Waangenga (pronounced Won-nee-ga) is a descendant of the Mer Island (Murray Island) people and of the Pajinka Wik, Cape York.
After studying at NAISDA, Waangenga was invited to join Bangarra in 2005. His career highlights include the company's return to Meriam Mer in the Torres Strait Islands to perform Emeret Lu by the ocean and also dancing on the football field in Yirrkala for the community.
In 2015, he made his choreographic debut with I.B.I.S as part of the lore program. He won an Australian Dance Award and Green Room Award for his performance in 2014’s Patyegarang and was nominated for a Helpmann Award and Greenroom Award for Male Dancer of the Year in 2012. Waangenga won the Helpmann Award for Best Male Dancer in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production, 2019 for his performance in Dark Emu.
Waangenga appeared in films Bran Nue Dae (2009), The Turning (2013), Dive, Stephen Page’s SPEAR (2016), and Dan Sultan’s music video Under Your Skin.
He aims to inspire through his deep love and connection to Country and culture, and draws strength from his family and his childlike curiosity to look, listen and learn from our rich tapestry of stories.