Yolanda was born on Thursday Island and grew up in Mackay. She is a descendant of Yam Island in the Torres Strait and is also of Papua New Guinean and Fijian heritage.
Moving to Brisbane in 2011, Yolanda graduated from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) in 2013. An actor and singer as well as a dancer, her theatre credits include MABO, directed by Rachel Perkins; Stolen directed by Leah Purcell and Up The Ladder directed by Wesley Enoch and choreographed by Penelope Mullen.
Yolanda has also appeared in Beguiled (The Firebird Suit adaptation), for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Judith Wright Centre commission, Danse Noir, both choreographed by Penelope Mullen.
Yolanda performed the National Anthem with Jessica Mauboy at the 2013 NRL
Allstars game and appeared with her at the Deadly Awards. Yolanda danced with
Ochre Contemporary Dance Company in 2014 before joining Bangarra as a trainee
dancer in 2015.
* Yolanda’s role is supported by the Russell Page Fellowship.