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Indigenous Hip-hop Project visits Tonga on Hip-hop dance exchange

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 12/06/2019

To promote people-to-people links and a positive image of Australia, the Australian High Commission in Tonga is looking to empower the youth through a hip-hop dance exchange that sees two dancers from the Indigenous Hip-hop Project in Australia visit Tonga and promote healthy lifestyles, gender equality and inclusion in Tonga.

During Creedance Blanco and Billie Parkers one week in the country they are working closely with duo Tutu On the Beach and hip-hop dance group Onion Squad to promote people-to-people links and a positive image of Australia through showcasing contemporary Indigenous culture.

This morning they visited Tonga High School where they performed for the students, who were more than happy to display a few of their own moves while picking up tips from Blanco and Parker.

A form 7 student – ‘Opeti Moala says Blanco and Parkers visit this morning was a boot for the students’ confidence in their talents.

Before the visitors moved on to the next school Creedance and Billie said the reception from the Tonga High School students was encouraging.

While in Tonga Blanco and Parker are assisting Tutu On the Beach and Onion Squad with Community Dance classes and other youth-related programs then on Friday night they will all be performing together in a special show that is free for the public.

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