- With Bangarra Since:
- Family Background:
- Yolanda was born on Thursday Island and grew up in Mackay. She is a descendant of Yam Island in the Torres Strait and is also of Papua New Guinean and Fijian heritage.
She joined Bangarra in 2015 as a recipient of the Russell Page Graduate Program.
Moving to Brisbane in 2011, Yolanda graduated from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) in 2013. An actor, singer and dancer, her theatre credits include MABO, directed by Rachel Perkins; Stolen directed by Leah Purcell and Up The Ladder directed by Wesley Enoch and choreographed by Penelope Mullen.
Yolanda has also appeared in Beguiled for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Judith Wright Centre commission, Danse Noir, both choreographed by Penelope Mullen.
Yolanda danced with Ochre Contemporary Dance Company in 2014 before joining Bangarra. In 2016, Yolanda won a Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer in Sheoak as part of the lore program.
- 2016 - Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work