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 our additional 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.
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 as the future custodians of their culture.
“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, Townsville QLD
The program is delivered by the Youth Program Team, with the direction of Sidney Saltner. All former Bangarra dancers, these educators 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 as a free program to the communities that need it most. We rely on philanthropic support to transform the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.