ACPA staff and students shine on ABC’s 7:30 Report

December 12, 2016 – ABC TV’s 7:30 Report will present a feature highlighting the amazing success stories of ACPA’s recently graduated David Biondi Odo and Keia McGrady.



Troy Cassar-Daley performs with ACPA Graduates at Annual Graduation Ceremony

ACPA Congratulates is 2016 Graduating Class, who graduated from ACPA on December 8, 2016. The ceremony was held at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, which will be ACPAs new home from January 2017.

Over 40 ACPA Graduates received qualifications ranging from Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, along with Statements of Attainment.

As a special treat for both the graduates and their guests, the audience was graced with a moving speech and guest performance from Australia’s Country Music legend, Troy Cassar-Daley.

December 8, 2016



Be enraptured by a powerful blend of dance, music and acting performance as ACPA takes you on a thrilling journey in their Tenth Annual QPAC Gala.

Enjoy new and original works that highlight our exceptional, young, homegrown, indigenous talent and and also revel in recognised mainstream classics.

Each of our exciting dancers, actors, and musicians will draw upon their performance experiences and display vivid mastery of their chosen art form.

This promises to be a dynamic experience, a fascinating insight, and an event not to be missed.


November 18-19, 2016 – QPAC Concert Hall

Visit www.qpac.com.au to book your seats!


Another ACPA dance student to study at prestigious International dance company

Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) dance student Keia McGrady recently flew to Sydney to audition for the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) and was jubilant when notified that she had been successful.

Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) hosts a unique 5-month international study abroad dance program known as Dance Journey! The program’s faculty is composed of some of the best choreographers and dance teachers in Israel and worldwide.

Keia is our second student to gain an overseas scholarship this year! She joins David Bioni-Odo who recently won a scholarship to study dance at Banff Centre’s Indigenous Dance Residency Program in Canada.

Keia, who graduates from ACPA in December with an Advanced Diploma in Dance will leave Australia in February 2017 to take up this scholarship.

Not only will students study dance but they will also be given the opportunity to learn more about the Israeli culture. The Dance Journey program also offers Hebrew classes, tours around Israel, volunteering activities among local communities and more.

October 6, 2016

ACPA Alumni in the press: Actor Jeremy Ambrum

Actor Jeremy Ambrum picked up a new skill while filming Channel 7’s The Secret Daughter

Daily Telegraph – October 4, 2016

ACPA student wins international dance scholarship

The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) is celebrating the success of one of its students who has been accepted into the Banff Centre’s Indigenous Dance residency program in Canada.

David Bioni-Odo has been chosen as one of only 12 Indigenous dancers from around the world, to participate in the month-long residency program, which focuses on refining and enriching the artistic process of the participants. David auditioned for a scholarship for the program via video, with a self-choreographed dance piece.

David, who is currently completing his Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts at ACPA, said, “I’m overwhelmed but really excited about the residency. This will be my first time going overseas. The teachers at ACPA always encourage us to try out for things like this, and this time it paid off”.

David will be spending a month in Canada working alongside other talented dancers and acclaimed choreographers from around the globe. The four-week intensive program focuses on technique, improvisation, and cultural process and knowledge in performance. The program will culminate with the development of a short, choreographic work to be performed in-house, and on stage in Banff.

The Banff Centre is Canada’s arts and cultural organisation, providing multidisciplinary programming, and advancing the practice of artists and leaders.

September 3, 2016

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