Inspire: Dance Educators’ Professional Learning Program

5 — 7 June 2024

Join us for Inspire! These 90-minute artist-led workshops will provide valuable insights into the recent works, processes, and dance-making skills of local choreographers Ngioka Bunda-Heath and Joel Bray.

Inspire teaching artist Ngioka Bunda-Heath
Ngioka Bunda-Heath 2024. Photo by Nick Robertson

Designed for primary and secondary educators teaching dance, this program offers you a unique opportunity for peer-to-peer collaboration and to engage in discipline-based discussions with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dance.

Each individual workshop: Foundation – Level 6; Level 7 – 10; and VCE VET Dance, can be attended in-person or via an interactive online session tailored to suit regional and remote educators. Unique repertoire from the choreographers to be announced 4 weeks prior to the event.

You will also receive a recording of the workshop, curriculum-aligned worksheets, and lesson plans that provide practical strategies for integrating learnings into the classroom, plus the BIG HEART Education Resource.

Program Details

Cost: $45 (Full), $40 (Ausdance VIC / Dancehouse members)

Where: Dancehouse (150 Princes St, Carlton North VIC 3054) or via Live Stream (details provide upon booking)

Wed 5 June / with Ngioka Bunda-Heath
Foundation – Level 6
In-person: 11am-12:30pm
Online: 2pm-3:30pm

Thu 6 June / with Ngioka Bunda-Heath
Level 7 – 10
In-person: 11am-12:30pm
Online: 2pm-3:30pm

Fri 7 June 2024 / with Joel Bray
VCE VET Dance
In-person: 11am-12:30pm
Online: 2pm-3:30pm

Inspire teaching artist Joel Bray
‘Considerable Sexual License’ (2021) by Joel Bray. Photo by Bryony Jackson

About the Artists

Ngioka Bunda-Heath

Ngioka Bunda-Heath is Wakka Wakka, Ngugi from Queensland (matrilineal) and Biripi from New South Wales (patrilineal). She completed her Advanced Diploma in the Performing Arts (Dance) at the Aboriginal Centre of the Performing Arts and her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts.

After graduating VCA, she accepted a traineeship with Bangarra Dance Theatre with their Youth Education Program Rekindling. Ngioka is currently a Performer and Choreographer for Mariaa Randall’s Indigenous Female Dance Company DUBAIKUNGKAMIYALK (DKM). She has travelled overseas, dancing in Noumea, New Caledonia with Compine Maado, Banff in Canada as part of the International Indigenous Dance Residency and took part of the World Dance Alliance in France. Ngioka performed in Los Angeles for the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference and Festival and attended the First Nations Dialogues in New York.

Joel Bray

Naarm-based Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri dancer and performance-maker and Artistic Director of Joel Bray Dance. He performed with European companies and choreographers and with CHUNKY MOVE. Joel’s dance-theatre encounters in unorthodox spaces spring from his Wiradjuri heritage, and use humour to engage audiences in rituals about sex, history, trauma and healing. Joel makes his work in collaboration with Elders, Community and Country.

Joel’s works- Biladurang, Dharawungara, Daddy, Considerable Sexual License, Garabari and Giraru Galing Ganhagirri – have toured to major arts festivals in Australia and overseas. Joel has made works for Artshouse, CHUNKY MOVE, Sydney Dance Company, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.


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