DANscienCE Moving Well – Talks

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DANscienCE Moving Well – Talks

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 02 June 2018
Category Live Event


DANscienCE Moving Well explores the nexus between dance and science in the fields of health, well-being and longevity.

The one-day event at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, curated by Liz Lea (Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance – Australian Dance Awards 2017), features performances, films and talks with guest artists and health specialists moderated by arts journalist, Caroline Baum.

MOVING Well will promotes creativity in all ages and the way in which current research and practice in the areas of dance and health bring value to our bodies and minds at varying stages of life.



10AM – Lennox Theatre

Liz Lea (ACT/AUS)
DANscienCE Director, independent choreographer and performer

Introducing DANscienCE Moving Well, a day of talks, performances and films – a surprising and unexpected program from its inception in 2013 at CSIRO Discovery Canberra to 2015 at QUT, to Moving Well 2018 in Western Sydney. DANscienCE Moving Well explores the nexus between dance and science in the fields of health, well-being and longevity. The event promotes creativity in all ages and the way in which current research and practice in the areas of dance and health bring value to our bodies and minds.

Professor Gene Moyle (QLD/AUS)
Head of School, School of Creative Practice, QUT, Creative Industries Faculty
Opening Address
The Psychology of Moving Well

Professor Kate Stevens (NSW/AUS)
Director, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development Western Sydney University
Keynote Presentation
The Body Knows: Distributed and Embodied Cognition in Contemporary Dance


Short Performance
Offbeat Dance Group– Dance for People with Parkinson’s (ACT/AUS)
Featuring Offbeat Dance Group members and Dance for Parkinson’s workshop leaders.
(Dance for Parkinson’s Workshop Friday June 1 – registrations here)

Erica Rose Jeffrey (QLD/AUS)
Director and lead teacher, Dance for Parkinson’s Australia and
Nadeesha Kalyani (QLD)
PhD research student at QUT and physiotherapist
Effects of Dance for Parkinson’s on gait, dual-tasking and quality of life in Parkinson’s disease 

Dr James Oldham (NSW/AUS)
Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong. Senior Staff Specialist Psychiatrist
CAMHS Adolescent Inpatient Service & Adolescent Day Unit
Movement as an effective therapy for trauma and depression

Dr Luke Hopper (WA/AUS)
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University Perth
The biomechanical irony of dance expertise

Grand Finale
Choreographed by Martin del Amo (NSW/AUS)
The Golds (Growing Old Disgracefully) are a group of Canberrans aged 60-90 years, who after retiring from a diversity of careers, now live to dance. They break the stereotype that dance is only for the young and bring into the spotlight, the intelligence and insight that age can reveal.

Grand Finale, choreographed by Martin del Amo, is an extract of Great Sport! a site-specific dance work, presented at the National Museum of Australia for World Health Day 2016. Great Sport! celebrated the legacy of Australian movement, sporting history and health and well-being. The work was awarded a 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance under the direction of Liz Lea.


12:30pm – 1:30pm

A short performance by young performers in the STARTTS Capoeira Angola Project Bantu lead by Mestre Roxinho will take place in the Riverside Courtyard


1:30pm – 3pm


Dr Jeff Meiners (EdD) (SA/AUS)
Lecturer, School of Education, University of South Australia.
Exploring the effects of dance on mental wealth across generations

Vicky Malin (UK)
Independent Dance Artist
A presentation detailing creative practice in relation to encounters with professionals working in neurological and rehabilitation research to explore the movement and connections of her hands.

Dr Christopher Knowlton (USA)
Manager of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
A professional dancer, motion analysis scientist and cancer-survivor, Christopher Knowlton traces the path that dance and science has carved through his winding career, a myriad of current projects and unexpected turns of health.

Dr Shakeh Momartin (NSW/AUS)
Senior Researcher and Clinical Psychologist,
NSW Service for the Treatment and rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors


Gwen Korebrits (NSW/AUS)
CEO & Co-founder Dance Health Alliance
Inviting people to find Freedom Through Movement

Rachel O’Loughlin (NSW/AUS)
Paediatric Physiotherapist Eurobodalla Community Health Service
Dance of the Newborn; The Origins of Intentional Movement

Jo Clancy (NSW/AUS)
Director of the Wagana Aboriginal Dancers
Sum of our Ancestors

Janet Karin OAM (VIC/AUS)
Professional Associate, University of Canberra
Developing ballet students’ creativity through implicit learning and sensori-kinetic feedback.


