Jasmin Sheppard

Dance Artist (Alumni)

  • Normanton, Croydon, China

Jasmin is an Aboriginal woman with a mixed heritage of Irish, Chinese, and Russian Jewish ancestry. Her Aboriginal songlines are from the Kurtijar people, from Normanton and Croydon in Queensland's Savannah region. Jasmin received a Diploma in Musical Theatre from The Dance Factory, and went on to study Contemporary Dance at NAISDA Dance College. She joined Bangarra in 2007 and one of her career highlights is performing the title role in 2014’s Patyegarang.



Jasmin is an Aboriginal woman with a heritage of Irish, Chinese, and Hungarian Jewish ancestry. Her Aboriginal heritage is from the Savannah region of Queensland; the Tagalaka and Kurtijar peoples from Normanton and Croydon in the Gulf of Carpentaria.



In 2002, after graduating from the Dance Factory in Melbourne with a diploma in Dance, Musical Theatre, Jasmin made her professional debut in HAIR the musical and studied Contemporary Dance at NAISDA. In 2006, she performed in The Migrant Project (Curious Works) and Vicki Van Hout's Wiradjurni, before joining Bangarra in 2007.

Her highlights with the company include performing the title role in Patyegarang (2014) alongside Thomas Greenfield; performing in Stephen Page's Warumuk — in the dark night in collaboration with The Australian Ballet for its 50th Anniversary production, Infinity (2012); and debuting her first choreographic work, Macq (2013).

She has collaborated with musicians such as Ben Ward (Sydney Symphony Orchestra) and Briggs, and has continued her choreographic work, creating No Remittance for Legs on the Wall and Choice Cut for Yirramboi Festival. Jasmin was the recipient of a Native Earth Theatre Company (Toronto) Weesageechak Residency where she had the opportunity to develop a new contemporary dance work.

Jasmin's career in dance reflects her deep connection to her culture, to art, and to spirit.