I cannot ever remember not dancing. I am with the character Peanuts on this one: “To dance is to live”.
At four, once Mum had taught me left and right, I started ballet classes (mostly at the Nettleton Edwards School of Dance), went onto Modern & Contemporary dance with Basil Pattinson, Creative Dance with Mrs. van Zon, Jazz with the Maggie Burke dancers while at University, Contemporary with first Limbs and later Poyema and Jenny de Leon, Divinely Dancing Dancing with Lizzie Haylock before 5 Rhythms with Christina Demmler, Geordie Jahner and Sacha Paddy. I have finally found my home with Open Floor; as a dancer and as a teacher and dance guide.
Outside of classes I danced at home, sometime for myself and sometimes (I cringe now) for my parents’ dinner guests. AND in my teenage years I somehow managed to wrangle dancing to Led Zeppelin in my local Church. Given this was the early 1970’s I can’t think how this came about. However, I do remember flinging myself about with great expression. And at parties why talk and lie about when I could dance?!
Fast forward to 2019 and I still derive great pleasure and a large measure of sanity from dancing, my way. At some point my whole being settles into the dance, and no matter what else is going on in my life, the ‘YES’ for life is there. Connection with self, others, and spirit. Dance is my personal practice and I am deeply committed to the role of dance in health, well-being and creative expression for everyone.
Recent Performance/Community Participation Events and Projects:
2017 Are We There Yet? Feisty Feet at Auckland War Memorial Museum
2016 Keepsake Feisty Feet at Auckland War Memorial Museum
2014 Harbourview Sculpture Trail, using dance as part of a Pukeko labyrinth installation (with Kathrine Fraser)
2013 “that on our lonely path”, as part of RITES New Rituals for the Living
2013 “witnessed and moved” – a community participation piece for Lopdell House Gallery as part of the New Lynn Christmas Festival
- Registered OPEN FLOOR Dance Teacher (2018)
- Post-Graduate Diploma Creative & Performing Arts – Dance Studies, with Distinction, at Auckland University (2013)
- Dance Mobility (2012)
- Registered Independent Celebrant with a Certificate of Celebrant Studies NZ
- Certificate Ontological Coaching, (Newfield Group – USA)
- Diploma Teaching, Trained Teachers Certificate (NZ)
- BA (Sociology) Canterbury University, NZ
- Open Floor Dance Out West in partnership with Ingrid Nagl
- Sit-Walk-Dance, Movement Meditation Classes with Kerry-Ann
- Feisty Feet (a senior’s dance class run on contract for NZDC, The New Zealand Dance Company)
- Community Education Manager, The New Zealand Dance Company, 2014– 2016
Free Dance Guide Te Ata Community Mental Health (2014)
- Tempo Dance Festival – volunteer over a number of years, variety of tasks including coordinating volunteers
- Dance Reviewer – Theatreview (2013)
- Artists in Movement – pilot programme with disabled artists at Spark Centre 2013 (now Mapura)
- Education mentor and project documentation – New Zealand Dance Company pilot Youth Engagement Programme, Kowhai Intermediate (2102)
- Free dance session once a week with 16 – 18-year-old girls on remand at Auckland Regional Womens Correction Facility (February – July 2011)