Panel forum moderated by Caroline Baum, award winning author and journalist, with guest speaker Patron and Senior of the Year 2017, Prof. Graham Farquhar AO, Prof. Gene Moyle, Dr Christopher Knowlton and Vicky Malin

Liz Lea (ACT/AUS) DANscienCE Director, independent choreographer and performer Liz Lea is a performer, choreographer and producer based in Australia after 20 years in Europe, touring internationally. Her work has been commissioned in India, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and USA. Liz was the 2017 ACT Artist of the Year and won a 2017 Australian Dance Award for her direction of Great Sport! Liz runs two Festivals – DANscienCE where dance and science meet and BOLD, celebrating the legacy of dance. Her children’s show Reef UP! toured to 40 venues in late 2017. Her new one-woman show, RED, premiered in 2018 to critical acclaim. Liz is Program Curator for Ausdance ACT.

Professor Graham Farquhar (ACT/AUS) Patron Professor Graham Farquhar AO, FAA, FRS, NAS is the 2018 Senior Australian of the Year in recognition of his work in protecting food security in the world’s changing climate. He is a Fellow of The Australian Academy of Science, of the Royal Society of London, and ​a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He has over 300 research publications and is a leading Australian Citation Laureate. Graham was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in 2015, the Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture by the Australian Academy of Science in 2016 and the 2017 Kyoto Prize for Basic Sciences. In 1970 Graham founded the NUDE (National University Dance Ensemble) which became Canberra Dance Theatre in 1978. He danced with several companies around the world including Michigan State University and the Lansing Ballet. “The important point to note, however, is that as a dancer I made a wonderful biophysicist”.

Professor Gene Moyle (QLD/AUS) Head of School, School of Creative Practice, QUT, Creative Industries Faculty Professor Gene Moyle has worked across a dynamic mix of fields including the performing arts, elite sport and the corporate sectors. Following a brief career as a professional ballet dancer, Gene pursued further studies in psychology completing a Masters and Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology.  Her involvement in dance has included being a Lecturer in Performance Psychology, a Career Development Advisor for the SCOPE for Artists Programs, a regular contributor to DANCE Australia magazine, the Head of Student Health & Welfare at the Australian Ballet School, in addition to working in private practice with dance students, teachers, and professionals. Gene is an executive director and national committee member for a number of professional/advisory boards including the Queensland Ballet, Queensland Psychology Board, President of Ausdance National, and is currently the Head of School of Creative Practice at QUT. http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/moyleg/

Professor Kate Stevens (NSW/AUS) Director, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development Western Sydney University Cognitive scientist Catherine Stevens investigates the psychological processes in creating, perceiving, and performing music and dance. She is the author of more than 170 articles, book chapters, conference proceedings papers, and an e-book on creativity and cognition in contemporary dance. Kate is Editor-in-Chief of Music Perception (University of California Press), Professor in Psychology, and Director of MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University. https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/marcs http://katestevens.weebly.com @KateStevArtsSci

Dr Erica Rose Jeffrey (QLD/AUS) Director and lead teacher, Dance for Parkinson’s Australia Dr Erica Rose Jeffrey believes in the power of movement connected to positive social change. She has worked internationally as a performer, choreographer, educator and facilitator. The first dancer to be selected as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, she completed a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology focusing on dance and peace. A Director of Peace and Conflict Studies Institute Australia, she is engaged in peacebuilding projects internationally. She is the Director for Dance for Parkinson’s Australia and was instrumental in initiating and launching classes nationwide. www.peacemoves.org www.Danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org www.pacsia.com.au

Nadeesha Kalyani (QLD/AUS) PhD research student at Queensland University of Technology and physiotherapist Nadeesha Kalyani is a physiotherapy qualified academic. She is a lecturer in Physiotherapy attached to the Department of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her research interest is in Neurological Physiotherapy and Biomechanics. As a physiotherapist she has worked with a variety of patients with conditions including Parkinson’s disease, stroke and spinal cord injuries. Nadeesha is currently investigating The effects of Dance for Parkinson’s as a PhD candidate at Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at QUT.

Dr James Oldham (NSW/AUS) Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong. Senior Staff Specialist Psychiatrist | CAMHS Adolescent Inpatient Service & Adolescent Day Unit Dr James Oldham is the clinical lead psychiatrist in an adolescent inpatient metal health unit. He is an advocate for the use of movement and creative arts in treating mental health conditions. He is a student of yoga, Anna Halprin, Pilates, contact improvisation and tap dance. He works with a multidisciplinary team who use relax and release yoga, art therapy and sensory exploration in movement activities.

Dr Luke Hopper (WA/AUS) Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Edith Cowan University Perth Dr Luke Hopper is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and co-Director of the Dance Research Group at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Luke completed a PhD specialising in the biomechanics of dance and injury prevention at the University of Western Australia’s School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health in 2011. Luke’s work in dance science and performing arts health has involved several collaborations with international ballet companies such as the Birmingham Royal Ballet and with industry partners, Harlequin Floors. In his current position, Luke is developing a health education and research program for the performing arts using his specialised skills in biomechanical 3D motion capture facilities and in collaboration with the WAAPA staff and students.

