Our contributors—the talented people who research and write about dance—their work champions innovation, creativity and diversity in dance.
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.
Rodney Stenning Edgecombe lectures English literature at the University of Cape Town, and holds one of its Distinguished Teacher Awards. He took his MA with distinction at Rhodes University, where he won the Royal Society of St George Prize for English, and his PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was awarded the Members' English Prize, 1978/1979. He has published 11 books-the most recent being on Thomas Hood-and 332 articles on topics that range from Shakespeare to nineteenth-century ballet and opera.
Monte Engler, an accountant specialising in Self-Managed Superannuation, is involved with research,administration and compliance in the field and works for the University of Adelaide and SuperGuardian Pty Ltd. Ausdance SA’s Treasurer, he is also finishing his Masters of Commerce (Accounting) degree.
Shona graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance with a Bachelor of Dance in 1994. She went on to gain a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) Psychology at Deakin University in 2000, and a MPsych/PhD (Industrial/Organisational Psychology) from the University of Melbourne in 2007. Her PhD comprised a case study of an effective contemporary dance education program and its participating youth. Shona has taught dance at Deakin University, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She has also been involved in a number of dance related research projects at Edith Cowan University, Australian Dance Theatre, and Flinders University.