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Tahlia Burchill

My name is Tahlia Burchill and I am a descendent of the Kuku Yalanji people in the Daintree Region, Far north Queensland.

Scholarship, mentoring and leadership activities have helped me personally and professionally in the field of Dance and Education. I believe that the scholarship has allowed me to focus on gaining knowledge, experience and understanding in these fields. Furthermore, mentoring and leadership activities have helped me to develop confidence and give me a sense of direction.

In 2013, I was a mentor at the Year 10 National Indigenous Youth Leadership Program Gathering in Perth. I was inspired to see so many youth participating in this particular leadership event. They motivated me to continue in my own career path and strive to be a positive role model for others.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) in 2012 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Senior Years) in 2014 from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

In September 2013, I was offered a performer, mentor and teacher role with Indigenous Hip Hop Projects. I continue to tour Australia, and particularly remote communities to develop leadership skills, eliminate the word “shame” and to promote the message of a healthy body, mind and spirit.

I am also a mentor, performer and choreographer with Far North Queensland-based company, Biddigal Performing Arts. Under the Artistic Direction of Pauline Lampton, I plan to continue with this journey for a long while yet.

I have featured as choreographer on National Indigenous Television’s Move It Mob Style in 2013 and 2014. This has been a great experience and opportunity for exposure in my chosen career path.

I am currently based in a remote Aboriginal community called Warburton in Western Australia. My role is a Sport and Recreation Officer or Youth Worker.

I remain focused on a positive Dance Education career. I am open to welcoming new opportunities throughout my journey.

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