Contributors

Our contributors—the talented people who research and write about dance—their work champions innovation, creativity and diversity in dance.

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Keith Bain OAM View Full Bio

Keith spent his early years in Wauchope, NSW and from an early age, was involved in Scottish and ballroom dancing. After graduating from teacher training college he took up an appointment as a music teacher in Sydney. At the age of twenty seven Keith took his first modern dance classes with Gertrude Bodenwieser at her Sydney studios. He went on to dance with the Bodenwieser Ballet and had a number of works created on him by Bodenwieser including the male role in Central Australian Suite and the last work Bodenwieser created, a solo called The Heretic. After Bodenwieser's death in 1959, Keith, along with Margaret Chapple, took over the running of the Bodenwieser Studio in Pitt Street, Sydney. Over the course of the next few years, Bain taught modern, primitive, jazz, and ballroom dance classes at the Bodenwieser Studio. He also choreographed several works including Primitive Suite for Ballet Australia in the 1960s, and danced in many Ballet Australia productions. Keith was founder the Australasian Teachers Contemporary Dance Association (COA), the Society of Dance Artists (SODA) and Dancers' Picnic (forerunner to the Australian Dance Awards). Keith was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal for services to dance and theatre (1977) and received an OAM in 1988. Keith has received Australian Dance Awards for Services to Dance Education (2003) and for Lifetime Achievement (2011).

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Sruti Bandopadhay View Full Bio

Dr Sruti Bandopadhay is one of the foremost Manipuri dance artists of India and was awarded the top grade in Manipuri Dance by National Television, India. She is currently a Reader in Dance at Rabindra Bharati University, and received the Visiting Lecturer Fulbright Fellowship to teach Manipuri Dance and Survey of Indian Dance at the World Arts and Culture Centre, UCLA in the United States.

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Karen Barbour View Full Bio

Karen Barbour is a senior dance lecturer at The University of Waikato in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Her current research interests lie in collaborative artistic research, feminist choreographic practices, ecological and environmental dance, performance improvisation, autoethnography and alternative writing practices to express lived experiences.

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Phoebe Barnes View Full Bio

At the age of 14 Phoebe was accepted into a Quantum Leap program at QL2 Centre for Youth Dance in Canberra and this is when her love for contemporary dance began to flourish. She trained with Jacqueline Kornmann in Echuca, Victoria, attending several Australian Youth Dance Festivals, numerous workshops in Melbourne and seeing a plethora of professional dance performances. In 2012 Phoebe completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) and a Diploma of Education at Queensland University of Technology, and worked as a volunteer at Ausdance Victoria alongside former Education and Training Manager, Dr Katrina Rank. Phoebe spent one year teaching dance full-time at St. Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield in 2013 and attended Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (USA) in 2014.

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Irina Baronova View Full Bio

Irina Baronova, born in Petrograd, was one of the three legendary 'baby ballerinas' who made such an impact on dance audiences in the 1930s and 1940s. Her talent was clear from the beginning and the family soon moved to Paris where Baronova continued her training with Olga Preobrajenska. In 1932 when just thirteen years of age she was engaged by George Balanchine as ballerina for the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. She continued to dance with the de Basil Ballets Russes companies until 1939, coming to Australia on tour with the Covent Garden Russian Ballet in 1938 – 1939. Baronova left de Basil in 1939 and soon after began a new stage of her career in the United States. From 1941 she appeared with (American) Ballet Theatre in North and South America and worked in Hollywood in the 1940s before retiring to devote herself to her family. She came out of retirement at the urging of Dame Margot Fonteyn to serve on the technical committee of the Royal Academy of Dance and to teach and coach. Baronova lived the last eight years of her life in Australia, in the hinterland of Byron Bay, where she completed her memoirs which were published in 2005 as 'Irina: ballet, life and love'.

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Narelle Benjamin View Full Bio

Narelle Benjamin has worked with many Australian and international choreographers and companies. She won The Age Performing Arts Award for Best Performer in 1994 and the Hepzibah Tintner Fellowship in 2006. She has worked on award-winning films as choreographer, director and dancer and won the award for best short film in 1999 at the Sydney film festival and an Australian Dance Award for Dance on Film for Restoration. Narelle has choreographed two works for The One Extra Company, Inside Out (2002) and Out of Water (2004); Gossamer for Sydney Dance Company’s Directors Cut season (2006); The Dark Room for The Australian Ballet’s Bodytorque (2007); Figment for the Sydney Festival (2008); Lulie (2007) and Pixel (2008) for Theatre of Image; In Glass with performers Kristina Chan, Paul White and video artist Samuel James for contemporary dance festivals Spring Dance (2010) and ‘Dance Massive’ (2011). Narelle’s work ‘In Glass’ won the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance in 2011.

