Troy Allen

RESUME WITH DESCENDANCE AND JOSE CALARCO

*2012

Hawaii Tour Honolulu Festival.

*2011

Descendance Tour of Qatar for the Asian Football Cup.

1998 – 2012

Descendance, Corporate, Tourism, Conventions.

Gwenda Stanley

Gwenda Stanley belongs to the mighty tribe of “Corben Gomeroi” in Moree from the black soil plains of North Western NSW; she also has ancestry in Queensland from the Wakka Wakka tribe through both her maternal and paternal family. Her Grandfather King Billy Wightman was King of the “Dareel” and “Galmarra” tribes and was the song man in the last Corroboree held at Kunopia in the 1930’s. Gwenda grew up in a tin humpy on the Gwydir River (NSW) until the council forced her to move to Stanley Village, like her fore Fathers and Mothers she is a proud Mission girl, Gwenda moved to Sydney at 17 years of age, she spent ten years living in western Sydney then returned home and currently resides on TOP CAMP with her kin and kinship clans. Gwenda is supported by her Elders and Moree Plains Shire Council, from the age of 14 she has been sharing , learning and continuing her unique and rich “Gomeroi” and “Wakka Wakka” Heritage and Culture throughout Australia, educating entertaining and welcoming many dignitaries and school students and tourists from around the world.

RESUME WITH DESCENDANCE AND JOSE CALARCO

1998 – 2012

Descendance, Corporate, Tourism, Conventions.

2011

Descendance Tour of Qatar for the Asian Football Cup.

2006 – 2009

Young Australia Workshops (School performances Australia wide).

2003

World Rugby Cup Sydney Olympic Park.

2001

Official Welcome Canadian Para Olympians.

2000

Official Welcome of Canadian Olympians.

1999 – 2003

School performance Australia wide & Nth Island NZ.

1994 – 2009

Mirii Aboriginal Dancers – Artist, Cultural Consultant.

1994 – 2009

Parramatta City Council.

1996 – 2007

Holroyd City Council.

1993

Miss Australia Contestant -1993 Year of Indigenous People.

1991- 1994

Gamilaroi Arts & Dance Troupe.

1991

Yurundial Aboriginal Corporation – Moree Model and dancer.

Les Daniel

Les Daniel is one of the true veteran performers in indigenous dance in Australia today; he has a Torres Strait background mixed with Aboriginal bloodline. Les has connections from many of the islands in the Torres Strait including Murray & Darnley Islands from his mother’s side, and Yam Island from his Father’s side, with bloodlines to Aboriginal owned islands like Frazer and Thursday Islands. Les graduated in 1993 with NAISDA and was an original member & founder of the Ngaru Aboriginal & Islander Dance Company (now Descendance) in 1993. Les is a versatile performer covering dance, song, and instrument in both Torres Strait Island and Aboriginal culture. Les has also worked in many contemporary cross cultural projects such as Flamenco Dreaming and To India with Love, Les was nominated at the 2006 Deadly Awards in the best dancer category.

RESUME WITH DESCENDANCE AND JOSE CALARCO

*2012

Aboriginal Business Awards Sydney Town Hall.

*2010-2012

Tribal Warrior Sydney Cruises cultural performances.

*1993-2012

Descendance/Ngaru in (Sydney/Australia): completing Corporate work, International Conventions, Schools, Community Work, Radio Work, Festivals, Jails, Cruise Liners, Workshops, Galleries, Theatre, Museums, Expos, TV, Political Events, Recording, Humanitarian projects for UNESCO and assignments for The Australian Government.

*2006

Nominated for a Deadly Award Sept 2006 Opera House.

*2006

Germany and France Tour (June) Two major World Events first The Soccer World cup, followed by The International Indigenous Forum in Pau (South of France).

*2006

Tours New Zealand , for Australia Week, (Mar) performances in Wellington and Auckland co coordinated by Tourism Australia.

*2004-2005

Artist in residence at Disney World Florida for 6 weeks with Descendance at the International Food and Wine fair at The Epcot Centre Descendance wins best show for the annual event 2004-2005.

*2005

Descendance in New Zealand, this tour was sponsored by Air New Zealand, Descendance performed at The Oz Talk conference at Auckland Showground and performed for the traditional land owners of Auckland, the Ngati Whatua Ki Orakei.

*2005

Descendance in Russia (May) Aus-trade completed over 20 major events including opening the great Moscow Circus, performing at the Bolshoi Theatre.

*2005

Descendance at The Dreaming Festival Woodford (July) the Inaugural three day festival of the countries leading indigenous acts. Descendance Torres Strait providing one of the Festivals highlights.

*2004

Descendance wins the First Cultural style Olympics in Seoul Korea (Sep) at The World Culture Open sponsored by UNESCO.

*2004

Tours London with Descendance for the International Travel Expo representing Aboriginal Tourism Australia.

*2003

Hungary Tour Descendance, his performed at 35 major festivals, and made 8 major TV appearances and was the team leader for the tour.

*2002-2003

Sydney Dreaming” The Rhoda Roberts epic indigenous showcase.

*2003

With Descendance at The Rugby Union World Cup opening ceremony, Olympic Stadium with an estimated TV audience of one billion persons.

*2001

Tour of Italy with Red Centre dreaming show, promoting Descendance Alice Springs residency.

*1999

Artist in residency at The NSW Art Gallery.

*1997

Was part of Naroo Dance Companies tour of Taiwan, China and Japan,with Aboriginal legends Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter, over 30 performances.

* 1997

“To India with Love” Reuben is part of the indigenous tribute to India at Sydney’s Town Hall, the concert was held for the 50th anniversary of India’s liberation from British sovereignty, the show also explored fusion work in dance and music with other traditional cultures, the show was presented Jose Calarco , Air India, and the Government of India.

*1996

Japan tour with Ngaru Dance Company.

Ses Bero

RESUME WITH DESCENDANCE AND JOSE CALARCO

*2011-2012

Corporate Events Descendance Sydney.

*2011

Aboriginal Deadly Awards Opera House Sydney Performance with Descendance.

*2011

Artist in residence Descendance Australian Museum Sydney.

Masepah Banu

Masepah is one of Australia’s most experienced traditional Torres Strait Islander and
Aboriginal Dancers; he graduated from NAISDA, the National Aboriginal Dance
Academy in 1996, Masepah is a Malu Kiai – Boigu Islander, From the Koedal-Augudhalaige clan, the Crocodile is his totem. He is one of the original Members of the Ngaru Dance Company Sydney’s first professional independent indigenous dance troupe formed in 1993, he has danced for over 20 years nationally and internationally.

RESUME WITH DESCENDANCE AND JOSE CALARCO

*2012

Descendance Vietnam Tour, Hue, Danang, Ho Chi Minh.

*2012

Descendance Aboriginal Business Awards Sydney Town Hall.

*2012

Descendance Hawaii Tour Honolulu Festival.

*2011

Descendance Tour of Moscow promote Australia Week Performances and Media.

*2011

Descendance Tour of Hawaii Honolulu Festival.

*2011

Descendance Tour of Qatar for the Asian Soccer Cup.

*2010

Descendance: Tour of Serbia and Italy, performing at two of Europe’s prestige festivals: The Guca Festival (Serbia) and Natibongo Festival (North-West Italy).

*2010

Zenadh Kes Mari Dance Group: Coordinator and performer for the group, Performed at schools and for Government agencies.

*2006-2010

Beizam Koedal TSI Dance Troupe: performed in Canberra at schools, performances for the Governor General, Government agencies, and at the Melbourne Yarra Festival.

*2006-2010

Taigai Zugubau TSI Dance Troupe: performed at the Sunshine Coast Dreaming Festival and Woodford Festival.

*1996-2005

Gerib Sik TSI Dance Troupe: performed in Canberra for schools and Government agencies.

*1996

Ngaru: performed in “Gammon Ol Yarns” at Bondi Pavilion a traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre show.

*1996*

Ngaru: Tour of Japan.

*1994-1996

Ngaru: performances in Sydney, Corporate work, Conventions, Schools, Community Work, Radio Work, Festivals, Jails, Cruise Liners, Workshops, Galleries, Theatre, Museums, Expos, Recording and assignments for The Australian Government.

*1983 – 1994

Boigu Dance Team: performed at family gatherings, weddings, Tombstone opening, schools and for Government agencies

Glenda Aragu

Glenda was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait in far North Queensland; she is a descendant of the Dhoeybaw and Sui Baidham clan from Saibai Island. Glenda graduated from NAISDA Dance College in 1991 completing her three year diploma in dance, during this time she performed and toured nationally in the NAISA productions “Kayan Walu”, “Djumba Woman” and “Reflections”. Glenda has since worked in Australia’s leading indigenous dance troupes including Bangarra, Descendance, AIDT and Naroo, and has toured in numerous productions nationally and internationally.

RESUME WITH DESCENDANCE AND JOSE CALARCO

*2011

Aboriginal Deadly Awards Opera House performance.

*2010

Forming her own group as lead dancer and choreographer for “Urban Zennadth Kes Torres Strait Islander Dance Group”.

*1993-2012

Descendance/Ngaru in (Sydney/Australia): completing Corporate work, International Conventions, Schools, Community Work, Radio Work, Festivals, Jails, Cruise Liners, Workshops, Galleries, Theatres, Museums, Expos, TV, Political Events, Recording, Humanitarian projects for UNESCO and assignments for The Australian Government.

*1998-2004

Freelance works throughout Melbourne, Perth and Cairns, performed with Jeffery Waia and Malu Sibui Dance Group from Boigu and Dauan Islands in the Torres Strait.

*1997

Glenda graduated from UWS Nepean with a BA in Performing Arts.

*1995-1997

Performed for “Urban Tribal Bricoladge” and the AIDT Cultural Ensemble performing in the production of ‘Drums of Mer”.

*1992-1994

Bangarra Dance Theatre “Praying Mantis Dreaming”, “Ninni”, “Ochres” toured nationally to WA, the Northern Territory, Cairns, NSW and internationally in Los Angeles, New York and London.

*1993

Glenda along with Sean Choolburra formed Sydney’s first independent international indigenous dance group Ngaru Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Company.

Andrea Adidi

RESUME WITH DESCENDANCE AND JOSE CALARCO

*2010-2012

Corporate performances Descendance.

*2011

Aboriginal Deadly Awards Sydney Opera House Performance Descendance.

Yasserie Smith

Yasserie Smith

Xing-Yee Beatty

Xing-Yee along with her sister Majeda are the youngest members of Descendance, although still only children are accomplished performers with vast experience. The sisters have an interesting mixture of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and black American heritage, their mother Taryn Laleen is affiliated with the Aboriginal tribes, (Yidinji, Cairns), (Wuthathi, Shelbourne Bay) and the (Ku Ku Yalangi, Mossman), while their Torres Strait roots come from Moa, Darnley, and Yam Islands all in Queensland, their father Samuel Beatty has a black American background and is also involved in music and dance. The sisters lived and worked in the USA for two years with their parent’s performing in cultural workshops, schools, colleges, festivals, Pow Wows, across the USA from east coast to west coast, in 2006 they toured New York City with Descendance, today they perform in schools with their family, and have already begun doing corporate shows and other international events with Descendance.

RESUME WITH DESCENDANCE AND JOSE CALARCO

*2008-2012

Corporate Events, Conventions, Cruise liners, Descendance.

*2008-2009

Australia school performances. NGM management

*2008

The Aboriginal Deadly Awards Sydney Opera House 2008

*2008

Gay & lesbian Mardi Gras

*2006

Pow Wows: Mohegan Wigwam Festival (Connecticut) Shinnecock Tribe (New York) Thunderbird, Inter-tribal (Florida).

*2006

Festivals: Australian Festival in Nashville, African Marketplace Festival in Los Angeles, Aussie Fest in Kentucky, bowling green International Festival in Kentucky, Pilipino Festival in Los Angeles, Austra-USA Cultural Day in Los Angeles Naidoc performance for the Australian Consulate in Los Angeles

*2005

People’s Poetry Gathering – “The Stones of Civilization” – UN Headquarters in New York City

*2006

Tours New York performing with Descendance.

Wayne Langlo

RESUME WITH DESCENDANCE AND JOSE CALARCO

2011

Aboriginal Deadly Awards Opera House Sydney performance.

*2008

The Aboriginal Deadly Awards Sydney Opera House 2008

*2001-2009

Corporate work, International Conventions, Schools, Community Work, Radio Work, Festivals, Jails, TV appearances, Cruise Liners, Universities, Workshops, Galleries, Museums, Expos, Theatre, Political Events and assignments for The Australian Government with Descendance.

*2006

Performance for Governor General of Australia Canberra House.

*2004-2005

Sydney Indigenous Arts Festival Riverside Theatre Parramatta.

*2002-2004

Residency in Alice Springs for Descendance performing nightly shows.