Students re-envision dance through a First Nations lens

NIDA and NAISDA create a safe cultural space for First Nations and non-Indigenous students to experiment and collaborate through dance.
NIDA NAISDA First Nations dance students

This year the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) partnered with the NAISDA Dance College to present a week-long student intensive led by Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri dancer, choreographer and performer Katina Olsen.

Held at NAISDA campus on Darkinjung Land, ‘Crossing the Line’ brought together aspiring designers, directors, dancers and choreographers to explore cross-cultural storytelling, creative collaborations and multidisciplinary approaches to performance.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_