Linda Ashley (M.A. University of London): Senior Dance Lecturer and Research Stream Leader at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand. Linda has extensive academic, choreographic and performing experience in dance. Currently, she is completing doctorate studies at the University of Auckland. Publications since 1996: Dance Sense (Northcote House Publishers, 2nd ed., 2005); Essential Guide to Dance (3rd ed., Hodder & Stoughton, 2008); and Dance Theory & Practice for Teachers: Physical and performing skills, (Essential Resources, 2005). She completed the New Zealand Ministry of Education curriculum materials development contract to produce the video Dancing the Long White Cloud (2002).
Linda Ashley (AUT University, Auckland) presents findings from an action research project focusing on a series of creative dance workshops. This paper includes a philosophical examination of cognition during the choreographic process in terms of educational value, and also how the process of choreography itself, is research.
This paper sets out to inform both theory and practice for dance educators as they meet the demands of multiple dance heritages in today’s classrooms.