LGI and NAISDA Dance College are delighted to announce that Wiradjuri artist Emily Flannery has been selected as LGI’s First Nations Graduate Intern for 2021.

This paid internship offers a tailored program of professional opportunities for a recent graduate from NAISDA Dance College. Over a five-week period, the internship may include participating in LGI rehearsals and studio programs, attending industry events, and connecting with local dance and Indigenous communities. Supported throughout by Amrita Hepi as First Nations mentor, this internship aims to offer an introduction to life as an independent dance artist in Melbourne.

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to learn from one of Australia’s most forward thinking, esteemed contemporary dance companies. To witness the creation of new works, the pathways of studio to stage, to connect with other artists and to push my own boundaries as an emerging First Nations artist.” Emily Flannery

This internship has been created through a new partnership between LGI and NAISDA Dance College. Find out more about this partnership here, which also includes an annual secondment program for NAISDA Advanced Diploma students. Updates on these programs will be shared throughout the year.

About Emily Flannery
Emily Flannery is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Forbes in the Central West of NSW.

Emily began her training at the McDonald College focusing on classical ballet. After graduating, Emily decided to further her studies and her connection to culture at NAISDA Dance College. While at NAISDA Emily was fortunate enough to spend time in both Yolngu and Moa Island communities. Emily was the recipient of the Young Regional Artist Scholarship (YRAS) which enabled her to spend five months at Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel during her final year of study.

Since graduating, Emily has performed with Opera Australia, Phunktional Arts, Catapult Choreographic Hub and Karul Projects. Emily has also collaborated with Cloe Fournier, Katina Olsen and Yolande Brown. Emily was the recipient of a Dirty Feet Choreographic Lab, which enabled her to begin her choreographic journey. This led to Emily’s current work in development Bulnuruwanha, which has been supported by DirtyFeet’s Out Of The Studio 2020. Emily is an Artist in Residence at PACT Theatre with the Lost All Sorts Collective for 2020. Emily is the recipient of the Joanne Harris Graduate Scholarship for 2020, which will enable her to study with Jasmin Vardimon Company in 2021.

As an emerging Indigenous dancer and choreographer Emily hopes to share her culture and her spirit through movement.

During its first year, this program has been generously supported by the Linnell/Hughes Trust. Lucy Guerin Inc is also supported by the City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. NAISDA Dance College is proudly supported by the Australian Government and the NSW Government.

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