NAISDA seeking applications from Torres Strait Islander aspiring artists - 23.08.18

Australia’s leading First Nations performing arts training organisation NAISDA Dance College, is currently seeking Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal young people aged between 16-26 years to apply for its 2019 intake.

NAISDA provides world-class expertise in cultural and creative training, giving its Developing Artists the opportunity to receive nationally recognised, accredited qualifications that will help them pursue careers in the arts and beyond.

Celebration and cultivation of Torres Strait Islander culture through training, education and performance is a huge part of NAISDA’s core purpose, and the College is currently appealing to Torres Strait Islander young people with a passion for performing to apply for upcoming auditions.

Applicants will be following in the footsteps of graduates from the Torres Strait who have gone on to make significant impacts in the performing arts industry, including Bangarra Dance Theatre dancers Elma Kris and Luke Currie-Richardson, and Independent artists Ghenoa Gela and Hans Ahwang.

One graduate, Dujon Niue, is testament to the opportunities NAISDA provides. Since graduating in 1985, Mr Niue has enjoyed a successful and varied career as an independent artist, Founder of Arpaka Dance Company and also Cultural Tutor to NAISDA’s current Developing Artists.

Dujon Niue (far right) and the Wyniss dance ensemble at Musica Viva
Dujon Niue (far right) and the Wyniss dance ensemble at Musica Viva

“It’s an honour to be working with NAISDA’s Developing Artists as I would like to give something back to NAISDA. I love teaching and sharing my cultural knowledge,” shared Mr Niue.

“NAISDA is a fantastic platform of opportunity for young Indigenous performers to connect and come together, sharing the experiences and knowledge of their communities and where they come from.

“It’s also a healing place to help young people find themselves again and provides  our young people with great opportunities, keeping young people inspired to look forward to bigger and brighter futures,” he concluded.

Applications to audition for NAISDA’s 2019 intake close on 19 October 2018.

To apply, download and complete the NAISDA 2019 application pack or request the pack to mailed out by contacting or 1800 117 116 (Toll Free).