Student dancers perform for Royal couple

Link to Flash presentation: https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/news/yr2014/apr/royals/soundslider.swf

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were given a colourful insight into Aboriginal culture and the talents of NSW public school students at an event at the Sydney Opera House.

Six members of the NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company performed White, telling a story of the significance of ochre in Aboriginal culture, in front of Prince William, the Duchess and 400 invited guests.

White is part of the company's repertoire developed through a successful collaboration between Bangarra Dance Theatre and the department's Arts Unit.

The Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir specifically requested the performance after admiring the company's performances at a number of events last year.

Six company dancers from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, and Camden Haven, Wade and Winmalee High Schools were chosen to perform for the Royals.

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts Year 12 student, Kate Lienert also had the honour of delivering the Acknowledgement of Country.

Speaking to the dancers following their performance, Prince William and the Duchess were complimentary of their dancing, discussed the costume design and asked the students about their schools and where they were from.

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