Lucas Proudfoot

Lucas is a Bundjalung / South Sea Islander man with a background in professional surfing, contemporary music and traditional Aboriginal dance.

Through his business Circular Rhythm, Lucas has merged his talents into a solo performance that has kids singing and dancing. Circular Rhythm offers live Indigenous Australian music and performances to audiences as diverse as school children, conference delegates and tourism visitors.

"The business is Indigenous owned and operated by myself-Lucas Proudfoot-and is based on the Gold Coast."

Circular Rhythm has seen Lucas perform 85 shows across the world in 2011 alone.

"This year I have performed and showcased Indigenous Australian music and cultures at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta for NAIDOC week and the International School of Lausanne in Switzerland."

"In Australia I've performed in Townsville, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, South Australia, New South Wales and the Gold Coast."

"It's rewarding to work with school kids and their teachers and know that you are helping them out with learning about Aboriginal culture. Overseas they are intrigued with Australian and Indigenous culture and I use a powerpoint presentation to show the kids images of where I'm from and of our native animals."

Lucas has over 15 years experience as a cultural performer. In his teens he was part of an Indigenous cultural dance troupe, The Minjungbal Dancers, performing at local, national and international events, including tours to Asia and Brazil.

Lucas performed professionally with the band Max Judo from 2000-10 touring to Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, France, Portugal, Hawaii and South Africa.
Lucas says his mother and father have been major influences on him.

"My mother is a school teacher and she has been a big help with developing the educational side of Circular Rhythm."

Lucas plans to keep performing his show, moving into new markets of the US and Canada.

"I enjoy working with different audiences, both in Australia and overseas and I value the opportunity to educate audiences about Indigenous cultures, wherever I go."

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