Learn to dance and sing in Woiwurrung language with the only female Wurundjeri dance group.
The Djirri Djirri Dance Group is made up of Wurundjeri descendants, Traditional Custodians of Melbourne and surrounds. Formed officially in 2013, after being part of other mixed dance groups, the women create dances to songs sung in Woiwurrung language and each relates to Creation Spirits, Country, Ancestors, Totems and Family.
Join members of the group as they teach you the song and steps of the Bik Ngarrga dance. Watch the group perform songs and dance on country before trying it out yourself.
Djirri Djirri means Willy Wagtail in Woiwurrung, a language that has been sleeping for generations. Djirri Djirri is waking it up!
The workshop comprises several elements. You may chose to follow along with all of these in a single session, or to spread the workshop over several days. All elements are performed by the Djirri Djirri Dance Company.
The total workshop includes:
- Womenjika, Six Layers of Country and Buln Buln dances
- Bik Ngarrga Dance Workshop: Part 1 & Part 2
- Bik Ngarrga Dance Workshop: About the Song
- Bik Ngarrga Dance Workshop: Routine
The Routine comprises the full dance along with song in Woiwurrung language. Feel free to mix up the elements to suit how you would like to learn the workshop.