Ban­garra aim­ing to in­spire

Rekin­dling com­ing to Charleville

Western Times - - SPORT - Joshua Macree Joshua.Macree @west­ern­starnews.com

DANCE: Ban­garra Dance Theatre’s pow­er­ful youth out­reach pro­gram, Rekin­dling, will travel to Charleville to in­spire pride, kin­ship and strength in young Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­ders through in­ten­sive dance.

The pro­gram will close reg­is­tra­tions by the end of to­day, with the work­shop to be­gin on Fe­bru­ary 22 and gath­er­ings through­out April and May.

Now in its sixth year, Rekin­dling aims to reach sec­ondary school-aged stu­dents.

Ban­garra’s Youth Pro­gram is a vi­brant, phys­i­cal learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, de­liv­ered by three Ban­garra alumni – Sid­ney Salt­ner, Chan­tal Kerr and Pa­trick Thai­day.

Youth pro­gram di­rec­tor Sid­ney Salt­ner said Rekin­dling’s vi­sion was to pro­mote cre­ativ­ity, pos­i­tive life choices and a sense of cus­to­di­an­ship in young Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­ders.

“We look for­ward to bring­ing the Rekin­dling pro­gram to new com­mu­ni­ties, where we will have the op­por­tu­nity to use this unique way of learn­ing to pass on our knowl­edge, strengthen con­nec­tions to cul­ture and cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties for the young par­tic­i­pants,” he said.

“The pro­gram is an im­por­tant one for Ban­garra, and aims to em­power the next gen­er­a­tion of cul­tural lead­ers to de­velop a sense of pride and place that will have a last­ing im­print.”

Par­tic­i­pants and el­ders are en­cour­aged to share lo­cal cul­tural sto­ries, song and dance through a se­ries of gath­er­ings, which cul­mi­nate in a com­mu­nity per­for­mance of the newly cre­ated dances by the youth.

Ban­garra re­turns to each com­mu­nity a year af­ter the per­for­mance to de­liver ad­di­tional work­shops and in­vite par­tic­i­pants to bring a friend.

This ele­ment of the pro­gram en­cour­ages the shar­ing of skills and is an im­por­tant tool in main­tain­ing re­la­tion­ships with those who com­pleted the pro­gram.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2013, the pro­gram has been de­liv­ered in 25 com­mu­ni­ties with more than 450 peo­ple com­plet­ing the pro­gram.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SENSE OF PRIDE: Ban­garra Dance Theatre will visit Charleville in Fe­bru­ary, April and May.

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