On 20 June 2013 Tarne and Tegan joined AIEF General Manager Justine Macrae for an evening out to attend Bangarra Dance Theatre’s new performance ‘Blak’ at the Sydney Opera House. Tarne and Tegan, from AIEF Partner School Loreto Normanhurst in Sydney’s North, had recently attended an AIEF Food for Thought Boardroom Luncheon, hosted by corporate partner KPMG. These luncheons provide an excellent networking opportunity and a time for students to explore and discuss their aspirations for the future, and it was during the course of this luncheon that Tarnee expressed her strong interest in dance. When an opportunity arose in the weeks afterwards, AIEF was able to offer her the chance to explore this interest and inspire her career aspirations at a performance by Bangarra Dance Theatre. Before the performance, Justine, Tarne and Tegan were joined for dinner by Tarnes’ mentor Stella King from AIEF partner Leighton Contractors. Through the AIEF Mentor Program, Tarne and Stella have developed a strong, supportive relationship over the past 18 months. Stella was delighted that Tarne had the opportunity to see the Bangarra performance of ‘Blak’ saying it was “a great opportunity to see Indigenous dance blend contemporary influences on stage.” After the performance, Tarne said “It was amazing! I wish I could be a professional dancer – it was so incredible!” Tegan said “I am lost for words – it was so amazing. I could watch that ten times and not get bored!” Both girls are involved in the Indigenous Dance group at Loreto and were inspired by what they saw, having never heard of Bangarra before the invitation. It was a great experience for both girls and a great outcome from the boardroom luncheon with KPMG.

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