Since 2005, BlakDance has spearheaded generations of independent choreographers. 


Meet the Next Gen


Amrita Hepi

A Call To Dance Image by Sarah Walker

My work always begins from working with the body as a point of archive, memory and resistance …


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.

Image by Brook Mitchell

Upcoming work:

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

This _ _ _ _ _ _ _ may not protect you but at times it’s enough to know it’s there.Image by Prue Stent

I am interested in probing intersecting ideas of authenticity, culture, tradition, and a ‘decolonial imagination’ …

Thomas E. S. Kelly

MIS(Conceive) Image by Zan Wimberley

Dance is communication. When I
dance or create dance I am telling a story and sharing information …



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.

Image by Kate Holmes

Upcoming work:

Sep 2017: ‘VESSEL’ by Outer Urban Projects at Art Centre Melbourne (Co-choreographer), Melbourne

Nov 2017: ‘ECHO’ at PACT, part of AFTERGLOW, Sydney

CO_EX_EN Image by Haley Rose

… my own cultural heritage is a minority, within it’s own country. I create dance to give my minority a major voice …

Katina Olsen

GBO Image by Maylei Hunt & Gavin Bradstreet

My practice is an accumulation of many forms – contemporary dance forms layered with cultural forms …


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.


Image by Peter Plozza

Upcoming work:

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 


The Dark Room Image by Jenni Large

Dance is a kind of repatriation, a return to country, a continuous searching and finding of my own style and aesthetic …

Joel Bray

  BILADURANG  Image by Pippa Samaya

BILADURANG Image by Pippa Samaya

I remember my first dance class, it was like waking up from a dream. Yep, I thought to myself, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life...


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.


 Image by Michael Carr

Image by Michael Carr

Upcoming work:

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

  En-Route  Image by Emma Fishwyck

En-Route Image by Emma Fishwyck

My dance practice is about the body as a site for intimacy and confession - to pull back the curtains from my soul...

Mariaa Randall

HA LF Image by Jeff Busby

Dance has been many things to me – first a dream, then a ticket, then freedom, then the teacher, the healer, the storyteller and the instigator …



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.


Image by Mariaa Randall

Upcoming work:

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

Divercity Image by Bryony Jackson

I use dance as a tool for storytelling, activism and cultural revitalisation …