A new pathway into the professional world for First Nations dance artists has been announced through a multi-year partnership between NAISDA Dance College, the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts training organisation based on Darkinjung Land on the NSW Central Coast and Lucy Guerin Inc, the critically-acclaimed contemporary dance company located on the lands of the Kulin Nation in Melbourne, Victoria.

Two practising artists from NAISDA’s new Advanced Diploma course will be invited to participate in secondments with Lucy Guerin Inc during rehearsals of new dance creations. This experience will offer the students an authentic experience of working as a company dancer, including participation in daily company training and the creative process in the studio.

Additionally, a recent NAISDA graduate will join Lucy Guerin Inc for a paid internship of up to five weeks. Tailored to the artist’s aspirations, this may include joining rehearsals with the performance company, participating in classes, workshops and discussions at WXYZ Studios, and engaging with the local dance scene. Supported throughout by a First Nations mentor, this internship aims to offer the selected artist an introduction to life as an independent dance artist in Melbourne.

If you’re a recent NAISDA Graduate and would like to apply for the internship, download the application form here.