Dance scholarship recipient has all the right moves
DANCE Integrated Australia and Arts Northern Rivers have confirmed dancer Amrita Hepi as the new recipient of the inaugural Indigenous Residency Scholarship for The Corner Dance Lab 2016.
Hepi, a descendant of the Ngapuhi tribe in northern New Zealand and the Bundjalung people in northern NSW, joins fellow scholarship recipient Tyrel Dulvarie, who is a descendant of the Yirriganydji and Mamu people of Cairns and Innisfail.
Hepi, who has family in Ballina, is an emerging independent choreographer and performance artist and has performed at the Museum of Contemporary Arts alongside Tony Albert and Richard Bell for Blak Christmas.
Next year Hepi will perform at the Next Wave Festival. Hepi attended Macquarie University where she undertook a Bachelor of Arts with a major in dance and attended the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association in 2014 before continuing her training in New York at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
Hepi replaces Taree Sansbury, who has taken up an opportunity overseas.
The Indigenous Residency Scholarship is a new initiative for The Corner Dance Lab, which celebrates and promotes diversity in Australian contemporary dance.
The two scholarships, valued at $1500 each, are funded by Arts Northern Rivers, and cover travel, accommodation and registration fees for two emerging indigenous artists in the first three years of their dance career to participate in the nine-day Dance Lab held on the NSW North Coast.
Dulvarie, who will star alongside Hugh Jackman in the upcoming production of Broadway to Oz, comes from a diverse cultural background with Malaysian, Aboriginal and German heritage.
Now in its third year, The Corner Dance Lab will return to Federal from January 15-23, 2016.