Indigenous Traditional Dance

Emu Dance from Nunggarrgalu Women Dancers, Numburindi Festival, photo by Benjamin Warlngundu Bayliss

The Indigenous Traditional Dance Program (ITDP) was established to support and facilitate traditional dance practice. Over the past ten years this arts and cultural community development initiative has been delivered in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Borroloola and Numbulwar. Through DanceSite events, festivals, workshops and community projects, ITDP has assisted in the preservation of culture utilising inter-generational learning methods; strengthening relationships between elders and young people and encouraging cultural leadership.

The aims of ITDP are:

  • To assist in the coordination of an annual festival event that celebrates the diversity of traditional Indigenous dance in the Northern Territory, providing an exciting cross-cultural platform for audience and performance development.
  • To deliver remote community support that facilitates opportunities for arts and cultural performance and skills development within the region through a series of projects, rehearsals, workshops and events each year.
  • To provide further Territory, national and international performance opportunities where appropriate for the hosting community to establish business and professional development pathways.

Under ITDP we have delivered previous programs and DanceSite events in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

ITDP currently delivers robust and innovative programs in Borroloola and Numbulwar – including Malandarri Festival and Numburindi Festival:


Malandarri Festival, Borroloola, Friday 14 – Saturday 15 June

Numburindi Festival, Numbulwar, Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 September