Waangenga Blanco is a dancer, choreographer and actor. Who for the past 13 years has performed as a senior artist at Bangarra Dance Theatre.
A proud indigenous man who descends from the Pajinka wik in Cape York and Meriam Mer the furthest eastern island in the Torres Strait.
His desire to learn more about his culture began with his love for dance. After studying at Naisda for 3 years he was invited to dance professionally for Bangarra.
Waangenga has toured globally as a representative of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture. His unwavering passion for his craft lead him to choreograph 'I.B.I.S' for Bangarra's 2015 National Tour where in the same year he won the 'Australian Dance Awards’ prize for 'Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer'. With numerous nominations throughout his career, Blanco also took home a Green Room Award for Outstanding Male Dancer for his work in 2014’s production of Patyegarang.
But Waangenga's most cherished career highlights are returning to country with 'I.B.I.S' to T.I and performing to remote communities all the way from Lake Eyre to far North Eastern Arnhem Land.
Waangenga is an advocate for maintaining Indigenous culture in our modern world, and is dedicated to educating and mentoring the next generation of storytellers.
"Im super excited to witness the talent of our people and the showcase of many different dance styles from so many nations that make up this wonderful country we call home". - WB