Jhuny was born in Manila, The Philippines, and was brought up in the outback town of Katherine in the Northern Territory.

Jhuny joined Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2003 and danced with the company for ten years, sharing indigenous stories across the country and around the world through contemporary and traditional dance. In 2009, Jhuny helped Bangarra celebrate its 20th Anniversary with Fire – A Retrospective and, in 2013, Jhuny was nominated for a Green Room award for his role in Terrain (2012).  Jhuny has also toured with the company to the Torres Strait island of Mer and to Yirrkala and Dhalinybuy in North East Arnhem Land, career highlights that he is grateful for and honoured to have experienced. Other career highlights include his involvement in collaborations with The Australian Ballet in the Gathering program (2006) and Waramuk – in the dark night (2012).

He is currently involved with Bangarra’s Rekindling program, facilitating the use of digital technologies to assist indigenous youths to explore and gather stories from their communities through contemporary dance and choreography, as well as the development of Bangarra’s online education resources for the National Curriculum.

In 2002 Jhuny completed his Bachelor of Arts with Honours at WAAPA and was a founding member of LINK Dance Company, working with some of Perth’s leading choreographers. Jhuny has also performed with Shih Gee-Tze’s Acme Physical Theatre (Taiwan), with One Extra Dance collaborating with many of Sydney’s established independent artists, and at the Australian Choreographic Centre.

Jhuny has also worked as a software engineer and as a web developer and completed his Bachelor of Science at the Australian National University majoring in pure mathematics. Jhuny has developed and enhanced his skills in web technologies through the SCOPE program for further professional career development for dancers. He is currently studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Digital Communication and Culture at The University of Sydney. Jhuny recently participated in the Indigenous Digital Excellence Agenda Summit facilitated by the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence as a co-designer in developing strategies for the future success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the digital age.

Jhuny feels absolutely privileged and thankful to continue being a part of Bangarra, giving back the knowledge and experience by helping to bring indigenous culture into the digital future.

 

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