Russell Page Graduate Program

Established in the name of acclaimed Bangarra dancer Russell Page who passed away in 2002, the Russell Page Graduate Program provides emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists with a year of professional development with Bangarra Dance Theatre.

During their time with the company, participants train and rehearse with some of Australia’s most acclaimed dance artists, and are provided with the opportunity to tour and perform with Bangarra in regional and remote locations, capital cities and on international stages.

Since the program’s inception in 2015, five young Indigenous dancers have joined Bangarra as part of the Graduate Program. These artists have flourished in their training, becoming vital to the spirit and evolution of Bangarra.

Yolanda Lowatta won a Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer in her first year with Bangarra in 2015, while Tyrel Dulvarie thrived in his second year, understudying the role of Bennelong in 2017. Glory Tuohy-Daniell, Baden Hitchcock and Ryan Pearson have all developed into professional artists - sharing their spirit and stories throughout national and international tours.  

As a Major Performing Arts company, Bangarra receives core government funding through the Australia Council for the Arts and Create NSW that supports operational costs for 14 dancers. Given this, the Russell Page Graduate Program relies entirely on philanthropic donations to cover costs associated with salaries, touring, training, production and our Safe Dance Program.

In 2018, Bangarra will recruit two new artists into the company as part of the Russell Page Graduate Program. One of our long-term partners, the Sherry-Hogan Foundation, has generously committed to matching every dollar raised towards this vital initiative to the value of $50,000. This means you now have the opportunity to double the impact of your donation.

Donate now and help us uncover the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.