More than a dance company

Did you know that Bangarra’s activities reach far beyond the stage?

Our flagship youth outreach program Rekindling is one of many initiatives through which Bangarra connects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around the country, every year.

As these programs are not covered by our core government funding, Bangarra relies on the generosity of individuals like you to help us engage with and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Donate now to support this vital work.

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“Rekindling has helped me become more of a leader. Before this, I didn’t think I’d be a leader. I thought I’d always be someone taking orders.”

Rekindling participant

Bangarra’s youth outreach program Rekindling inspires pride, kinship, resilience and a sense of strength in secondary school-age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, helping to prepare them to be the future custodians of their culture.

The Youth Program Team

This unique program is delivered by the Youth Program Team: Youth Program Director Sidney Saltner and Team Leaders Chantal Kerr and Patrick Thaiday, who are all former Bangarra dancers.

Their knowledge, experience and care ensure that Rekindling is fundamentally led by and tailored to the specific needs of each community.

Children participating in Rekindling:

  • Connect with their local Elders, going on Country and learning stories, songs and knowledge of the area
  • Learn Bangarra dance and storytelling technique, including dances from Bangarra’s repertoire
  • Create their own contemporary dance pieces based on the stories of their Elders
  • Share their work with their peers, teachers, families and broader community in a free performance at the end of the residency.
“Seeing the kids embracing their culture and seeing it in a positive way is just next-level amazing. Their confidence has skyrocketed.”

School teacher, Charleville QLD

Bangarra delivers Rekindling each year in four communities around Australia, as a free program. Since its launch in 2013, Rekindling has been delivered in 30 communities across five states, with more than 600 students taking part. This year the Youth Program Team is working with communities in Cherbourg, Rockhampton and the Northern Peninsula Area in Queensland, as well as La Perouse/Matraville in Sydney. 

We rely on philanthropic support to transform the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Join our incredible family of donors today, to support programs like Rekindling.

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