Alison East lectures in Dance Studies at the University of Otago, teaching Choreography, Somatics and Community Dance. In 1989 she established New Zealand’s first contemporary choreography qualification at Unitec, Auckland, which spawned a new generation of New Zealand dance artists. Her research concerns Ecodance pedagogy, Trans-locational Dance Education and Trans-disciplinary research.
Boundary crossing is the first step towards transdisciplinarity. In this paper, Alison discusses the act of academic boundary crossing, of ‘dancing’ across or between the disciplines. She explores the potential role of dance within the relatively new and evolving research paradigm of transdisciplinarity (TD).