Since 2005, BlakDance has spearheaded generations of independent choreographers. 

Meet the Next Gen.


Amrita Hepi

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: Collaboration with ASOS, New York

Sep: Sydney Contemporary

Oct: Underbelly Arts Festival, Sydney and Lucy Guerin Studio residency, Melbourne

Dec: Pieces 4 Small Spaces (P4SS) at Lucy Guerin Studio, Melbourne

Jan: Sugar Mountain 2018, Melbourne

Image by Prue Stent

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

Thomas E. S. Kelly

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

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

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

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: ‘Mozart Airborne’ by Expressions Dance Company and Opera Queensland at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane

Sep: Critical Path Residency for First Nations Australian artists, Bungendore, NSW 


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 …

Mariaa Randall

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: Winter Night Screen Project: Choreographing Two-Dimensions at Counihan Gallery In Brunswick, Melbourne

Sep: Indigenous Choreographers Residency, Season 2 at Arts House, Melbourne

Image by Bryony Jackson

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