The Gomeroi Dance Company is leading traditional Aboriginal dance workshops at the Tamworth Youth Centre through out NAIDOC Week, with a strong focus on traditional story telling.
Connection to land and culture is being taught through traditional Aboriginal dance this week, in the lead up to the NAIDOC celebrations on Friday at Bicentennial Park.
Gomeroi Dance Company co-founder Brad Flanders said the dance will reflect this year’s theme ‘Because of Her, We Can’.
“What we focus on is being able to show our love for our women and for our Mother Earth through dance,” Mr Flanders said.
“We’re teaching the kids more of the story, that there’s more of purpose to the dancing than just movement. There is a whole story behind what they’re doing.”
Connection with land will be the focus of the performance on Friday, which marks 10 years of performing a traditional corroboree at the family fun day at the conclusion of NAIDOC Week.
“All I want from these workshops is two things, to have fun and to learn something new,” Mr Flanders said.
The workshops are part of the Yarranduul School Holiday Program, and are a joint initiative between the Gomeroi Dance Comany and Yinarr Maramali, with support from Joblink Plus.