The Indonesian Dance group at South Grafton High was started as a result of some very successful workshops conducted by Alfira O’Sullivan and Murtala from the Suara Indonesia Dance Group. Alfira is a well-known dancer and choreographer who regularly performs overseas and throughout Australia. Her Suara Indonesia Dance Group has also performed on “Hey Hey Its Saturday” and “Australia’s Got Talent”. The group is managed by Mr. Mark Avery, Head Teacher Languages.
The members of the original Indonesian dance group are Holly Dunn, Amie O’Dell, Georgia Summer, Lauren McDonogh, Ellenie Whyte, Rachel Wade and Reanna Schache . This group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in B6. The dance group had their first performance at the finals of SGHS’s Star Search in 2011. The audience was very impressed with the girl’s polished act and they received continuous applause throughout their performance. Since then the Indonesian dancers have been invited to perform at many events both at school and in the community. The girls’ wonderful Acehnese costumes were purchased with funds from our successful submission for a Becoming Asia Literate Grant.
In 2012 a new group of Year 8 students has been practising and should be ready for their first performance very soon.
In Term 2 of 2013, the Year 7 Indonesian dance group had their first performance at the Maclean Community Pre-School. This group has been practising with our Indonesian assistant teacher, Bu Dayu, during lunch time. Bu Dayu has been teaching them different dances from throughout the Indonesian archipelago. The excursion was planned as part of an Indonesian morning where the pre-school students were introduced to different aspects of Indonesian culture. The program was organised by Bu Murni and included some basic Indonesian language, dance performances by Bu Dayu, Bu Murni and the Year 7 Indonesian dance group as well as Indonesian food. The Indonesian dance group performed the Tari Indang Badinding from West Sumatra and also introduced the children to the Poco-poco, a dance which originated in the Moluccas. The children and parents were very impressed with the performance. Congratulations to Sam Hearfield , Kaitlyn Perdicaro, Sian Wormald on an excellent performance and many thanks to Bu Dayu for her wonderful assistance.