Ausdance COVID-19 Impact Survey Report

COVID-19 has impacted dance communities across Australia. As the pandemic unfolded in early 2020, the Ausdance network (led by Ausdance Queensland) sought to capture data about the immediate and medium-term needs of dance professionals in order to develop sector-specific responses to the impact of COVID-19. I was engaged to analyse and report on data collected…

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QB Ballet for Seniors Teacher Training

Extremely thoughtful and respectful of age. Ballet for Seniors Teacher Training participant, 2021 In 2020 and 2021, I led the development and pilot delivery of Queensland Ballet’s Ballet for Seniors Teacher Training Program. This work focused on upskilling ballet teachers to work with active older adults and addressed: cognitive and physical aspects of primary ageing,…

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Queensland Dance Audiences: A Focused Analysis of the Audience Outlook Monitor

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way people engage with arts, culture and creativity. Artists and cultural organisations are faced with decisions about how to connect with audiences and adapt to the changing circumstances. Patternmakers, 2020 In response to this challenge, a large-scale nationwide study is being undertaken to capture actionable data about how audiences…

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Interactive Zoom pedagogy

With the recent and urgent shift for dance practitioners (teachers in particular) to move their work online, I have been leading sessions on interactive Zoom pedagogy to support this transition. These sessions give participants the experience of my interactive online classroom where I model approaches that I have developed in the higher education sector over…

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Ballet for Seniors

From 2018 to 2021, I taught Ballet for Seniors classes at Queensland Ballet. Grounded in ballet technique, my classes included barre work, centre practice and choreographic sequences pitched for older adults who are new to dance (or coming back to it. I worked through exercises slowly, explained technique, listened to my participants as experts of…

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The Quest

The Quest (2019) was a movement workshop program led by professional artists to develop a new performance work. Working with a team of teaching artists, led by Sandi Woo, we undertook the development of community performance work in two stages. The first stage was weekly workshops with three community groups: Access Arts, Micah Projects, and…

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‘Daggy dancing’ with QUT Library

In 2018 I had the absolute pleasure of leading a ‘daggy dancing’ session for QUT Library’s team-building day. My task was to ‘reinvigorate’. So, naturally, I led 30 librarians in embodying zombie-like qualities and we danced to Thriller. This was a particularly memorable session as the group had an incredible enthusiasm for trying something completely…

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Ballet Moves for Adult Creative Health

In 2017 I led a 10-month mixed methods research project on teaching practice for delivering ballet to active older adults and the subsequent wellbeing outcomes for participants. The findings strongly indicated that ballet participation was considered to be a highly pleasurable activity with positive outcomes felt across social, emotional and physical wellbeing. The research received…

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