Career Pathways

NAISDA graduates have been at the forefront of the development of Contemporary Indigenous Dance within Australia and have shaped Australia’s performing arts landscape for over 40 years.

Today they are recognised as our country’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers, choreographers, independent artists and  creative and cultural innovators and pioneers.

  • Over the last ten years NAISDA enrolments have increased by 150%
  • 84% of Developing Artists complete their studies. This is significantly higher than the national completion average.
  • Actively sought by many of Australia’s national dance and performing arts organisations, NAISDA graduates transition into high-profile and rewarding careers across dance, music, theatre, film, arts management, community and education sectors.
  • NAISDA has sustained employment outcomes and opportunities for over 1,400 graduates since it first opened. Thirteen of the current eighteen dancers at Bangarra Dance Theatre studied at NAISDA in the past ten years.

Developing Artists and graduates have also shared Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performances with global audiences at many of Australia’s milestone events including the 1988 Bicentenary, 2000 Sydney Olympics, Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and Melbourne, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival and the 2018 Invictus Games.

Click on the images below to read some recent interviews with NAISDA alumni and explore the variety of career options that a NAISDA education can bring you.