Pauline Lampton
Pauline LamptonArtistic Director
Pauline Lampton graduated from NAISDA in 1999 and since then has done all of her professional dance work in Sydney. Pauline has been involved in a number of productions in Sydney over the years (Seasons, Bodies 2000, Ranggareena to name a few) however her strength has come from being a freelance performer and being given the opportunity to perform at a number of events including the Sydney Dreaming, Black Stump Festival, Rugby World Cup, Indigenous Gospel Music Cultural Festival and has had the honour of opening the Australian Dance Awards at the Sydney Opera House in 2000. Pauline left Sydney and the dance industry to move to Cairns, however Pauline now wants to use her experience, expertise and passion for theatrical Indigenous Performing Arts, to teach and pass on the knowledge and skills to our Indigenous youth, those who are willing to learn.

Indigenous Dance Mentors

As Biddigal Performing Arts aim to be recognised as a professional performing arts group from all levels ie performances, organisational structure, public relations & public appearances, Biddigal decided to engage with other professionals from within the industry.

Biddigal’s Dance Mentors from Mossman, were approached in December 2013 to participate in the production of Biddigal Dreaming 2014. Our dance mentors are given advanced choreography by some of the best Indigenous choreographers Australia has to offer, to challenge and further expose their talent as professional dancers. Our guest choreographers to date are  Earl Rosas and Jason Pitt.

Biddigal’s Dance Mentors are for our younger Biddigal performers to work alongside, be inspired by and aspire to one day move like them. indigenous dance mentors

Our Mentors

Charlie has been a guest Hip Hop teacher for the “Barefoot Black Cockatoo” dance program held at Shoalhaven State High School on the NSW South Coast in 2011, a Hip Hop/Jazz movement facilitator for the Sarina Youth Centre as part of their holiday activities and Assistant Choreographer in the 2OO9 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony for the Redfern student Dancers. He also partook as Choreographer/Dancer for a winning “So You Think You Can Drag?” performance in 2009.
Tahlia has been dancing since she was twelve years old. Tahlia’s talent was recognised when she received a dance scholarship through Bodies in Motion Dance School and was awarded Most Outstanding Dancer at the GENER8 Dance Competition in 2009. During this same year, Tahlia participated in the opening ceremony for Creative Generation State Schools Onstage at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Tahlia has since graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance). Tahlia has performed with Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, has featured as a choreographer on National Indigenous Television’s Move It Mob Style and is still currently a performer, mentor and teacher with Indigenous Hip Hop Projects.
Tamika has been dancing since the age of 6. Tamika was technically trained at Bodies in Motion Dance School in Mossman and has been with them for more than 13. Tamika also successfully competed in a number of far north dance eisteddfods and has enjoyed performance in her end of year productions. She is an associate senior teacher with a total of seven years teaching experience in a number of different roles including Bodies in Motion,
facilitator of AASC dance programs as well as travel to remote communities to assist in dance programs. Tamika relocated to Brisbane to attend the Queensland Dance School of Excellence in 2011 gaining experiences & training in the dance industry and has also attended training conferences in Melbourne to gain valuable knowledge on teaching and dance techniques. After auditions held in Cairns, Tamika was also chosen as part of the FNQ Creative Generation dance teams to travel to Brisbane in 2009, 2010 & 2012. She has been lucky to have been successful in a large number of productions throughout the Far North including both community & corporate events involving supporting act for Stan Walker and an appearance on Sunrise promoting the Port Douglas Carnivale just to name a few! In early 2014, Tamika was invited to become part of the Biddigal Performance group and has enjoyed a number of performances and looks forward to the many opportunities to perform in the future. Tamika’s graceful appearance on stage will leave you mesmerized!