Waangenga Blanco

With Bangarra Since:
Family Background:
Waangenga is a descendant of the Mer Island people and of the Pajinka Wik, Cape York.

After studying at NAISDA, Waangenga was invited to join Bangarra in 2005. His career highlights include the company's return to Meriam Mer in the Torres Strait Islands to perform Emeret Lu by the ocean and also dancing on the football field in Yirrkala for the community.


In 2015, he made his choreographic debut with I.B.I.S as part of the lore program. He won an Australian Dance Award and Green Room Award for his performance in 2014’s Patyegarang and was nominated for a Helpmann Award and Greenroom Award for Male Dancer of the Year in 2012. 


Waangenga appeared in films Bran Nue Dae (2009), The Turning (2013), Dive, Stephen Page’s SPEAR (2016), and Dan Sultan’s music video “Under Your Skin”


He aims to inspire through his deep love and connection to Country and culture, and draws strength from his family and his childlike curiosity to look, listen and learn from our rich tapestry of stories.

  • 2015 - Australian Dance Award for Oustanding Performance by a Male Dancer, Patyegarang
  • 2015 - Green Room award for Oustanding Performance by a Male Dancer, Patyegarang

"Dancing empowers me and Bangarra opens up the space to learn about and share my culture. I’d like to be an inspiration to young male dancers." - Waangenga Blanco

"athletic and immensely powerful"

The Daily Telegraph