Currumbin Dance Group Heads to Hawaii

12 Oct 2012 4:44 PMJann Stuckey

12th October 2012

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has lent her support to the Jaran Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Company to enable them to perform in Hawaii.

“This talented troupe have been invited to join the Arthur Beetson Foundation Murri Queensland Tour of Hawaii from 23rd – 30th October to perform at the opening ceremony and throughout the tour.

“The Jaran Dance Troupe are well known on the Gold Coast, in more recent times for their outstanding performances in the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s Yanguwah show,” Ms Stuckey said.

“I am very pleased to be able to help them participate in such a significant event that will promote their dance group and the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

“Jaran are unique in that their performances combine Aboriginal as well as Torres Strait Islander dance and in doing so provide a truly enriching cultural experience.

“The group are recognised for their professional, educational and entertaining performances and I am confident they will impress the crowds in Hawaii.

Graham Blanco has been performing traditional dance for over 25 years and is the Artistic Director of the group.

“We are humbled by this invitation. We are excited to showcase both Indigenous cultures throughout Hawaii and honoured to open the game,” Mr Blanco said.

“We believe this is an invaluable opportunity for Jaran to not only promote Indigenous tourism on the Gold Coast but to also give our young dancers the opportunity to showcase their skill set, professionalism, dedication and passion in preserving our Indigenous culture.

“The Newman Government recognises the importance of cultural tourism and the importance of supporting local groups such as Jaran,” Ms Stuckey said.

“To be able to showcase our local talent on an international stage is a rare opportunity and one we need to embrace due to its enormous marketing potential.

“I wish the group all the best in their tour of Hawaii and look forward to hearing about their experiences when they return.

“I encourage everyone to see the group’s high energy and engaging performance at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy the Yanguwah show.