Hello DanceLife Readers,
Clint has asked me to join DanceLife as a blogger so to kick it off I thought it necessary to introduce myself and give you a little background info on where I’ve popped up from.
I am a 25 year old performer, choreographer, and lecturer. I grew up in Mackay Queensland and did most of my dance training with Lynette Denny at Theatre Arts Mackay. I’ve now studied Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, National Dance, Acrobatics, and Voice for twenty one years.
In my twelve years of professional dance I’ve worked in many different fields. From the commercial industry with Robert Sturrock and Jupiters Casino in my early years, to more recent employment in physical theatre companies like DV8 Physical Theatre, London.
Other career highlights include international touring with Australian Dance Theatre, performing a DV8 theatre piece at the London National Theatre (Madonna who loved it so much bought one of the duets for her tour!) and collaborating and performing around the world with my dear friend Tanja Liedtke who was last year appointed the director of Sydney Dance Company, not long before she passed away.
Aside from performing, teaching is another of my passions. In the past few years I’ve taught for ADT, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Ausdance NSW, Australian College of Physical Education and many more including teaching workshops alongside So You Think You Can Dance star, Anthony Ikin.
This year has been a chocka-block, great year for me. For a show named construct which I performed at the Sydney Festival, I was awarded the 2008 Helpmann Award for Best Male Dancer in a dance or dance theatre production, and for a piece named Honour Bound the 2008 Australian Dance Award for Best Performance by a Male Dancer July 2006 – December 2007.
The rest of my 2008 and 2009 are already scheduled with some exciting commercial and theatre projects which I will be sharing about in future blogs.
Also in my blogging I’ll be keeping you up-to-date with some of what’s going on in Australian contemporary dance, sharing about the process of creating theatre works, as well as interviewing lots of Australia’s best contemporary choreographers and dancers!
Until next time,