Kim Walker - Executive Director - NAISDA
(National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Assoc)
In the early 1970s an upsurge of Indigenous cultural pride led to the birth of a unique new dance form: Contemporary Australian Indigenous dance.
This new dance form sprang from the collaborations of Indigenous Aboriginal dance creators, Western trained choreographers and traditional cultural owners, who came together in performance and workshops. And this led to workshops for young people keen to learn and perform this new dance fusion.
This was the genesis of NAISDA Dance College.
In 1976 a small group of students from both town and country began the first formal year-long Careers in Dance training course.
The performance arm of this program became known as the Aboriginal/ Islander Dance Theatre (AIDT) - a vibrant touring company employing students and graduates of the new Careers in Dance training program.
Very soon the theatre group was receiving invitations to perform at festivals across over the world.
And the training side evolved into the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Association – now known as NAISDA Dance College.