03 Jul Aboriginal dance troupe aims for Vegas milestone
TRADITIONAL Aboriginal dance and Las Vegas are not often associated, but popular Tweed dance troupe Bundjalung Kunjiel have a chance to change that. The group has a contract pending with the a hotel on the Las Vegas strip to perform a multimillion dollar stage show.
If successful it is believed they will be the first Aboriginal dance group ever to perform in Vegas.
“To definitely secure this contract, and push it through, we are required to go to Las Vegas and perform (on July 14), and sell our troupe to the producers, hotel and the backers of the show,” Bunjalung Kunjiel manager and performer Stephen Larcombe said.
“After securing this contract we will be rewarded with a star, as the first Aboriginal dance troupe ever to perform in Vegas, on their Stars Walk Of Fame in Las Vegas, alongside other performers such as Elton John, Elvis Presley, Celine Dion and more.”
The only problem is that the group needs roughly $6000 to fund their Vegas trip, which could propel the group of five onto unprecedented levels of stardom.
Thankfully, Mr Larcombe is a well known Aboriginal artist and is offering his works for sale at a discounted rate to raise funds for the Vegas venture, if other fundraising or sponsorship efforts fail.
“As a world renowned artist I have a few major investment art works I can trade for monetary help,”Mr Larcombe said.
“We are requiring some aid from financially fit persons, businesses or any government organisations to help achieve this wonderful opportunity.
“Keeping in mind we are not only representing our families and local area, we are representing our country and our people of Australia and this will benefit our youth as forming ties and contacts in show business, and the very influential people we will meet will enhance future contracts or opportunities for them.”
The Bundalung Kunjeil dance troupe has been representing the Tweed for 17 years and they hope performing at Vegas will showcase Aboriginal culture to the world.