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Melissa Blanco Borelli View Full Bio

Melissa Blanco Borelli, a Lecturer in Dance Studies at the University of Surrey, teaches courses on identity politics, dance and culture, choreographing writing, and Latin American film. She has a PhD from UC Riverside’s program in Dance History and Theory (now Critical Dance Studies) and is currently researching the Cuban mulata dancing body and comparative social dance histories in New Orleans and Havana.

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Jonathan Bollen View Full Bio

Jonathan Bollen lectures in Drama at Flinders University and reviews performance for RealTime. He is co-author of Men at Play: Masculinities in Australian Theatre since the 1950s (2008). His research on dance, gender and performance has been published in The Drama Review and several anthologies, including Dancing Desires (2001) and Multimedia Histories (2007).

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Karen Bond View Full Bio

Karen Bond is a professor in dance at Temple University (Philadelphia USA). She worked in Australia in higher dance education from 1976 to 2000, developing Australia’s first Masters Coursework in Dance at Melbourne College of Advanced Education. Her research focuses on participant meanings of dance in education, therapy and performance.

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Georgie Boucher View Full Bio

Georgie Boucher holds a Phd in Theatre Studies from the University of Melbourne; her thesis was entitled Subjects in-between: art beyond identity. She has given lectures on feminism and popular culture at both the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and tutors in Theatre Studies, Cultural Studies and a Feminist Theory subject entitled Nymphs, Sluts and Madonnas.

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Shaaron Boughen View Full Bio

Shaaron Boughen BA (Hons) Dance, London. MA Dance, LSCD University of Kent, was Dance Discipline Leader at QUT until 2010 and has worked extensively as a performer, teacher, choreographer and designer in the UK and Australia. Particular areas of interest include investigating the live body in digital spaces, interdisciplinary practices and reversioning processes across multiple performance platforms. Shaaron is the Queensland dance reviewer for The Australian newspaper.

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Erin Brannigan View Full Bio

Erin Brannigan is a Lecturer in Dance at the University of New South Wales and works in the fields of dance and film as an academic and curator. She was the founding Director of ReelDance in 1999 and has curated dance screen programs and exhibitions for Melbourne International Arts Festival 2003, Sydney Festival 2008 and international dance screen festivals. Brannigan writes on dance for the Australian arts magazine RealTime. Her publications include Moving Across Disciplines: Dance in the Twenty-First Century, Platform Paper No. 25 (Sydney: Currency House, 2010) and Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010). She has published articles in Senses of Cinema, Writings on Dance, Brolga—An Australian Journal About Dance and International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.

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Eleanor Brickhill View Full Bio

Eleanor Brickhill, an independent dance artist for over 35 years, has performed in Australia and the UK with companies including Sydney Dance Company, English National Opera and Dance Exchange. Recent research projects have been with Critical Path, Fit (2005) and Friction (2007). She has written for and about dance performance, conducted research on Auslan, and is currently passionate about Argentine Tango and language studies.

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Hahna Briggs View Full Bio

Hahna Briggs is a Dunedin-based dance practitioner working in improvisation, and community, contemporary and integrated dance. Appointed the 2013 University of Otago Community Dance Caroline Plummer Fellow, Hahna has a Dance Studies MA and was a University of Otago teaching fellow 2011–12. She co-founded Aha Dance Collective and Pretty Gay Productions, and has performed for Dance Lab (University of Otago), WEAVE Movement Theatre (Melbourne), Lyne Pringle and Suzanne Cowan.

