RUSSELL PAGE GRADUATE PROGRAM
Since 2015, the Russell Page Graduate Program has helped emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers find their feet in the world of professional dance.
Through the Program, one graduate dancer will join Bangarra’s ensemble of proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers in 2020. They will undertake a year of tailored mentoring and development, while travelling the country as a performer in Bangarra shows, working with communities on Country, and acting as a cultural ambassador on the global stage during the company’s international tour.
Donate now to support our new Bangarra dancer in 2020. Every dollar raised by Bangarra towards the Russell Page Graduate Program will be generously matched by the Sherry-Hogan Foundation to the amount of $60,000.
About the Russell Page Graduate Program
As the only Major Performing Arts company in Australia with is origins in this land, Bangarra is committed to nurturing the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.
The Russell Page Graduate Program provides artists with an invaluable opportunity to build their artistic and professional skills, providing a nurturing environment to transition from tertiary dance studies, into life as a professional dance artist.
The Russell Page Graduate Program includes:
- Training in Bangarra’s unique dance technique, with opportunities to rehearse and perform with senior members of the ensemble
- Full immersion in Bangarra’s acclaimed Safe Dance Program, a holistic approach to ensuring the health and professional longevity of our dancers. With a focus on body maintenance and injury prevention, the Program includes regular physiotherapy sessions, myotherapy, Pilates and yoga, as well as mental health support
- Mentorship and guidance through some of the more challenging aspects of professional life – such as the demands of life on the road, and adjusting to a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule
- And of course, the life-changing opportunity to work with Australia’s leading choreographers, designers and artists
The Graduate Program is named after the late Russell Page, a founding member of Bangarra and one of its most revered dancers, who passed away in 2002. Russell was a passionate advocate of passing down knowledge and sharing his skills with younger dancers, a legacy that lives on through the current dance ensemble.
The Russell Page Graduate Program is entirely funded by philanthropic support.
Eight of the current Bangarra company dancers have come through the Russell Page Graduate Program since its inception.
Meet Bangarra’s past and current Graduates:
Gusta Mara (2019), Kallum Goolagong (2019), Lillian Banks (2018), Brad Smith (2018), Baden Hitchcock (2017), Ryan Pearson (2017), Glory Tuohy-Daniell (2016), Tyrel Dulvarie (2016), Yolanda Lowatta (2015 - no longer with Bangarra)