About Us


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.

Membership: 

The BlakDance membership currently features over 70 independent contemporary choreographers. However, our programs are designed to support all of our dance communities, which are estimated to be over 200 dance groups and 100,000 cultural dancers.   

BlakDance: 

  • Is indigenous led 
  • Has an innovative and culturally driven governance structure (Elders, Peers, Members, Board, Management) 
  • Is the trusted source of Indigenous dance advocacy and support in Australia 
  • Plays a critical role in brokering partnerships between our dance communities and presenters, policy makers, audiences, and stakeholders 
  • Provides Indigenous dance leadership

As the national peak body for Indigenous dance in Australia, we are here to serve our dance communities by supporting their needs through programs and advocacy. BlakDance’s programs are designed through consultation with our communities to address issues in their regions. 


BLAKdance Organisational Framework

This structure formally articulates Indigenous governance within a traditional non-for profit structure, and ensures that cultural and strategic innovative leadership drives BlakDance operations. This framework operates on 4 levels, and reflects cultural community structures and Indigenous ways of working.

1. Elders – Provides guidance to the board at least twice a year.
2. Peers – Features up to 9 people from the memberships and are informed by elders. 
3. Board – Informed by Elders and Peers.
4. Management – Informed by Board strategic planning; and provides Elders with project updates to start process again.

BlakDance Elders:

Roslyn Watson

Monica Stevens

Colleen Wall

Michael Leslie

Lily Shearer

Carole Johnson

 

 

BlakDance Peers:

Deon Hastie

Frances Rings

Gary Lang

Jo Clancy

Marilyn Miller

Pauline Lampton

Rayma Johnson

Rita Pryce

Vicki Van Hout

Waiata Telfer