Homes sought for NAISDA HomeStay program

NAISDA Dance College is appealing to the Central Coast community to express their interest in welcoming its 2016 students into their homes by joining the NAISDA HomeStay program.

NAISDA is Australia’s premier Indigenous dance college. The college retains a tradition of elite level training and producing generations of professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers.

In 2016, NAISDA will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a year of special events and performances. The college is currently seeking expressions of interest from Central Coast families who are able to invite young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students into their homes for a 12 month period.

This includes a support payment plan that covers the student’s at-home costs. NAISDA general manager, Ms Debra Schleger, said the Homestay Program is a supported accommodation program and crucial in the development of students.

Without families opening up their homes, the majority of students would not have the opportunity to study at NAISDA. “In 2016 we hope to enrol a talented young man from North Queensland who is profoundly deaf.

“We are hoping that there is a family in the deaf community who would be able to help us provide an outstanding opportunity for this young man,” she said.

“We have the capacity to accommodate a number of students at our Mt Penang Parklands campus, however many younger students require the additional support that a family provides.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Central Coast families each year and we hope that once again in 2016 families will share their homes with an aspiring student chasing their dream of becoming a dancer. “Housing NAISDA students is an extremely rewarding experience.

“It also offers a chance to immerse yourself in our nation’s rich cultural heritage,” Ms Schleger said. NAISDA has a comprehensive accreditation process that ensures a positive experience for families and the students alike. Selected families will also be provided with continued assistance from NAISDA staff.

Media release,
Sep 28, 2015
Alyssa Moorley, Brilliant