National Indigenous Dance Forum (NIDF) 
A Gathering, presented by BlakDance

5–7 May 2017

The National Indigenous Dance Forum (NIDF) is a BlakDance gathering, presented in partnership with YIRRAMBOi First Nations arts festival

The NIDF is for all dance communities – cultural and contemporary dancers, community dance groups and independent artists – to gather to discuss our needs in communities across Australia.

The NIDF is part of the Bullarto Wonthaggi (Everyone Gathering Together) program of YIRRAMBOi First nations arts festival.    

Who   indigenous dance sector members from AUSTRALIA, ALONGSIDE global first nations guests. 
where   The meat market  melbourne  australia.
when   5 - 7 may 2017.
why   to discuss the needs of indigenous dance in communities in australia.


the NIDF is for people who want to be actively involved in developing a national action plan for Indigenous dance and are willing to work with others from across the country in the coming years to make it happen. It will bring together representatives from as many regions as possible.

When you come to the National Indigenous Dance Forum, you have to be really clear about what your purpose is, be strong and determined to fulfil that purpose. Be aware of where you are and have a sense of place.
- Marilyn Miller -
founder of BlakDance

Whilst some participants will be invited directly, places are also open for people to self nominate through submitting an EOI. 

Pending demand the BLAKdance programming COMMITTEE (board directors) will assess expressions of interest and decide on the final list of participants. Inclusion and diversity in terms of Tribe/Nation, age, geography, gender, regional, practice and community will be priorities. 

All participants will become members of BlakDance and will be expected to make active contributions in the lead up, during and following on the gathering.


NIDF is a free event for registered participants.

For more information on previous National Indigenous Dance Forums, please take a look at  the Creating Pathways outcomes from 2005.

the Blakdance presenter series will run alongside the forum giving presenters and producers the opportunity to  develop first hand insights into curatorial capacity of First Nations dance.

For more information about the Presenter Series and to submit an Expression of Interest please click here.


on sunday 7 may 2017 BLAKdANCE will host Aboriginal Ballet Dancers of australia. Now and then; our FORGOTTEN heroes.

an historic DISCUSSION panel bringing together 7 aboriginal ballet dancers to journey through history, friendship, generosity and hopes.

Aboriginal Ballet Dancer of Australia
7 May, 6.30PM
Melbourne City Town Hall
Co-convened by Marilyn Miller (founder of BlakDance) and David McAllister (Artistic Director Australian Ballet)


Mary Joyce Miller
Photo courtesy of Sunday Times Newspaper Perth 1959, the year Mary Joyce Miller auditioned and was accepted as a member of the West Australian Ballet Company.