Evaluation Workshop

Ausdance Queensland recently invited me to present a workshop on evaluation. This is a field of work that I have discovered after my academic research training and is a great example of how useful research skills are in the arts! As an introduction to evaluation, I designed this workshop to focus on broad, overarching ideas…

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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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Brisbane Writers Festival

In 2018 I undertook audience research and evaluation of the Brisbane Writers Festival, presented by UPLIT. This was predominately a quantitative project which opened up the possibility of collecting data across several areas: festival patron demographics, interests and reading habits; experiences of the festival; marketing; and sponsorship and philanthropy. By taking care to study previous…

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Ballet for Seniors Weekly Classes

Every Sunday morning I teach two beginner level Ballet for Seniors classes at Queensland Ballet. Grounded in ballet technique, my classes include barre work, centre practice and choreographic sequences that are pitched for older adults who are new to dance (or coming back to it after a little or no so little break!). I work…

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Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council Dance Project

In 2018 I undertook a two-month teaching residency with Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council. My task was to saturate five regional Western Australian towns in contemporary dance. This project gave every school student in the region an opportunity to dance, as well as offering classes for children aged 5 years and under, and adult classes. Promoting…

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Supercell Dance Festival

Since the festival’s inaugural season in 2017, I have led the the annual Audience & Access evaluation. Focusing on the festival’s goals for patron experiences, I have designed a bespoke evaluation framework that speaks directly to these goals and that maps progress over time. The evaluation design balances measurement of the ‘what’ using quantitative data…

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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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