Russell Page, a proud descendent of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh nation of South East Queensland, holds a vital place of Bangarra’s history and his legacy remains strong. Younger brother to David and Stephen Page, Russell was an artist of truly immense talent. His performances were mesmerising, as a colleague he was inspiring, and his twelve years with the company have left an imprint that will never fade but will continue to inspire.

The Russell Page Graduate Program provides opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance graduates or early career artists to develop as professional dancers through training and mentoring, as well as by being an active member of the dancer ensemble for performances and touring seasons. Initiated in 2015, the Russell Page Graduate Program has seen over twenty young artists commence their first professional engagement with Bangarra. Within the current ensemble of dancers, 11 of the 16 dancers have entered the company as Russell Page Graduates.

Graduates and young dance artists between the ages of 18 and 23 are invited to apply to work with Bangarra as part of the Russell Page Graduate Program. The successful candidate will commence their contract term in January 2022 through to December 2022 (specific dates TBC). This is a paid position under the Live Performance Award 2020.

The program provides support and guidance to the selected graduate as they train and develop alongside the company’s dancers and choreographers in the following focus areas:

  1. The role of the artist in a creative cultural context 
  2. Training: Traditional Cultural, Contemporary Dance, Ballet, and somatic practices (Pilates, yoga)
  3. Physical conditioning and maintenance 
  4. Professionalism / Personal development
  5. Evaluation and self-reflection  

These focus areas cover the critical knowledge and skills required by professional dancers working at Bangarra Dance Theatre as well as in other performing arts and independent/freelance contexts. 

Thank you to the Sherry-Hogan Foundation, The Ross Trust and our individual donors for their generous support of the Russell Page Graduate Program.


  Applications open   Tuesday 5 October 2021
  Applications close   Monday 18 October 2021
  Audition (Studio - In person)   Monday 1 November 2021
  Audition (Online)   Wednesday 3 November 2021
  Successful candidate notified   Friday 5 November 2021
  Commence work   January 2022



Applicants must fulfil the following criteria: 

  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 23 years. (If you turn 18 in 2022 you are eligible)
  • Demonstrate evidence of advanced dance skills and training
  • Be available to audition either in person at Bangarra’s Walsh Bay studio (1 November) or online (3 November). Please note that in person auditions are subject to NSW public health orders at the time, and auditions held at Bangarra's studio will adhere to our COVID-safety plan

Applicants must send the following to jobs@bangarra.com.au on or prior to closing date: Monday 18 October 2021


For more information on the Graduate Program and how to apply, please download our application information below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shane Carroll on 0411 835 490 or email shane@bangarra.com.au

Information for Applicants

Application & Medical Form