Local youngsters inspired by Bangarra dancers

Bangarra Dance Theatre members (l-r) Tim Bishop, Tara Gower, Leonard Mickelo, Rheannon Port and Yolanda Brown (all rear) with some of the many young Aboriginal people who attended their dance workshops last week.

As well as performing a sold-out show at Lismore City Hall on Saturday night, members of Bangarra Dance Theatre also made time to inspire a group of young Aboriginal people to greatness.

Bangarra dancers held a series of workshops at Lismore City Hall last week, showing off their skills to around 40 Aboriginal kids and encouraging them to strive for their dreams.

First year Bangarra dancer Tara Gower, who grew up in the small town of Broome, said it was a privilege to now be mentoring other country kids just like herself.

Its great to show them theres a light at the end of the tunnel that if you work hard enough you can have a career in the performing arts, no matter where you come from, Tara said. Its been a surreal journey and it really hit me, standing on stage with the Australian Ballet at the Opera House taking a bow, just how far Id come. The size of the town you come from doesnt matter if youre focussed and you really want it, you can make it happen.


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