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NAISDA Auditions Open

Posted by NAISDA | May 27, 2021

Applications to audition for the NAISDA , Australia’s premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts training college, for 2022, are now open.

Potential students are invited to complete and submit the Audition Application after which they may be invited to attend a four-day Audition at NAISDA Dance College on Darkinjung Land, NSW Central Coast. Learn more about NAISDA Courses HERE

ABSTUDY will fund your travel and living expenses.

The Audition gives you the opportunity to explore NAISDA’s campus, try classes and see what it feels like to be a part of the Developing Artists’ team.

2022 Intake – Audition Applications Close

Round 1: 13 September 2021

Round 2: 15 November 2021

2022 Intake – Invitation to Audition letters sent from 3 May 2021

2022 Intake – Audition dates

Round 1: 27 – 30 September 2021

Round 2: 29 November – 2 December 2021

2022 Intake – Notification of Short List

Round 1: 15 October 2021

2022 Intake – Offer of Enrolment from 10 December 2021

2022 Intake – Offer of Enrolment Closes 14 January 2022

2023 Intake – Audition Applications Open 6 December 2021


NAISDA Dance College offers professional expertise and word class training facilities to deliver accredited training programs that are rich in cultural learning and practice.  Located on Darkinjung land just north of Sydney, we provide a creative learning space designed to inspire and equip Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people for the future.   Our dance performance program is delivered by qualified trainers comprised of former principal dancers, respected choreographers, and cultural tutors from diverse Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities.

NAISDA students are known as Developing Artists while they undertake training and learn aspects of artistic life in the world of dance.  Many NAISDA graduates continue to play key roles both onstage and off at companies such as Bangarra Dance Theatre and Descendance.  The creative talents of developing artists are showcased each year at NAISDA Dance College’s performances and stage productions.  The productions express our commitment to honour the world’s oldest living culture and share knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dance, music, art and history with audiences from around the world.

It is also a unique opportunity for developing artists to build on their traditional knowledge by travelling to remote communities where they can dance ‘on country’ and learn firsthand from Elders and cultural tutors.

We believe NAISDA Dance College is more than just a training college.  It is a gathering place for people to come together and celebrate cultural values and identity.  It is a place to commemorate significant cultural events and ceremonies.  It is a place of connection where we can exchange ideals and learn from one another in the spirit of reconciliation, cultural affirmation & inclusion.  It is a place where we dare to dance and tell the stories that cannot be told unless we move.


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