Jetty High School dance members Darcy Turner, Finn Appleton, Elayla Spencer, Faith Hyland-Taylor and Simon Smith..14 july 2016.
Jetty High School dance members Darcy Turner, Finn Appleton, Elayla Spencer, Faith Hyland-Taylor and Simon Smith..14 july 2016. Trevor Veale

Dance troupe has all the right moves

PERFORMING indigenous cultural dance is more than taking to the stage for these high school students and teachers.

The determined group has formed Miimiga - a cross-cultural musical theatre project and celebration of Gumbaynggirr country.

Music teacher Simon Smith said his involvement in the musical has deepened his awareness of local indigenous culture.

"As a non-indigenous person myself and for the kids, I think we just learn about the country that we're on," he said.

"I mean we do the acknowledgement of country at all of these significant events but it gives me a sense of what that actually means, of where we are and the meanings of the places that we see everyday."

The performance weaves three storylines which connect to Gumbaynggirr country.

These include stories of the sacred women's birthing and healing pools and surfing.

A $2500 arts grant from Coffs Harbour City Council will see the musical grow

"It enables us to bring choreographers from Bangarra Dance Theatre so we get indigenous dancers to come in and work with our students, indigenous and non-indigenous, so we can learn cultural dance and provide the opportunities for the kids to learn from real dancers."



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