Jo Clancy – Head of Cultural Practice

Jo Clancy is a Mother, a Daughter, a Sister and an Aunty to many. She is a First Nations Australian Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher and Mentor. Jo is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people of Western NSW and was raised
and still lives on Darug and Gundungurra Country in the Blue Mountains with her family.

Jo commenced her full-time dance training at NAISDA Dance College in 1990 and then went on to Western Sydney University where she became the first Aboriginal person to gain a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in NSW.

Since graduating from full-time dance studies Jo has consistently worked as an Independent Dance Artist performing and teaching nationally and internationally. She was Head of Dance at NAISDA from 2005-2007 and is currently Head of Cultural Practice at the College. Jo founded her Company Wagana Aboriginal Dancers in 2007.

Over the past twenty-five years Jo has developed many Contemporary Aboriginal dance works and education projects for festivals and events throughout Australia and overseas including Bangalang for the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow, Sum of our Ancestors for Dance and the Child in Copenhagen Denmark, Gaurii for the Commonwealth Games Art and Cultural Festival on the Gold Coast Australia in 2018 and most recently Wirawi Bulbwul for Dance and the Child in Adelaide Australia. Wagana have been the Australian representatives at the Honolulu Festival in Hawaii since 2016 and they have an ongoing Sista collaboration with the Raven Spirit Dancers from Vancouver.