NAISDA Dance College Graduation

NAISDA Dance College Graduation

October 19, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The graduation ceremony is a coming
together of family and community and it’s to celebrate our young developing
artists progression through the course. I think the most important thing that I
see in the graduation day is thinking back to when they first came to NAISDA as young adults and seeing them leave as young mature adults. A student who graduates from NAISDA almost instantly becomes an ambassador for
Australia and our connection to that 70,000 years…those 2,000 generations of lived culture on this land. This is a really special day
for all of us celebrating four years of being at NAISDA. It’s been such an amazing journey. Without further ado we have our Diplomas to receive their certificates. NAISDA has been a really big important
part of my life, coming up all the way from Broome Western Australia. Coming to meet all these beautiful people who want to like push us to become better
than what we are and to help us make our dreams come true. Now I got a scholarship in the Russell Page for Bangarra so just came back from regional tour and then
came back from the Commonwealth Games now we are creating a new work. It’s really important because it’s more like
closure that we’re finally finished and we all come back together and celebrate. So I got the Russell Page Scholarship
Graduate Program. So that’s at Bangarra and that’s for this year and hopefully
then I can get a contract after that. I learned a lot of things at NAISDA
especially culturally and it’s just a really great way to make a lot of
connections with a lot of different people. I performed in Hawaii. I performed at Commonwealth Games and I’ve also been teaching a few workshops here in there
so getting a lot of different work which has been really great. It’s played a huge
role in my journey. It was four years of my life and I’ve learned so much not
only through dancing but learning how to be an adult as well so basically I grew
up here and it was like I learned so much life skills as well as dance so
it’s taught me so much. I just finished at the Commonwealth Games with
the artistic director of Atamira Jack Gray and we’ve just been working on a
piece called Interwoven. It’s helped me with technique and it’s also helped me
with finding myself and who I am as a dancer. Workwise I’m working with Sonny Townsend and in two weeks I’ll be
heading to China for a tour. I think there’s several pathways we know
that the games world one is very small. We know that the Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander dance world is even smaller so we’ve got to give our
young developing artists, as we call them, many, many avenues in which for them to
succeed. Of the 16 dancers or 17 dancers in Bangarra there’s nine that come from NAISDA that’s a pretty good record and also you can’t go past them
Steven Page who’s the Artistic Director and visionary of Bangarra who is a NAISDA graduate as well. We’ve been delivering a solid program for the last 42 years with our young people going out into the world and doing great
things. These young people are getting an
experience and a cultural immersion other young kids aren’t getting . It’s continuing a narrative that has been in this land for longer than anywhere else
in the world and that diplomatic mission that these students are on is such an
important one for Australia.