NAISDA Dance College has released its April lumni Feature on past student, Ms Kassidy Waters,
The features are a way for NAISADA to celebrate past students and inspire current students.
2016 NAISDA Graduate, Ms Kassidy Waters, is a proud Aboriginal Wanaruah Woman from the Hunter Valley.
“After graduating from NAISDA, Kassidy continued her professional development by undertaking the PreProfessional Program at Sydney Dance Company, and has since been freelancing as an independent artist, an experience which has seen her travel around Australia and the World,” said NAISDA CEO, Mr Kim Walker.
In her feature, Ms Waters reflected on her time at NAISDA and the opportunities that study has led to.
“Because members of NAISDA’s teaching staff are involved in the dance industry, I found their experience and advice to be really helpful,” Ms Waters said.
“They helped us look for the possibilities and encouraged us to look out for opportunities and to go for them.
“They made us identify the types of companies, artists and organisations we wanted to work with and then gave us the advice and feedback we needed to work toward our goals.
“2017 has really been my first year in the independent professional world since finishing full-time training,” she said.
“At the beginning of the year, I did a choreographic residency with Catapult Dance with, Craig Bary and Dale Collier.
“I also performed at Rainbow Serpent Festival with Jannawi Dance Clan and had the opportunity to travel to Porirua, New Zealand, with, Jo Clancy and the Dhurangaan Dancers, to perform as part of Waitangi Day celebrations with Blacktown City Council.
“After receiving the Joanne Harris Scholarship Fund PreProfessional
Support, NAISDA Graduate Scholarship in 2017, I am in the process also to be commencing a course to become a certified Romana’s Pilates instructor, which is an internationally recognised certification.
“Most recently, I started working with, Jie Pittman, who delivers a program to schools throughout Western Sydney called the Liven Deadly
“The program aims to educate Indigenous students about language, dance and song, and it’s been an amazing initiative to be involved in,” she
“In the next couple of months, I have some exciting work with Erth Visual and Physical Inc. and with Karul Projects by,
Thomas E.S. Kelly. In October, I have a two week choreographic residency with DirtyFeet.
“I’ll be working in the studio with participants to create and play with my ideas over this time which I hope will lead to a creation of a work,” Ms Waters concluded.
Source: Website, Apr 22 NAISDA Alumni Profiles