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USA Opportunity for One Dancer Creates Scholarship Spot for Another

Arts Northern Rivers

An opportunity for one of the original recipients of the Dance Integrated Australia and Arts Northern Rivers Indigenous Residency Scholarship for The Corner Dance Lab 2016, Taree Sansbury, has lead to the announcement of Amrita Hepi as the new recipient of the scholarship.

Taree has taken up an opportunity to travel to Colorado, USA to work with the International Association of Blacks in Dance.

A descendant of the Ngapuhi tribe in Northern New Zealand and the Bundjulung people in Northern New South Wales, Amrita joins scholarship recipient Tyrel Dulvarie, a descendant of the Yirriganydji and Mamu people of Cairns and Innisfail.

Amrita is an emerging independent choreographer and performance artist who has performed at the Museum of Contemporary Arts alongside Tony Albert and Richard Bell for Blak Christmas and perform at Next Wave Festival in 2016.

She attends Macquarie University where she is studying a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Dance. Amrita also attended NAISDA in 2014 before travelling abroad to train independently in New York at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Broadway Dance Centre.

Hepi said she wanted to focus on how to make work that is more broadly accessible and compelling.

‘Working with the other amazing artists and teachers that are involved in The Corner will help realise this,’ she said.

Dance Integrated Australia’s Philip Channells said they were thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to Amrita and wished Taree the best of luck with her project in America.

The Indigenous Residency Scholarship is a new initiative for The Corner Dance Lab, which celebrates and promotes diversity in Australian contemporary dance.

The two scholarships valued at $1500 each are funded by Arts Northern Rivers and cover travel, accommodation and registration fees for two emerging Indigenous artists in the first three years of their dance career to participate in the 9-day dance lab held on the NSW North Coast.

Tyrel Dulvarie, is currently starring along side Hugh Jackman in Broadway to Oz. He is an ACPA graduate training with the Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year. He comes from a diverse cultural background with Malaysian, Aboriginal and German heritage.

Now in its third year,The Corner Dance Lab will return to the historic Federal village 30 minutes inland from Byron Bay from 15 – 23 January 2016.

Co-facilitators Philip Channells and Gavin Webber (The Farm Company) bring together an exciting line up of dance practitioners, musicians and visual artists from the local area, interstate and abroad for a practice-led dance laboratory at Jasper Corner (Federal Hall).

The Corner Dance Lab is a nine-day skills development and performance making intensive for emerging and established dance artists from diverse backgrounds, different embodiment and life experience wanting to challenge themselves physically, intellectually and artistically. There will be a final performance outcome of the week’s work at Jasper Corner, Federal on Saturday evening 23 January 2016.

Expressions of Interest are open until 20 December 2015. Access the Expression of Interest form here.  For more information, email: Sean Campbell seanwcampbell68@gmail.com