Avril Huddy is a lecturer in contemporary dance at QUT, having graduated in 1993 with a BA majoring in dance. Avril was a co-founder and co-curator of the Crab Room and Cherry Herring Performance Spaces in Brisbane, and has worked extensively as an independent dance artist. She spent five years with Dancenorth (1997-2001) returning in 2005 as acting tour manager and rehearsal director.
Avril Huddy and Kym Stevens (both lecturers in dance at Queensland University of Technoology) cover the latest pedagogical concepts in the training of dance teachers across a broad spectrum at a university level.
This paper acknowledges the influences that a generation Y population brings to dance training methodologies and examines this impact in a tertiary context. Over the last 4 years, Queensland University of Technology has been modifying their curriculum for new students transitioning from the private dance studio into the prevocational university environment. An intensive training program was designed to empower the student, creating effective entry points for common understandings in the learning and teaching of dance techniques with improved and accelerated learning outcomes. This paper shares these philosophies and practices in training for life-long learning that prepare the young dancer for longevity in the industry.