Hailee embraces culture through dance

Dancing in front of thousands may have been a little nerve wracking for Hailee Gordon, but she is quick to say she will do it all again.

The eight-year-old spent Australia Day celebrating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through dance.

"I went to Sydney with Dad to dance at Yaburn. I've always wanted to do it so I thought I'd go to Sydney with Dad," she said.

The Yaburn Festival is an annual event featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians, alongside community and cultural activities.

This is the first year Hailee and her father Tyrone Gordon have danced together in the festival.

"My whole life I've been doing it but I only just started teaching culture to the kids," Mr Gordon said.

"Dancing and culture itself is disappearing, especially in the Dubbo Aboriginal community. They have no culture because their culture hasn't been taught."

Mr Gordon said dancing was a great way to teach culture as it was exciting and engaging.

He said he hoped more people would be involved with the festival.


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