Tracie Edmondson, NRL.com
Local and internationally recognised Indigenous dance groups will provide some of the spectacular entartainment both at the Harvey Norman Rugbuy League All Stars match and the free public Bumehla Festival next week.
The dance groups will join award-winning Indigenous singer/ songwriter Dan Sultan who will be the headline act at the two-day free public Bumehla Festival (Feb 11-12) at Broadwater Parklands, Southport, on the eve of the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars event.
Some of the dance groups will also join Sultan as part of the match entertainment next Saturday (Feb 12) when the Indigneous All Stars and NRL All Stars do battle at Skilled Park, Robina, on the Gold Coast. Nunukul Yuggera Dancers
have been performing domestically and internationally for over 10 years, performing traditional song, dance and other forms of cultural expression.
They will perform a traditional "war cry" with Indigenous All Stars Team before the match kicks off. They will then perform a traditional number at quarter time.
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Another dance group to feature will be Bangarra Dance Theatre
, which has created some of the most recognisable and celebrated contemporary Indigenous dance in Australia over the past 21 years.
They have taken their theatre performances across Australia and around the world.
Led by artistic director Stephen Page, Bangarra weaves traditional stories and contemporary life into a truly Australian theatrical experience.
Some of these stories have lived and breathed for over 40,000 years, and are continued for future generations of all Australians.
For more information on the group, click here.
A young local dance group made up of at-risk Beaudesert Indigenous teenagers will also join the international performers at the Bumehla Festival.
The Mununjali Yagambeh dancers have been brought together for a dance class each week by Jason Sandy, who has been dancing for over 20 years and recently moved back to his roots in Beaudesert.
Being his father’s hometown region he has a number of relatives in the town who were keen for him to teach dance.
As a result he started up the dance group in an attempt to mentor and bring some at-risk teens on track.
The free dance lesson is run for two hours each week and is open to anyone who would like to attend from the local area.
Jason said that there are 10 core dancers but each week the group could contain more than 15 participants.
Jason believes that the dance group has given some of the boys a new lease in life and the ability to channel their talents in a way never before provided to them.
The Mununjali Yagambeh group are particularly thrilled with the opportunity to perform at the Bumelha Festival on Friday and Saturday.
They will perform a local dreamtime legend from the South-East Queensland language groups – Mununjali and Yugambeh regions.