Since I was 18-years-old, I have performed at Australian festivals (Woodford, Dreaming, Island vibes, Earth Frequency, Splendour in the Grass) and international festivals as a dancer for Spankinhyde, an African drumming and dancing troupe, as well as KOOII, a Brisbane-based ‘world music’ group.
I hold a combined degree in Bachelor of Human Services and a Bachelor of Justice, majoring in criminology, which I completed in 2014. During my final semester, I spent three and a half months in southern India working with a local NGO called Timbaktu Collective on a women’s empowerment program in remote and very disadvantaged villages near Bangalore. For the past two years I have been employed by Brisbane Youth Service in two differing youth work roles. I have supported young people at risk of homelessness through brief intervention as well as in a case management capacity.
I continue to devise the many ways in which I can use the expression of dance as a way of inciting social change and justice. This has seen me facilitate a range of dance workshops with young people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds in local schools and in remote schools in the Northern Territory as well as with young refugees at Brisbane NGO Romero Centre. The objective of these dance workshops is to improve the physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of students, strengthen student engagement with school, break isolation and build skills in teamwork and communication. I have hosted flash mobs for events such as ‘Forget Me Not Children’s Home’ fundraiser in 2016, which raised awareness around child trafficking in Nepal. Since May 2017 fellow Kinetic member Erika and I have been running inclusive, outdoor community dance classes in Brisbane’s CBD.
As a member of Kinetic Collective, I am eagerly throwing myself into project development and management. I assisted facilitation of intensive workshops with East Timorese women and acted as stagehand for the Feto Hamutuk performance. I’m now looking forward to being involved in the upcoming See me, Hear me project at the beginning of 2018.