Young dancers get their groove on

Young Aboriginal dancers from Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo at a recent workshop in Condobolin preparing to travel to Bathurst to perform at "Marramarra" which will be held on Tuesday July 12. DG

By Dominic Geiger

Young Aboriginal dancers from Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo will soon be travelling to Bathurst to perform at a major Aboriginal Arts event.

The event, known as ‘Marramarra’, will be held on Tuesday July 12 at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and will also feature school aged dancers from Cowra, the Blue Mountains, Wellington and Bathurst.

Contemporary Aboriginal choreographer and dancer, Jo Clancy, said she has been travelling to various schools in the Central West over the past few months, helping students prepare for the big event.

“[The workshops] are about developing dances for young people to keep and perform themselves, but it’s also about the exciting thing of going to Bathurst and having a professional experience under lights with costumes,” she said.

“It’s also a great opportunity for the [various] communities to come together.”

Jo said the project was interesting for Condobolin because the town already has a small boy’s dance group.

“Those dancers are now able to experience contemporary movement,” she said.

“Four Condobolin girls also have the chance to learn some of the dances and potentially join up with the boys.”

Jo also said two Condobolin students in years nine to twelve would be offered the chance to go to a dance camp at the Redfern National Centre for Indigenous Excellence run by NAISDA Dance College in August.


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