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Patrick Thaiday

Youth Program Team Leader

  • Torres Strait Islands

Patrick is a descendent of King Kebisu of Tudu Island in the central region of the Torres Strait Islands. He joined the company as part of a trainee-ship in 2002 and continued as a dancer until 2012. In 2013 Patrick accepted the Team Leader role for Bangarra's Aboriginal Youth Dance Program, Rekindling.

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Heritage

Patrick is a descendent of King Kebisu of Tudu Island in the central region of the Torres Strait Islands.

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Bio

Patrick moved to Sydney in 1999 to study dance at NAISDA Dance College (the National Aboriginal & Islander Skills Development Association) His initial meeting with Bangarra was performing alongside them and Christine Anu at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies. A highlight close to his heart while studying at NAISDA were the Cultural Residencies to Mer (Murray Island) and Iama in the Torres Straits and Ngukurr in NT. Patrick completed a 6 week secondment with Leigh Warren and Dancers in 2001 before graduating.

In 2002 Bangarra offered Patrick a traineeship and he first appeared in Ash from Walkabout dancing alongside one of his biggest idols the late Russell Page to much acclaim. Patrick quickly became one of their leading soloists and went on to perform with Bangarra nationally and overseas touring throughout Europe, UK, China, Japan, New Zealand, Canada and the States.

His final performance on stage with the company was in 2012 with the Australian Ballet Warumuk – In the Dark Night. In April that year he returned to NAISDA as Creative Director & Choreographer for their End of Year Show Morning Star and had a movement Arts installation piece at ATYP (Australian Theatre for Young People) The Rocks Project.

Bangarra approached Patrick again in 2013 to take up the role as Team Leader for their new Aboriginal Youth Dance Program Rekindling. Since then he’s been to 20 communities connecting with many Elders and youth sharing his knowledge and experience in dance which spans over 38 years.

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Awards

  • 2004
    Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer, Unaipon
  • 2006
    Green Room Award for Best Male Dancer, Boomerang
  • 2006
    Deadly Award for Dancer of the Year
  • 2012
    Nominated – Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer, Belong