Since 2005, BlakDance has spearheaded generations of independent choreographers.
Meet the Next Gen
Amrita Hepi is a dancer and choreographer working in performance, video and installation.
She is a Bundjulung and Ngapuhi woman.
She trained at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College and Alvin Ailey American Dance School in New York.
Aug 2017: Collaboration with ASOS, New York
Sep 2017: Sydney Contemporary
Oct 2017: Underbelly Arts Festival, Sydney and Lucy Guerin Studio residency, Melbourne
Dec 2017: Pieces 4 Small Spaces (P4SS) at Lucy Guerin Studio, Melbourne
Jan 2018: Sugar Mountain 2018, Melbourne
Thomas E. S. Kelly
Thomas E.S. Kelly is a Bundjalung/Wiradjuri/Ni-Vanuatu/Irish man.
He grew up doing cultural dances and went on to study at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College.
Sep 2017: ‘VESSEL’ by Outer Urban Projects at Art Centre Melbourne (Co-choreographer), Melbourne
Nov 2017: ‘ECHO’ at PACT, part of AFTERGLOW, Sydney
Katina Olsen is a descendant from the Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri people in Queensland and also has Norwegian, German and English Ancestry.
She holds a BFA (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology and a Diploma in Dance from Queensland Dance School of Excellence.
Aug 2017: ‘Mozart Airborne’ by Expressions Dance Company and Opera Queensland at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane
Sep 2017: Critical Path Residency for First Nations Australian artists, Bungendore, NSW
Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri man, who began dancing at age 20.
He graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2005.
Joel’s solo performance BILADURANG was awarded best Performance in the 2017 Melbourne Fringe.
Nov 2017: Performing in Djurra, directed by Kirk Page at NORPA, Lismore City Hall
Mar 2018: BILADURANG (Platypus), NZ Fringe
Dec 2018: Performing with Complexity of Belonging by Anouk van Dijk in Belgium and the Netherlands
Mariaa Randall belongs to the Bundjalung and Yaegl people.
She is a graduate of the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College, and the Victorian College of the Arts.
Aug 2017: Winter Night Screen Project: Choreographing Two-Dimensions at Counihan Gallery In Brunswick, Melbourne
Sep 2017: Indigenous Choreographers Residency, Season 2 at Arts House, Melbourne