Saltwater Freshwater Youth Dance & Culture Camp 2023

The Saltwater Freshwater team are celebrating a hugely successful youth dance and culture camp held at the Yarrahapinni Youth Adventist Centre (Yarra) in Grassy Head on the Mid North Coast.

Check out the film we made of the camp here.

Eighteen young people attended the camp travelling from across the Mid North Coast. Saltwater Freshwater engaged two NAISDA graduates – Neville Boney and Aroha Pehi to choreograph a special dance titled ‘Ancestors’ which was taught to the youth participants over a period of three days. We were also pretty stoked to engage two previous dance camp attendees, Charity Booker and Ben Russell to act as mentors at the camp, who both attended our dance camp in 2015.

As well as the dance workshops through the day we also had cultural practitioners running art, weaving, Yidaki, bushtucker & artefacts workshops, with an open fire and storytelling at night.

The last day of the camp was the big reveal with friends, family and the funder invited to watch the performance and join in a delicious bush tucker lunch. This dance will be performed again at our upcoming Festival on Saturday 3rd June 2023 at Westport Park in Port Macquarie on Biripi Country, and two FLASH MOB performances yet to be revealed!

We heard through the grapevine that some of these deadly young people are considering attending NAISDA as a career path.

This project was proudly funded by the Australian Government and the NSW Government through the Children and Young People Wellbeing Initiative project.

Images by And the trees photography

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