Our contributors—the talented people who research and write about dance—their work champions innovation, creativity and diversity in dance.
Jennifer Jackson is a lecturer at Surrey University and teaches choreography at the Royal Ballet School. She is a former dancer with the Royal and Salders Wells Royal Ballet, and co-founder of the Ballet Independents Group (BIG). Her choreography includes commissioned work for ballet companies, fringe theatre, and vocational students, including In the Reveal (2007) and Retrieving the Sylph (2005).
Erica Rose Jeffrey believes in the power of movement connected to positive social change. Involved in multiple communities, she has worked internationally as a performer, choreographer, educator, arts leader and facilitator. The first dancer to be selected as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, she completed a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland. Erica Rose continues to investigate the connections of dance, empathy and peace as a PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology. She is also currently the Program Coordinator for Dance for Parkinson’s Australia and was instrumental in bringing the program to Australia.
Phakamas Jirajarupat completed her BA (Hons) and MA in Thai Classical Dance at Chulalongkom University, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1998 and 2000 respectively. She is a lecturer in the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Rajabhat Suan Sunandha University, Bangkok and is an expert in Thai Royal Court Dance and Thai Folk Dance. She is also a guest lecturer at Bangkok Patana International School, Bangkok, Thailand.
Brisbane born Evan Jones studied dance with Elsie Seguss, achieving R.A.D. Solo Seal, 1968. Further dance studies at Rosella Hightower’s Centre de Danse International in Cannes, France was followed by professional dancer engagements with Marseille Opera Ballet; Roland Petit’s Ballet Nationale de Marseille; Gerhard Bohner and Morley Wiseman at Staatstheater Darmstadt; Fred Howald, Egon Madsen and William Forsythe at Ballett Frankfurt. He served as ballet master with artistic director Andris Plucis, Staastheater Darmstadt and in 1997 was appointed lecturer in ballet at QUT. Evan has a Master in Education degree and has published on intrinsic motivation, assessment, reflective practice and embodied literacy.