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Right Dance for 'Dance Rites' earns Djaadjawan Dancers Third Place

Narooma based Djaadjawan Dancers has notched up another success coming third in the inaugural Homeground Festival Dance Rites competition. The placing has earned the troupe the opportunity to perform mid 2016 at the Sydney Opera House.

Dance Rites was the brainchild of Homeground Festival artistic director Rhoda Roberts, and the continued cultural dance practices of Australia’s first peoples.

Each group presented a welcome and farewell dance with one including a chant in local language, and the third dance, a ‘wild card’ anything of the group’s choosing.

Founder, Sharon Mason said the placing had capped off a fantastic year for the group.

‘It’s been a year of moving forward for us, and also linking more with the women of La Perouse who joined us for the competition. As the only all female dance troupe to compete we were very proud.

‘We were touched after watching and connecting with the other Indigenous dance troupes and hope the event will grow bigger over the years,’ Sharon said.

Sharon said this weekend Djaadjawan Dancers will perform at the opening of the Rootstock Sydney Festival, Carriageworks and over the summer will perform at various venues, including caravan parks around the South East part of the state.

‘Each performance gives us the opportunity to reconnect with communities, and to share our culture with non- Indigenous people,’ she said.

In 2014 Sharon was a participant in the Indigenous Dance development program Birrang succeeded in gaining $20,000 from the Arts NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Fund for the development of new works and website for the troupe.