Ana’s favorite CD and used at her Teacher Trainings!
The Descendance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre was born from the mighty Ngaru Aboriginal Dance Company, Sydney’s first professional independent traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance troupe, established in 1993. Ngaru means “shake a leg,” a dance style prevalent in the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland.
Ngaru had been one of the longest running professional performing Aboriginal dance troupes in Australia. In 2000 the name was changed to “Descendance” to account for the many artists from diverse tribes joining the company, the motto being “One people all fighting a common cause”, much of the cultural content in the show coming from two great tribes in Queensland, the Kandju tribe Cape York and the Yidindji in Cairns.
Descendance has become one of Australia’s leading international cultural exports to the world, having toured over 40 countries; Descendance covers all three styles of Australian indigenous performance, Traditional, Torres Strait Islander and Contemporary.