Shana O’Brien


is proud member of the Darkinjung Community just north of the Hawkesbury River NSW who recently graduated From NAISDA Dance college with her Diploma in Professional Careers in Dance. During her studies she was given the opportunity to work with Choreographers Frances Rings, Raymond Blanco, Vicki Van Hout, Ian R.T. Colles, Elma Kris, Sani Thomson and Taiaroa Royal.  Shana also participated in cultural residencies in Moa Island of the Torres Straits in 2014 and 2015, and in Nyinyikay North East Arnhem land in 2016. She had many performance opportunities including Soul Friendship Fair (South Korea), Homeground and NAIDOC week (2016), Yarbun, Sydney Festival and Girrakool Blues Festival (2017). In 2017 Shana Participated in a secondment with Bangarra Dance Theatre, she was also awarded the Joanne Harris Scholarship for Gifted and Talented students to partake in a summer Intensive program with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (Israel). After Graduating in 2018 she performed with Wagana Aboriginal Dancers at Honolulu festival (Hawaii), and Festival 2018 - Commonwealth Games, as well many other performances and school workshops. She also worked on shows with Jannawi Dance clan, Erth Physical & Visual Inc. and Our Corka Bubs. As well as developments with Patricia Wood, Elle Evangalista and Kassidy Waters. She Performed with Atamira Dance Company on a Remount of Frances Rings’ Work ShapeShift in (Auckland, New Zealand).

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Major Partners and Sponsors

  • Australian National University
  • The Street Theatre
  • Molonglo Group
  • Mundango Charitable Trust
  • Canberra Grammar School
  • Coordinate Agency