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Saturday, 16th May, 2015

Broken Hill High School students (front from left) Kyra Tumes, Britney Philp, (back) Amber Evans showing some of the moves they learnt from NAISDA teacher Jo Clancy. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Broken Hill High School students (front from left) Kyra Tumes, Britney Philp, (back) Amber Evans showing some of the moves they learnt from NAISDA teacher Jo Clancy. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

An indigenous dance workshop was held at Broken Hill High School yesterday.

Teachers from the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) visited the school yesterday to hold two workshops.

NAISDA is a dance college on the Central Coast for indigenous people.

Teacher Jo Clancy said they were in the region to present a talent identification program.

“We are selecting two young people (from the school) to come to Sydney in August as part of the Garabara Ngurra which means “Dance Camp” in Darug,” Ms Clancy said.

“Thirty young people across NSW are involved.

“The program is developed through a partnership with NAISDA and Arts NSW.”

Ms Clancy said it was the fourth year, Broken Hill High School has been involved.

“The students come out to us for a week and stay on campus,” she said.

“They take part in traditional Aboriginal dance, Torres Strait Islander dance, and contemporary and urban dance.

“They also get to have a look around Sydney.”

She said the students at yesterday’s workshops were great.

“It’s been really good,” she said.

“We’ve also had non-indigenous students take part in a workshop just for fun.”

Vicki Adams, Aboriginal Education Officer at Broken Hill High School, said it was a great opportunity for students.

“We thank Jo for coming out and working with the students.”

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