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Dance star one step closer to her dream

17 year old Tjungundi woman Martika is a dedicated and passionate dancer with a dream to become a professional dancer. One day she would love to own her own studio and share her passion for dance with others.

She’s been dancing since the age of 2 and did a very excited dance earlier this year when we named her one of our 2023 Young, Black and Proud Scholarship winners.

Martika has performed at charity events for Headspace and at the inaugural Dolphins NRL game at Suncorp Stadium. Beyond these incredible opportunities she has also been cast in numerous dance company performances throughout the years. These include Innate Contemporary Dance Company, Locreado, Australasian Dance Collective, Get the Beat Dreamer and Dream Creative.

She is currently completing her Senior Certificate through the Cairns School of Distance Education and thanks to her hard work and dedication, was also able to complete a Certificate 3 in Dance at Danzart Studio while studying.

Martika attended Lourdes Hill College and was an active member of her school Indigenous group ‘Mirragin’. Here she showcased Indigenous dance and culture and supported other Indigenous students through mentorship and leadership positions.

After a successful audition, Martika recently accepted a full-time position at Dance Force, Tweed Heads. One of only 30 dancers offered a place, Martika will make the move down south to continue her training and plans to use her scholarship funds to finance her move.

This year we partnered with the Queensland Family and Child Commission to help young people like Martika achieve their dreams. Read all about our 2023 winners by clicking here.

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