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.


Date 5 – 7 May 2017

Presented by BlakDance The National Indigenous Dance Forum will gather traditional and contemporary dancers, community dance groups and independent artists to participate in three days of discussions that will focus on our needs within our communities. 

Our BlakDance incoming Chair

BlakDance is thrilled to announce Carla McGrath as the incoming Madame Chair for the organisation.

Carla joins BlakDance from January 2017.

Carla McGrath is a proud Indigenous Australian woman whose family comes from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Raised on the Australian mainland, Carla retains strong family and community ties to the Torres Strait.

We would like to acknowledge Nareen Young, BlakDance Director for serving as the interim Madame Chair from July 2016 - January 2017. We are delighted that our former long serving Madame Chair; Monica Stevens has accepted the esteemed position of joining the group of BlakDance Elders.

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

Carla is a consultant specialising in community engagement and consultation, facilitation, for-purpose organisational sustainability, and program design, development and facilitation.

Carla was previously Head of Sustainability at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern, Sydney. Prior to that she worked as Relationship Manager at AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience).

In addition, Carla is a Board Director of GetUp!, Board Director of Shared Path Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation and a Delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

Carla's previous board and governance roles include Co-Chair of the Management Committee of the NSW Reconciliation Council, Vice Chair of AYAC (Australian Youth Affairs Coalition), Board Director of Flashpoint Labs and the George Hicks Foundation, Member of the AIME Corporation and Member of The Smith Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel. 

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