NAISDA Dance College graduate, Emily Flannery, has been selected as Lucy Guerin Inc (LGI) First Nations Intern for 2021.
The paid internship, created by the critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, LGI, and NAISDA Dance College, offers a tailored program of professional opportunities to students over a five week period.
The internship includes participating in LGI rehearsals and studio programs, attending industry events, and connecting with local dance and Indigenous communities.
Flannery is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Forbes and said she was excited about the opportunity to learn from one of Australia’s most forward thinking, esteemed contemporary dance companies.
“(I’m excited) to witness the creation of new works, the pathways of studio to stage, to connect with other artists and to push my own boundaries as an emerging First Nations artist,” she said.
Supported throughout a First Nations mentor, the internship aims to offer an introduction to life as an independent dance artist in Melbourne.
Flannery began her training at the McDonald College focusing on classical ballet.
After graduating, she decided to further her studies and her connection to culture at NAISDA Dance College.
While at NAISDA she was fortunate enough to spend time in both Yolngu and Moa Island communities and receive the Young Regional Artist Scholarship (YRAS) which enabled her to spend five months at Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel during her final year of study.
Since graduating, she has performed with Opera Australia, Phunktional Arts, Catapult Choreographic Hub and Karul Projects.
As an emerging Indigenous dancer and choreographer, she hopes to share her culture and her spirit through movement.
Media eelease, Dec 17
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