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Aastha Gandhi View Full Bio

Aastha Gandhi is an independent performance researcher and a performer, currently pursuing studies in Law. She is a practitioner of Guru Surendranath Jena’s style of Odissi dance. She researched on Odissi dance, its historiography, practice and problems within the established parampara, for her M. Phil dissertation (2006–2008), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her subsequent research work has been published in Conference Proceedings of WDA Global Summit, Dance Dialogues: conversations across cultures, artforms and practices, Brisbane (2009) and World Dance Alliance’s Journal of Emerging Dance Scholars (2013). Her current area of research engages with city space and its evolving metaphors of performance, seen in contestation with the established laws.

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Sally Gardner View Full Bio

Sally is a lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne. She danced in London and New York and was a founding member of Danceworks in Melbourne. She is an occasional guest performer with Russell Dumas’s Dance Exchange. She is a co-editor with Elizabeth Dempster of Writings on Dance journal and is a regular contributor to local and international arts’ and humanities’ forums. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The Drama Review, Dance Research, Performance Research, the Journal of Intercultural Studies, Forum for Modern Language Studies and elsewhere. Her translation into English of Poétique de la danse contemporaine by Laurence Louppe (Contredanse, 1997) was published in 2010 (Dance Books, UK).

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Tony Geeves View Full Bio

Tony Geeves worked overseas for 25 years as a professional dancer and has taught extensively since 1974 at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.Since his retirement from full-time dancing in 1982, Tony has obtained a Certificate in Anatomy, Neuroanatomy and Physiology, a Teaching Diploma and an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy at New York University. Tony has lectured and given workshops at universities in Oslo, Stockholm and New York, and addressed the 4th Dance Medicine Congress in Finland and the Healthier Dancer Conference in the UK. He lectured in dance at the Queensland University of Technology and received an Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance in 1997. Since 2005 Tony has been Director of Pilates & Physio on Collingwood in Brisbane, and he also supervises Masters students for the Brisbane branch of the Melbourne Institute of Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy (MIECAT).

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Shreeparna Ghosal View Full Bio

Dr Shreeparna Ghosal completed a PhD in English Literature under Prof Malabika Sarkar, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She is secretary of the Centre for Studies in Romantic Literature, and freelances as a corporate trainer of business communication and soft skills in the management and IT sectors. She studied Bharatanatyam under Guru Smt Thankamani Kutty, Kalamandalam Kolkata, and has also taught there. She has her own institution of Creative Bharatanatyam called Nrtyaadhar. Ghosal is a performer, teacher and choreographer, a committee member and coordinator of 'Dhitang' Dance and the Child Movement, West Bengal Chapter, and a committee member of World Dance Alliance, West Bengal Chapter.

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Renee Glass View Full Bio

Renee Glass completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) in 2001at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and, having studied piano performance through the Trinity College of Music, took the opportunity to combine her strong interests in psychology and the arts by joining the Conceiving Connections project in 2002. She gained an Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) and is currently a PhD student in the MARCS Auditory Laboratories at UWS. Renee’s research interests include the investigation of cognitive, affective and physiological processes involved in the arts. Currently she is investigating audience response to contemporary dance and developing a scale that will measure such responses.

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Joseph Gonzales View Full Bio

Joseph Gonzales is Head of the Dance Faculty at the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage, ASWARA, Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture, Malaysia. He is one of Malaysia’s leading dance educators, a prolific and versatile choreographer, dance advocate, author, professional curator and a perennial student. Joseph completed his PhD in 2011 and was elected to the Executive Board of the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific as Vice-President South-East Asia the same year.

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Paige Gordon View Full Bio

After graduating from the WA Academy of Performing Arts, Paige worked Australia-wide as a professional performer with companies and individuals including WA Ballet, Meryl Tankard Company, Fieldworks Performance Group, Sue Peacock & Dancers and 1D339 Dance Group. She founded Paige Gordon & Performance Group (Canberra) and has been creating work since 1993. Paige received the Canberra Critics Circle Award in 1993 and 1994 and was invited to participate in the 1995 Australia/NZ Japan Choreographic Course. In 1996, she received the Green Room Award. PG & PG developed a national reputation, performing at the National Festival of Australian Theatre, the Festival of Contemporary Arts and was part of the Made to Move seasons in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Paige returned to Perth in November 1998 to take up the position of Artistic Director of Buzz Dance Theatre.

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Lesley Graham View Full Bio

Lesley Graham has been active in dance and dance education for over 30 years. She is employed by the Tasmanian Education Department. Lesley holds a Masters in Dance Studies and was a dancer with Tasdance (Jenny Kinder). Teaching positions include Lecturer in Dance Education, QUT and UTas. For the past two years she has taught into the Salamanca Arts Centre Space Dance Certificate IV and Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management courses and currently lectures into the UTAS Masters of Teaching (Arts Education) and B Ed. Primary courses. Lesley was the Education Consultant on Lagaw Gub Torres Strait Island Dance Kit (featuring the dance of Dennis Newie and St Paul, Moa Island—unpublished). Lesley has recently developed the Education Resources for Bangarra Dance Theatre in partnership with Education Services Australia and was recently engaged to write online support material for the ABC Splash project including a dance 'digibook'. Lesley is actively involved in community projects, assisting on the Mkono Kwa Mkono project, with Kickstart Arts and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and recently received an award for her contributions to the African Australian community. She actively mentors artists working in schools through the AIR project and less formal partnerships. In her position of Curriculum Area Leader—The Arts at Ogilvie High, she has developed formal partnerships between the school and MADE, Kickstart Arts, Salamanca Arts Centre, Second Echo Ensemble, DRILL performance and Tasdance to allow access for these companies to professional studio spaces and for the community to professional artists. Lesley writes for The Mercury and Dance Australia, and she has just completed a term of four years on the Ausdance Australian Dance Awards panel.

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Robin Grove View Full Bio

An English lecturer at the University of Melbourne from 1964 – 2006, Robin has published widely on both dance and English literature. He was dance critic for The Australian 1986 – 92, The Age 1992 – 98 and editorial adviser to Brolga from 1994 – 2006, after which he became co-editor. He was also co-editor of The Critical Review. With Shirley McKechnie and Kate Stevens, he was one of three scholars whose research projects, funded by the Australian Research Council, resulted in the publication of Thinking in Four Dimensions: Creativity and Cognition in Contemporary Dance (Melbourne University Press, 2005). First trained as a musician, Robin worked with Laurel Martyn and Ballet Victoria for many years and both choreographed for that company and served on its board of directors.

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