Key Performers


Peter Williams

Peter Williams comes from Garul Gigula Clan of the Ngemba Tribe, originating in the region of Brewarrina in North West NSW, his indigenous language is Wongaibon, with his tribal totem being the Goanna. He is our head dancer and song man here are Waradah, as well as an Elder in his tribe. With this comes Uncle Pete’s vast array of skills and knowledge, ranging from his developed skill with spear and boomerang, through to art and music and on into bush tucker and traditional medicines. He is well versed in the lore of his people, being an accomplished traditional story teller. Peter uses his knowledge to not only guide the younger generation of his people and our other resident dancers, but also any of our guests who are willing and keen to re-discover Australia’s rich and diverse culture.


Leigh is another member of the Ngemba Tribe here at Waradah, specifically from the Garul Gigula clan. He is a staple member and can often be found posing for tourists and playfully poking fun at anyone who is keen. Leigh has been dancing for 10 years now, both Ngemba style dance and Wakka Wakka. Some of Leigh’s indigenous skills repertoire include Boomerang and Spear throwing, as well as being well versed in cultural Dreamtime Storytelling.




Jesse’s mother’s country is located in Mt Isa in North West Queensland the Kalkadoon people and his father’s people are the Birri-Gubba from Mackay, Central Queensland. Jesse hopes to teach everyone he meets about his culture, heritage and to learn more about his people’s lore.

An enthusiastic member of the dance troupe, since arriving at Waradah Jesse has worked hard to master playing the Didgeridoo, the ancient Aboriginal musical instrument. His skills are often called upon for private didgeridoo lessons for our VIP guests.





Originally from Queensland, Shonay carries the proud heritage of Mandandanji people from her mother and Wakka Wakka people from her father.

Her passion about culture is second to none. Amiable and bubbly, shonay loves learning about new cultures and will happily chat to visitors about their country and tradition.  In return, she will share with them information about her background and symbolism behind the Aboriginal art.




Joel’s people come from the Gomeroi nation, in North-west New South Wales. Joel’s personal totem is the Gaani, the Bearded Dragon. It’s important for Joel to not only practice his culture but to share it with the visitors to Waradah.

Joel believes that through his sharing of his culture, he’s living up to the teachings passed down to him from his knowledge holders.