Frances Rings


  • South Australia, Germany

Frances Rings joined Bangarra in 1993, and in 2002, made her choreographic debut with the company with the critically-acclaimed Rations. Frances has gone on to create many more award-winning works for the company and was appointed to the position of Associate Artistic Director in 2019.



Frances is a descendant of the Kokatha Tribe from the West Coast of South Australia. She also has German heritage.



Frances is of Kokatha heritage and also of German descent. In 2002, Frances made her choreographic debut with the company with the critically-acclaimed Rations bill of Walkabout. Frances has followed this by creating six works for the company; Bush (co-choreography), Unaipon, X300, Artefact, Terrain and Sheoak. Terrain is on the 2019–2021 NSW Higher School Certificate Dance Syllabus.

In 2004, Bulletin Magazine named Frances in their Smart 100, following the world premiere of her work Unaipon at The Adelaide Festival of the Arts. Frances has choreographed works for many of Australia’s leading dance companies including West Australian Ballet and Tasdance as well as continuing a successful independent career. Frances has danced in works by many of Australia’s leading Choreographers and companies including Meryl Tankard, Leigh Warren, and Legs on the Wall.

Internationally, Frances has been fortunate to establish important intercultural relationships with First Nations performing arts companies in Canada and New Zealand.

Frances directed her first end of year production for NAISDA Dance College titled your Skin, my Skin in 2014, following with Kamu (2015), From Sand to Stage (2016) and Restoration (2017). In 2016, Frances was appointed Head of Creative Studies at the College.

In 2019, Frances returned to Bangarra in the position of Associate Artistic Director.



  • 2016
    Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work 'Sheoak' - Helpmann Awards
  • 2013
    Best New Australian Dance Work 'Terrain' - Helpmann Awards
  • 2010
    Best Regional Show - 'True Stories' (X300) - Helpmann Awards
  • 2010
    Betty Pounder Award for Choreography 'Artefact' - Green Room Awards
  • 2004
    Outstanding Achievement in Choreography 'Unaipon' - Ausdance Awards
  • 2003
    Best New Australian Work 'Walkabout' - Helpmann Awards
  • 2003
    Female Dancer of the Year - Deadly Awards