BlakDance is the industry body for contemporary Indigenous dance.

Our mission at BlakDance is to cultivate and promote dance in our communities and beyond.

We support artists and communities across many forms of dance and diverse geographies of histories, songlines and protocols.  We connect collaborators and communities, fuel creative exchange and build public discourse to strengthen our art form and our artistic sovereignty.  Artistic sovereignty is our communities defining art practices and protocol.

Our BlakDance outgoing Chair

BlakDance held its annual General Meeting (AGM) in Sydney in July 2016. At this meeting, our Chairperson stepped down after serving from 2014 to 2016. Madam Chair, Monica Stevens - mBabarum, of Yidinji, Kuku Yalanji peoples has danced professionally with the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre and is a founding member of the Bangarra Dance Theatre. BlakDance was honoured to have Monica as our Chair through the transformational period of BlakDance. Going into 2017, BlakDance is on solid ground with federal and state funding from 2017-2020. We thank Monica for her dedication, steady stewardship and tireless commitment to BlakDance and the sector in which its serves. Monica joins the BlakDance Elders as our newest Elder of BlakDance.

Please see our team page for a full list of Elders, Peers, Board Directors and Staff.


Elected Chair of the BlakDance Board in 2014.

Experience: Monica is a senior Aboriginal knowledge keeper within the dance community. She has broad experience ranging from dance programs touring and events, to academic, performing arts and dance boards and is an active contributor and practitioner.

Chairs report 2016

The BlakDance Vision