Nikki Smith


Nikki Smith

Nikki is a woman whose passion lies in telling stories with dance. Her training started at Hobart Dance Academy and then progressed to the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (Sydney) and Tony Bartuccios (Melbourne).

Nikki has taught for Tasdance within the Tasdance School of Performing Arts, school and community workshops, Derwent Valley Dance Studio, Gotta Dance Studio, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, Hobart Youth Program and for the Tasdance Summer School at Collegiate 2002. In 2006 while Nikki was working in the Tasmanian Education Department she created and coordinated a state wide performing arts workshop for Aboriginal students in grades 10, 11 and 12.

She co-founded Yula Kuwara Paya, a contemporary aboriginal dance group. Since it formed in 2001, the group has performed locally, nationally and internationally, most notably for the opening ceremonies for Ten Days on the Island, the opening of Trekking Kultja (an exhibition in the National Museum of Australia, Canberra) and the Seventh International Indigenous Education Conference (Canada). Nikki coordinated a welcoming performance with state-wide artists for the 2004 National Rural Health Conference in Hobart.

Nikki received a grant from The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council to work with Tasdance on the Fresh education project. Nikki also co-choreographed Tasdance's 2009 education project Reconcile with Bernadette Walong.