Dance Performance Institute. 

Nicola went on to study at NAISDA where she had the privilege of learning traditional dance from the Dätiwuy Clan of the Yolngu people and Saibai Island people whilst simultaneously honing her ballet and modern dance techniques. While at NAISDA, she had the pleasure of working with renowned artists Bernadette Walong, Jason Pitt, Charles Koroneho, Tammi Gissell, Vicki Van Hout, Deon Hastie, Sani Townson and her mentor Graeme Watson.

Since graduating from NAISDA in 2012, Nicola has performed as a soloist for Opera Australia in Graeme Murphy's Turandot, with Blakdance 2012, in Tammi Gissell's Feather and Tar – A Cabaret of Sorrows and with Ochre Contemporary Dance Company in Diaphanous.

Joining the Bangarra family in 2013, Nicola toured to Vietnam performing in Spirit and nationally performing in Blak. She also featured in Dan Sultan’s music video for his single Under Your Skin.

Since then she has joined the company on its national, regional and international tours, including the successful 25th anniversary season in 2014.