About Us

BlakDance is the national peak body for Indigenous dance in Australia, prioritising independent artists and emerging small to medium companies. Based in Brisbane, Australia, BlakDance works nationally and has a dedicated multi year program.

We provide our members with sector advocacy, information about industry events and responsive, on demand, artist and presenter services. We run leadership initiatives and we produce the National Indigenous Dance Forum and Dana Waranara.

Imagine a world where there is strong industry participation, networks, representation and pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance practitioners and communities across the arts sector, locally, nationally and globally. That’s the BlakDance vision.

2018 Membership is now open. Find out more.

BlakDance Respectful and Relational Process

GROW the sector; to reflect on our actions, remain respectful to our principles, connect with markets and help others do the same.

CONNECT with our communities to lay the tracks for them to connect with the market and perform.

ENGAGE with our communities to produce events that enables our mob to engage with sector

EXPLORE and help others explore the edges and beyond programming and critical best practice locally and globally.

CATCH live dance, interviews and yarns ready to share back to our community.

KEEP the catch of our sector and archive, communicate and showcase it in digital, print and web form.


BlakDance respects the Framework Circle; subordinate to Indigenous Knowledge protocols, decolonising methods and the priorities and goals arising from communal and relational dialogs.


BlakDance respects the process cycles inside LISTENING and TRANSFORMING which together make the process circle, honoured each and every time programming and projects emerge.