Dharpaloco (Dubs) Yunupingu is from the Gumatj Clan of North East Arnhem Land and the Darug people of Western Sydney. Dubs has been dancing traditional dance from the time she could walk, moving into dancing a fusion of contemporary/traditional dance and learning styles from all over Australia.

Dubs has had the opportunity to learn within her community with hands-on experience and under the guidance of professional leaders in the Aboriginal performing arts industry such as Rhoda Roberts, Matthew Doyle, Albert David, Djakkapurra Munyaryun and Kathy Marika. Dubs is a principle dancer with Jannawi Dance Clan performing in the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s production of Fire Water, at the World Masters Games opening ceremony, various Darug reunion camps, Sydney Opera House events such as Message Sticks and the Utzon Memorial and 40th birthday celebrations.

Dubs is currently involved in Boomerang’s production Tri Nations, a collaboration of Scottish, Maori and Aboriginal performing artists touring in Australia, New Zealand and Scotland, under the artistic direction of Rhoda Roberts. Dubs recently played the lead role in the ATYP production of Sugarland and was nominated as best newcomer at the Sydney Theatre Awards 2015.  She also appeared on the ABC3 TV series Ready for This. She has acquired other skills in her journey as a performing artist such as teaching, being a role model for the younger generation, costume-making, tie dyeing, traditional weaving, cultural dance props and traditional accessories. Dubs is very proud of her culture and identity and wishes to inspire the next generation to dance and keep our stories alive.

Andrew Batt-Rawden