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Peter Brinson View Full Bio

Peter Brinson was the author of many books, television programs, articles and dance reports. He has been a dance advocate and consultant all over the world. In the 1980s he was head of post-graduate and community studies at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London. With Peggy van Praagh as mentor Brinson began his career as dance producer, animateur and scholar in the early 1950s. In 1964 he founded and directed The Royal Ballet's Ballet for All company, researching and creating all the programs for what became a unique pioneering effort in making ballet accessible to wider audiences. In 1971 Peter was appointed Director of the UK & British Commonwealth Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation where he initiated the Gulbenkian Workshops for Choreographers and Composers in London, and later, a ground-breaking series of studies on dance education and training. In 1963 he and Peggy a co-authored book they called The Choreographic Art and their association continued to develop after van Praagh's relocation to Australia. Peter Brinson's first visit to Australia was in the summer of 1975-76 when he conducted a course in dance history and criticism at the University of New England at Armidale in Northern NSW. Peter's course–in association with the choreographic workshops–was the beginning of serious dance scholarship in Australia.

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Alan Brissenden View Full Bio

Alan Brissenden (b1932), who has been commenting on Australian and international dance since 1950, currently writes and reviews for The Australian, Dance Australia, The Adelaide Review and Radio Adelaide and edits Brolga: An Australian journal about dance, the scholarly journal of the Australian Dance Council (Ausdance). His publications include Shakespeare and the Dance (1981), the Oxford World’s Classics edition of As You Like It (1993), Australia Dances: Creating Australian Dance 1945 –1965 (2010, co-author) and numerous contributions to scholarly journals, essay anthologies and reference books, including The International Encyclopedia of Dance (1998) and The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2001). An Honorary Visiting Research Fellow of the University of Adelaide, in 1996 Alan Brissenden was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the Arts.

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Adam Broinowski View Full Bio

Adam Broinowski has made solo and group shows, a feature documentary (Hell Bento!), and worked with many Australian companies, touring through South America, Europe, UK, US, Asia and Australia. While based in Tokyo for 5 years, he was a core member of Gekidan Kaitaisha, performing in company and transcultural productions (including the Bye bye series, 2001-2005; Bodies of War, 2003; Dream Regime, 2004~2005). He was a Monbukagakusho research fellow at the University of Tokyo (2003-2005) and is a PhD candidate at University of Melbourne/VCAM.

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Josef Brown View Full Bio

Josef is a dancer, actor and producer. He has been a principal dancer with Sydney Dance Company and The Australian Ballet and is a regular guest actor in the Logie Award winning, Dance Academy (ABC TV). He is co-Founder of, Cinemoves—a forum for dance & movement on film, and an Associate Producer & cameraman on the documentary, Art During Siege (ABC TV). Josef was the originator of the Johnny Castle role in the world-wide smash hit, Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage, which he played throughout Australia and New Zealand, on London’s West End and in the Pre-Broadway tour throughout the USA.

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Carol Brown View Full Bio

Carol Brown is an internationally established performer, choreographer and currently Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies at The National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland. Her work evolves through collaborative research with artists and scholars from other disciplines, in particular architecture, music and media design. Formerly choreographer in residence at the Place Theatre, London, Carol has received numerous awards including a Jerwood Award for Choreography, the Ludwig Forum International Prize for Innovation and a NESTA Dream Time fellowship.

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Renate Bräuninger View Full Bio

Dr Renate Bräuninger, lecturer in dance, Liverpool Hope University, Great Britain, has a background in both music and dance, receiving an MA in Musicology, Performing Arts and German Literature from the Ludwig Maxmilians University, Munich. She studied at the Performing Arts Department at New York University where she also created her own choreography and participated in the choreographic workshops at Dance Theatre Workshop under Bessie Schönberg. Renate has lectured at different German universities and at the University of Winchester, UK. At Middlesex University, London, she worked with Susan Melrose in practice as research. Her PhD focuses on the relationship between music and movement in dance and film.

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Ralph Buck View Full Bio

Ralph Buck is Associate Professor and Head of Dance Studies at Auckland University, and an experienced teacher in primary, secondary and tertiary contexts. Actively involved in the World Dance Alliance and World Alliance for Arts Educators, he has presented his dance education research, which is within curriculum design, pedagogy and community dance, in many international forums.

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Vera Bullen View Full Bio

Vera Bullen was a senior tutor in Dance Studies at The University of Auckland from 2006-2008. She taught ballet, history, kinesiology, research proposal and safe dance practices subjects. In 2009 she went to Seattle, USA, to write a conditioning book for performing artists and undertake Pilates teacher training. Vera holds an MCPA from The University of Auckland, an MA (Dance Studies) from the Laban Centre in London and BA (Dance/Drama) from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a member of IADMS (International association for Dance Medicine and Science) and PAMA (Performing Arts Medicine Association).

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