Dr Joan Pope was a founding member of Ausdance in Western Australia. Her specialisation has been in Dalcroze Eurhythmics as a private teacher, and for many decades was a part-time lecturer-tutor in Music through Movement with various tertiary organisations, including the Kindergarten Training College, WAIT, Curtin University, UWA, ECU and Notre Dame. She is currently the President of Dalcroze Australia and recently gained her PhD with historical research on the topic of teachers of the Dalcroze method in Australian and New Zealand in the 1920s. Her practical skills as a creative presenter and as an examiner have led to many invitations from all over the world to teach Dalcroze Eurhythmics. In 2001 Joan was awarded an OAM and Centenary of Federation medal for services to children, community and the creative arts.
West Australian Dalcroze expert, Joan Pope OAM establishes how much of an enigma Mary Whidborne is today, because it seems that she was the first significant teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics in this country.