Mornington Island Dance

There is a long and proud history of traditional cultural dance, and the Mornington Island dancers were the first Indigenous Australian dance group to take the message of Aboriginal dance to the world.

Dance and song is the cornerstone of Mornington’s cultural identity. But what makes it so special?  We believe that it is a combination of cultural integrity and reputation for authenticity.

Since 1973, Mornington Island Dance has taken part in hundreds of projects and collaborations, presented over 3,000 individual performances in Australia and conducted more than 20 overseas tours.

The culture of Mornington Island faces challenges as we engage with new media and non-traditional culture. But Mirndiyan Gununa Aboriginal Corporation is committed to the crucial task of cultural maintenance.

With programs in traditional dance and culture presented at the Mornington Island State School – and weekly cultural dance lessons to every member of the school – we are investing heavily in the long-term future of our island culture and its traditional dance.


Key achievements include performances at:

  • Major National Arts Festivals: Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin, Townsville, Qld Biennial Festival of Music, Womadelaide, Ballet 82.
  • Major Indigenous Festivals: Laura, Yipparinya, Sydney Dreaming, Perth, Canberra World Indigenous Peoples Festival, The Dreaming
  • Regional Schools Tours: 1974-2006  all states and all regions of Australia
  • Collaborative Performance Touring:  Luuli – Sydney, Geelong, Brisbane, Bendigo, Hobart, Darwin, Townsville, Cairns.
  • International Tours: Italy, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Southwest USA, United Kingdom, New Zealand, India, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, New Guinea, Germany, Japan Aichi Expo
  • International Festivals: Los Angeles , FOPA Port Moresby, Suva, Palau, WOMAD Auckland, CIOFF Tokyo, CIOFF Schoten, CIOFF Ratvik, London, UNICEF Berlin, Dresden, Stuttgart, Turin
  • Collaborations: (co-touring) with Dance North (Luuli), Ngardiji Dancers, Doomadgee Dancers, Borroloola Dancers


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