Who is BlakDance? 

We are the peak body for Indigenous Dance in Australia.

Our Purpose

is to proudly support our communities to dance. 

Our vision

is to be the gateway to the diversity of Indigenous dance in Australia.


Date 5 – 7 May 2017

The National Indigenous Dance Forum (NIDF) is a BlakDance gathering, presented in partnership with YIRRAMBOI, First Nations arts festival

The NIDF is for all dance communities – cultural and contemporary dancers, community dance groups and independent artists – to gather to discuss our needs in communities across Australia.

The NIDF is part of the Bullarto Wonthaggi (Everyone Gathering Together) program of YIRRAMBOI.  It will take place at the Weelan Ngalut (Meat Markets), North Melbourne.   

nidf program

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. 

The BlakDance Goals

BlakDance is the key driving organisation for Australian Indigenous dance through: