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WAKAKIRRI NATIONAL AMBASSADORS

Wakakirri enjoys the support of some of Australia’s leading industry professionals who give their time as part of our National Panel to encourage the next performing arts generation.  Wakakirri Ambassadors partner with Wakakirri in various ways including participating in Performing Arts Careers Day, mentoring workshops and activities on Show Days, appearing in Waka TV, marketing and advocacy.

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Emma Watkins
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Kat Hoyos
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Andrew McFarlane
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Wayne Scott Kermond
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Todd McKenney
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Michala Banas
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Justine Clarke
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Jason Coleman

OUTCOMES

EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING
  • Students experience the feeling of achievement and intense satisfaction that comes from creating something significant

  • Encourages personal growth including resilience and acceptance of responsibility

  • Engagement in rehearsals and performance fosters a strong sense of camaraderie and friendship

  • Performing onstage in front of an audience creates lifelong memories and improves students’ self-esteem

​ARTS EDUCATION AND CURRICULUM
  • Schools that lack resources to deliver arts curriculum are provided with an equitable and accessible option that builds their internal capacity

  • Develops creative and innovative thinking

  • Students develop a deeper understanding of their story theme through the process of creating and sharing their Story-Dance

  • Provides a positive life experience that fosters a lifelong love of art

​COMMUNITY IMPACT
  • Engages students to explore and develop a deeper understanding of social issues relevant to them

  • Provides a platform for students to express their views and share them with a large audience

  • Teaches agency when advocating for a meaningful topic

  • Promotes respect, empathy and awareness of cultural diversity, human rights & sustainability

  • Establishes identity and a sense of engagement with society

​STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
  • Encourages enthusiasm for learning through creativity

  • Increases school pride, strengthens student relationships, builds community within the school

  • Opportunities for students to accept responsibility and demonstrate leadership

  • Fosters student inclusion, there are roles for a broad range of physical and creative skills

  • Provides an opportunity to explore career pathways and develop career aspirations

PHYSICAL WELL-BEING
  • Introduces new forms of physical expression including various dance or dramatic movement forms

  • Provides a fun alternative to traditional PE or sport and similarly fosters physical fitness

  • Provides student recognition at an inter-school level similar to district sports carnivals

  • Students learn the value of physical inclusiveness and that people of all abilities can contribute to the team effort

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT
  • Provides a hands-on experimential learning approach that actively engages students in sustainable practices

  • Enables students to respect and embrace difference, and to establish identity and a sense of engagement with society

  • Promotes cross cultural appreciation, valuation of their own and other communities ideas

THE WAKAKIRRI STORY-DANCE ASSOCIATION INC.

The WSDAI Committee is governed by individuals from business, the arts and education sectors. As an incorporated association, the WSDAI produces an annual report and is publicly accountable.

WHAT IS THE WSDAI?

The WSDAI is a not-for-profit organisation (since 2004) that uses storytelling, the oldest form of learning, as its focus for providing innovative educational programs to schools in a manner that resonates with contemporary youth culture.

WHAT DOES WAKAKIRRI MEAN?

The Aboriginal word Wakakirri means ‘to dance’ according to the Wangaaypuwan people from Cobar NSW. It was chosen to give the event a distinctly Australian feel.

OUR AIM

The WSDAI presents the Wakakirri Challenge to provide an education program for schools that develops student engagement and wellbeing through the sharing of stories and participation in the performing arts.

MEET THE WSDAI COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Wakakirri Story-Dance Association Incorporated Committee (WSDAI) is made up of independent board members from business, the Arts and education sectors. As an incorporated association, Wakakirri produces an annual report and is publicly accountable.  Annual Reports:  2023  |  2022  |  2021  |  2020  |  2019  | 2018  |  2017

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Adam Loxley

Festival Director

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Darren Tasker

Committee President

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Kristen Douglas

Festival Patron

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Matthew Samuel

Committee Vice President

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Professor Tom Calma AO

Festival Patron

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Valerie Harrold

Committee Member

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Gerry Gilchrist

Committee Treasurer

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Francesca Veitch

Secretary

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