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Gillwinga Public School’s Contemporary Aboriginal Dance Group (pictured preparing for the eisteddfod) has expanded its membership to 30 after receiving a $500 grant from McDonald’s. Image: Contributed
Gillwinga Public School’s Contemporary Aboriginal Dance Group (pictured preparing for the eisteddfod) has expanded its membership to 30 after receiving a $500 grant from McDonald’s. Image: Contributed

 

Gillwinga Public School’s Contemporary Aboriginal Dance Group is set to expand its work, following a successful application to the McDonald’s Junior Grant Program.
Teacher Brionee Watters, who is non-indigenous and co-teaches the student group with Aboriginal man Steve Duroux, said the group received $500.
“Our group consists of Indigenous and non-indigenous students, so we are able to bring two cultures together and share our knowledge and stories through dance,” Ms Watters said.
“Students are able to have input into creating the dance, choice of music and costume design.
“Since beginning the group, the students’ confidence has grown and they enjoy being a part of a team.”
The group is comprised of students from year one through to year six.
“Our group originally started with 18 students and we made our own costumes,” Ms Watters said.
“Now … we have grown our dance group to 30 students and [we] are in the process of accessing more costumes and props.
“We are also going to use the grant to take students into the community more [often] … and we look forward to sharing our group, stories and culture.”

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