Sidney Saltner

Youth Program Director

  • Central Queensland

Sidney is a descendent of the Wulli Wulli and Wakka Wakka people of Central Queensland. He is a Performer, Choreographer and Director with over decades of experience. He currently holds the position of Youth Program Director with Bangarra Dance Theatre.



Sidney is a descendent of the Wulli Wulli and Wakka Wakka people of Central Queensland.



Sidney graduated from the National Aboriginal Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College in 1991. While studying, Sidney undertook his apprenticeship with the Australian Dance Theatre and started to perform with the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre Company (AIDT). When he graduated, he continued to perform with AIDT for six years, for three of which he was Assistant Director. Sidney danced major roles in AIDT productions as well as in collaborations with Side Track Theatre and Belvoir.

Highlights of Sidney's performance career with Bangarra include the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies, and the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival, and collaborations with The Australian Ballet including Rites and Gathering.

Sidney has been nominated for Best Male Dancer in the Australian Dance Awards and the Deadly Awards, and for a Mo Award. Throughout Sidney’s career he has performed and taught extensively throughout Australia and internationally in Asia, North and South America, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

In 2011, Sidney performed with the Australian Opera in La Traviata on Sydney Harbour, choreographed for the short film He Say by Leah Purcell and performed at the Edinburgh Festival with Leigh Warren & Dancers.

In his current role as Youth Program Director, Sidney has been at the forefront in developing Bangarra’s flagship Youth Program Rekindling, which aims to inspire the next generation of storytellers and cultural custodians.

He has forged new mentoring partnerships within New South Wales and Queensland, and has been instrumental in the success of the New South Wales Public Schools' Aboriginal Dance Company. He has directed and choreographed many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works for both the New South Wales Schools Spectacular and Creative Generations - State Schools Onstage.