The Descendance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre was born from the mighty Ngaru Aboriginal Dance Company, Sydney’s first professional independent traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance troupe, established in 1993. Ngaru had been one of the longest running professional performing Aboriginal dance troupes in Australia. In 2000 the name was changed to “Descendance” to account for the many artists from diverse tribes living in Sydney and joining the company.
The motto was “One people all fighting a common cause”. Descendance has become one of Australia’s leading international cultural exports to the world, having toured over thirty countries and over one hundred cities, Descendance covers all three styles of Australian indigenous performance, Traditional, Torres Strait Islander and contemporary.