Our Team

 

Darren Compton

Specialisations

Traditional Dance and Song

World-Class Didgeridoo Player

Hip-Hop Dancer and Teacher

Aboriginal Visual Art

Boomerang Throwing

Artefacts and Weaponry

 

Darren is a proud descendent of Yugembeh, Munanjali, and Gamillaraay nations of the mainland, and the Mer people of the Torres Strait Islands. Born and raised in Bankstown Sydney, Daz is a proficient yiggi yiggi (didgeridoo) player, a visual artist/craftsman and a multi-skilled Indigenous performer and dancer in both traditional and hip-hop dance. Darren has been dancing since the age of 13 and has performed in over 5000 shows across Australia, from remote communities to urban corporate functions. Darren’s cultural back bone was solidified with The Doonooch Dance Company who are one of the world's premier traditional Aboriginal dance companies. They are the dynamic result of the self-healing program begun in 1998 by Bobby McLeod (dec).  Tradition, culture and ceremony inspire and define The Doonooch Dance Company and this has been passed onto Darren who has also performed internationally, travelling to over 24 countries representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture.

 

CULTURAL TEACHERS, LEADERS AND ADVISORS

 

UNCLE BOBBY MCLEOD (dec)

YUIN-MONARO

ATHOL COMPTON

YUGEMBEH MUNUNJALI

UNCLE MAGPIE CURRIE

YUGEMBEH MUNUNJALI

UNCLE MATTHEW DOYLE

DARUG 

DAWN COMPTON

GAMILLARAAY

AUNTY GAIL MABO

MERIAM MER

Jacqueline Cornforth

Specialisations

Contemporary Indigenous Dance

Traditional Dance and Song

Dance Teaching

Hip-Hop Dancer and Teacher

Master of Ceremonies

 

Born in Cairns, Jax is a proud Wuthathi (Aboriginal) woman from East Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. She is also a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with family ties to Thursday, Badu and Moa Islands. Jax completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and also studied at NAISDA Dance College. Jax has vast experience and extensive skills as a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and event host.

 

CULTURAL TEACHERS, LEADERS AND ADVISORS

 

DRUMMOND FAMILY

WUTHATHI & THURSDAY ISLAND

SEDEN FAMILY

CAIRNS, DARWIN & THURSDAY ISLAND

UNCE NOEL ZARO 

MERIAM MER

MILLS FAMILY

MERIAM MER

UNCLE PERCY JACKONIA (dec)

Glen Thomas

Specialisations

Contemporary Indigenous Dance

Traditional Dance and Song

Dance Teaching

 

Glen is an accomplished performer and graduate of  NAISDA Dance College completing a Diploma of Professional Dance Performance. He is a proud Indigenous man from Townsville North Queensland with strong roots to his Wakamin and Bidjara Tribal heritage. He has performed traditional dance in front of audiences since he was a young boy which over the years inspired his passion for performing arts.

During his training at NAISDA, Glen forged strong relationships with the Datiwuy Clan of Elcho Island community in North East Arnhem Land and Saint Paul’s community on Moa Island in the Western Torres Strait Islands. His knowledge and devotion to Indigenous culture is reflected through his dance and commitment to the arts. He extensively trains in western dance forms and techniques honing his skills as an upcoming professional Indigenous contemporary artist. 

Glen has travelled overseas to perform in Korea for the Seoul Friendship Fair Festival Hosted in Seoul City, a festival with over three hundred performance groups from fourteen different countries. In 2015 he performed with world renowned indigenous group Djuki Mala at the Winton Outback festival an many other popular Indigenous arts festivals throughout Sydney Such as Home Ground and Yabun festival as a solo artist. He also choreographed and performed in a section for the opening ceremony of the new Barangaroo corporate site development at Darling Harbour. 

Glen actively engages in urban and remote communities teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through workshops at public and private schools around the country. These workshops involve the practice of Indigenous dance, art, history and language. Glen is very passionate about working with communities bringing awareness of Indigenous issues through the arts and leading the next generations. 

 

CULTURAL TEACHERS, LEADERS AND ADVISORS

 

HEATHER MITJANGBA BURARRWANGA

DHAMBALA COMMUNITY, GALIWINKU, ELCHO ISLAND

TONY MUDALYUN GANAMBARR

DHAMBALA COMMUNITY, GALIWINKU, ELCHO ISLAND

UNCLE DENNIS NEWIE

WUG VILLIAGE - MOA ISLAND

Brock Tutt

Specialisations

Traditional Dance and Song

Didgeridoo Player

Artefacts and Weaponry

Aboriginal Visual Art

Boomerang Throwing

 

A proud Yuin man (South Coast, NSW), Brock Tutt is passionate about cultural preservation, respecting cultural knowledge and becoming a future leader in the community. Brock has danced and performed with Uncle Matthew Doyle and alongside The Doonooch Dance Company over his career. For over a decade, Brock has performed all over Australia and internationally, solidifying his cultural strengths and knowledge while expanding his skills in delivering workshops with the wider community. Brock is committed to preserving his culture and is excited to do this through the Muggera family.

 

CULTURAL TEACHERS, LEADERS AND ADVISORS

 

KEVIN MASON

YUIN

DEAN KELLY

 

 

Other Members of Muggera Family include:

RYKA SATRICK

MICHAEL COMPTON

KOBI DUNCAN