Traditional dance empowering Samoan youth in Logan
Fiafia Night was an event recently held in Logan, which showcased the traditional dances performed by young Samoan women. The girls had been working for six months within a series of workshops, as part of their Teine Toa (Brave Girl/Woman) project, run by not-for-profit organisation, MyStory61.Inc. This project was proudly supported by BEMAC through RASN funding (Regional Arts Services Network).
The showcase, held at Marsden State High School, featured five different traditional dances performed by the girls, with deep traditional meaning and importance, telling a story of traditional island life.
Stephanie from MyStory61.Inc is passionate about empowering and encouraging the Samoan youth. “Teine Toa workshops started when we saw young Samoan girls growing up in Australia struggling with identity. The message for Teine Toa or Brave Girl is the idea that it does not matter who you are or where you are from there is still hope to learn culture.
“Traditional dance is more than dance or performance it also has a purpose to build confidence and give you a sense of identity. It’s also a great opportunity for the audience to be further educated on the Samoan culture and their traditions.” Said Stephanie.
MyStory61.Inc started in Brisbane 5 years ago with the vision of using creative or performing arts to bring hope to youth in the community. As a not for profit and volunteer based organisation, MyStory61.Inc have operated mainly by volunteers with a passion in performing arts and youth work.