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 international media attention in early 2018 which led a wave of older adults across Australia trying ballet: the best type of research impact!

This project was a partnership between Queensland Ballet and Queensland University of Technology, with funding from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative.


Ali-Haapala, A., Moyle, G., & Kerr, G. (2018). Ballet moves for adult creative health. Published by Queensland Ballet.