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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Emery Schubert View Full Bio

Emery Schubert is an Associate Professor in the Empirical Musicology Group School of English, Media and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales, co-editor of Acoustics Australia and secretary of the Australian Music and Psychology Society (AMPS). His key research areas are in music perception and cognition, with specialisation in continuous measurement of aesthetic and affective responses to music.

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Marianne Schultz View Full Bio

Marianne was a professional dancer and dance teacher in the USA, UK and New Zealand. She was a member of Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians from 1982–85 and worked with One Extra Company in 1988. She has taught and performed throughout New Zealand and has presented papers on dance research internationally for Ausdance, CORD (Congress on Research in Dance) and SDHS (Society of Dance History) She has an MA (Performing Arts) and an MA in History (University of Auckland).

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Liz Schwaiger View Full Bio

Liz is a researcher, tutor and administrator at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Her research interests include critical age studies, dance, gender studies, and socially marginalized populations. She completed her doctorate degree at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, and her academic publications are in these areas. Her work as project manager for Centre for Social and Community Research has included project management of the 'Science@' series of secondary school learning resources in the Rockingham and Kwinana region. Liz is currently principle researcher on a project investigating outcomes of Intensive Family Services in Western Australia.

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Catherine Seago View Full Bio

Catherine Seago is a lecturer in Dance at the University of Winchester and Artistic Director of EvolvingMotion. Her research areas are interdisciplinary collaborative processes, and physical knowledge and codified techniques in choreographic language. She has studied at University Surrey Roehampton UK, at Sarah Lawrence College and MCDS, USA, as a Fulbright Scholar.

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The Fondue Set View Full Bio

The Fondue Set are three women who have been making work together for over ten years, creating a distinct style, dance language and identity. They are an ever-evolving entity, always active in exploring their movement language, and seeking opportunities to work with new people and processes in order to shift the parameters of their work. Much of their unique dance language has come from an interest in exploring issues such as the ‘awkward body’, the moments in between, before, or just after, mistakes and humour, and they have placed their work in various foyers, nightclubs and bars in the Campbelltown Arts Centre and the Sydney Opera House. Their full–length work ‘No Success Like Failure’ won a Green Room Award for ‘Innovation in the form of Cabaret’.

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Justine Shih Pearson View Full Bio

Justine Shih Pearson is a designer, curator and scholar of contemporary dance and performance, with a particular interest in intercultural and hybrid practices. Trained originally in theatre design at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she has published in About Performance, Extensions and RealTime, and recently completed her doctoral dissertation at the University of Sydney; titled “In the In-Between,” the project looks at minute experiences of dislocation and disorientation within performances of interculturality, arguing for an expanded notion of embodiment and spatiality in understanding cultural performance. Justine is currently the acting director of Critical Path, a choreographic research centre in Sydney.

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Barbara Snook View Full Bio

Dr Barbara Snook is a Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland in the Dance Studies program. She was the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance at the University of Otago during 2008 and taught dance in Brisbane High Schools for 20 years. Barbara was awarded the Osmotherley Award in 2007 for her services toward the development of dance in Queensland and she was nominated for an Australian Dance Award for services to dance education in 2006. Her textbooks, Dance… Count Me In and Dance for Senior Students are used throughout schools in Australia and New Zealand. She has also written Dance Room Book One and Dance Room Book Two for children in the first years of school. An updated Dance…Count me in containing all new content was released in July 2014 and an updatedDance for Senior Students containing all new content is due for release in July 2015.

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Catherine Stevens View Full Bio

Dr Catherine (Kate) Stevens applies experimental psychology methods to the study of auditory and temporal phenomena including music, dance, and environmental sounds. She holds BA (Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Sydney. Kate is an Associate Professor in Psychology, MARCS Auditory Laboratories at the University of Western Sydney.

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Kym Stevens View Full Bio

Kym Stevens is a lecturer in Dance Education at QUT and has worked as a dance teacher in both NSW and QLD, in primary and secondary schools, and continues to develop arts’ implementation strategies with primary schools in QLD schools. She was the dance consultant for The Arts Year 1 – 10 Syllabus while working as a project officer for Ausdance QLD. Kym has worked as a dance teacher in private studios both here and in the United States, and has developed many community-based dance projects throughout Australia. Her qualifications include a Masters of Education (Research), Bachelor of Business Communications and a Graduate Certificate in Dance in Education.

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Cheryl Stock AM View Full Bio

Professor Cheryl Stock, PhD, AM has a career spanning four decades as a dancer, choreographer, director, educator, researcher and advocate. Cheryl is Secretary General of World Dance Alliance and Adjunct Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology where she previously held positions as Head of Dance and Director of Postgraduate Studies. Founding Artistic Director of Dance North and currently Artistic Advisor, Cheryl has created over 50 dance works as well as 20 collaborative exchanges in Asia. Her publications and practice encompass interdisciplinary and interactive site specific performance, contemporary Australian and Asian dance, and practice-led research. Cheryl is a recipient of the Australian Dance Award’s Lifetime Achievement and in 2014 was awarded an Order of Australia. Cheryl Stock on QUT ePrints

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Susan Street View Full Bio

Susan Street AO danced with Kolobok Dance Company before moving to Amsterdam to work with the International Folkloric Dance Company, which toured extensively in both Western and Eastern Europe. She was Head of Dance from 1988–1999 at the Queensland University of Technology and then Dean of Dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She has an Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance Education and in 2000 she was made an Emeritus Professor by QUT, the first Australian dance educator to be promoted to the title of Professor. Susan was Chair of the Dance Board and a Council member of the Australia Council from 1997–1999, and she also chaired the World Dance Alliance–Asia Pacific Dance Education network for a decade. From 2005–2011 Sue was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, and is now Executive Director of QUT Precincts, a trust member of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and a member of the Australia China Council. Sue was the National President of Ausdance from 2006–2012.

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Ross Stretton View Full Bio

1952–2005: Ross Stretton began his dance training as a tap dancer in Canberra before taking up ballet at the age of seventeen. He was accepted into The Australian Ballet School in 1971, and in his first year was awarded the Nureyev Bursary, followed by the Harold Holt Memorial Scholarship. He joined The Australian Ballet in 1973, was promoted to soloist in 1974 and principal artist in 1978. From 1979–96, Ross performed with companies in the US and UK, before becoming the sixth Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, expanding its repertoire to include many outstanding contemporary ballets. Three words encapsulated his vision for the company: ‘creativity, energy, passion’. After four–and–a half–years as AD of The Australian Ballet, Ross became Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet in London, before returning to Australia in 2002.

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Jill Sykes View Full Bio

Jill Sykes AM began reviewing dance in London and is dance critic for The Sydney Morning Herald. She has been a freelance arts journalist most of her career, writing about theatre, music and the visual arts as well as dance. She is editor of ‘Look’ — the membership magazine of the Art Gallery Society of NSW, author of the book ‘Sydney Opera House — From The Outside In’ and editor of the book on the TV series ‘Wine Lovers’ Guide to Australia’, as well as a contributor on dance to specialist publications in Australia and overseas.

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