NAISDA’s new studios

The opening of the new NAISDA studios in Gosford, NSW last week was an occasion to be celebrated by the whole dance community after more than 35 years in temporary accommodation. The studios were opened by the Federal Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Simon Crean MP, at a ceremony that also honoured the founder of NAISDA, Carole Johnson.

Set in the Mt Penang Parklands on the Central Coast of NSW, the new studios and administration offices have been designed and purpose built for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers who have benefited from NAISDA’s dance training since 1975.

The poetic tribute to Carole by Vicki van Hout and dancer Beau Dean Smith was a highlight of the ceremony. Other wonderful performances accompanied the speeches, including the Koiki Rhythm Dance choreographed by Gail Mabo, Albert David and Rita Pryce, and Mugura and Wiritjirribin performed by Matthew Doyle, Peta Strachan and NAISDA developing artists. Executive Director / Head of Dance, Kim Walker was delighted with the event.