Dr. Jeff Meiners (EdD) (SA/AUS) Lecturer, School of Education, University of South Australia. University of South Australia Jeff Meiners is a lecturer and researcher at the University of South Australia and has worked widely to support dance development. He directed movement for children’s theatre and works with arts and education organizations, dance companies and international projects. Jeff was Australia Council Dance Board’s Community Representative (2002-7), 2009 Australian Dance Award winner for Outstanding Services to Dance Education and dance writer for the new Australian curriculum, Arts Shape paper. Presentations include UNESCO’s World Conferences on Arts Education. Jeff’s doctoral research So we can dance? focuses on factors impacting upon an inclusive primary school dance curriculum.

Gwen Korebrits (NSW/AUS) CEO & Co-founder Dance Health Alliance Gwen started dancing at the age of three. She attended Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts, in the UK. After her dance career, Gwen developed a dance/movement program for the elderly which she has been running for the last fifteen years in Sydney. This program was specifically designed to help with coordination, balance, and movement. More recently she studied in The Netherlands with Andrew Greenwood, founder of Dance for Health, Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation and Switch 2 Move. Together they launched the Dance Health Alliance in Australia. The Dance Health Alliance facilitates and trains teachers in the Dancewise and Dancewell program all over Australia, helping people with functional limitations.

Vicky Malin (UK) Independent Dance Artist Vicky is a dance artist based in London, UK. She originally studied Theatre and Psychology (BA Hons) before training and performing with Candoco Dance Company from 2008-2014. Her practice encompasses making work, performing and teaching both independently and in collaboration with others. Vicky facilitates a wide range of inclusive creative projects with different ages, experiences and needs. She is currently mentoring an emerging dance company in the Ukraine as well as collaborating with artist Claire Cunningham. Vicky is a certified life coach and recently achieved a distinction in the MA Creative Practice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Independent Dance.

Rachel O’Loughlin (NSW/AUS) Paediatric Physiotherapist Eurobodalla Community Health Service Rachel has always danced, yet circumstances (breaking a leg) lead to her becoming a Physiotherapist as an initial career. She travelled the world with that skill, yet the drive to dance lead to her completing a BA in Dance at UWS Nepean in 1998. Rachel has completed research and engaged in the practice of conducting dance in aged care facilities. She continues to integrate knowledge from both Dance and Physiotherapy training. She has presented her research at numerous National conferences in both Arts and Health fields. She completed advanced “Dance for Parkinson’s” training. As a Physiotherapist, her current focus is paediatrics.

Dr Christopher Knowlton (USA) Manager of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago Dr Christopher Knowlton is a freelance movement artist and independent choreographer in Chicago. Since 2009, he has worked as a collaborative performer with numerous independent dance artists, including technology performance group ATOM-r/Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality, Erica Mott Productions, and Sildance/AcroDanza, among others. His own work, which ranges from dance, science education, comedy, storytelling, film, education and puppetry has been featured locally and internationally. In addition to performing Chris has a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago, is a published researcher of joint biomechanics and manages the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Rush University Medical Center.

Jo Clancy (NSW/AUS) Director of the Wagana Aboriginal Dancers Jo Clancy is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people of Western NSW. She was raised and still lives on Darug and Gundungurra country in the Blue Mountains with her family. Jo commenced her full-time dance training at NAISDA Dance College in 1990 and went on to Western Sydney University where she gained a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Over the past twenty-five years Jo has developed many Contemporary Aboriginal dance works and education projects for festivals and events throughout Australia and overseas. Jo is the founder and Director of the Wagana Aboriginal Dancers and teaches in schools and communities. She sits on the Board of Studies for NAISDA Dance College and coordinates their Create NSW Garabara Ngurra High School Dance Camp. Jo is also a peer mentor for Blakdance Australia’s national industry body for contemporary Indigenous dance.

Janet Karin OAM (VIC/AUS) Professional Associate, University of Canberra, VIC A former Principal Dancer of The Australian Ballet, Janet Karin trained many outstanding dancers. She served on the Australia Council Dance Committee and chaired the host consortium for the 2007 IADMS conference. Janet was IADMS President (2013-2015) and is now on the Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare Executive Committee. She received the Order of Australia Medal, 2014 Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance Education, and IADMS 2015 Dance Educator Award. Previously at the Australian Ballet School, Janet continues to explore neuro-motor learning research and the effect of imagery and sensory feedback on dancers’ health and performance.

Dr Shakeh Momartin (NSW/AUS) is a registered psychologist with the NSW Psychologists Registration Board. She has graduated with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sydney and also has completed qualifications as a Clinical Psychologist from Macquarie University. She has a wide diversity of clinical experience in areas of general psychopathology and extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of people from refugee backgrounds.  Her research and clinical work has involved undertaking detailed psychological assessments of mental health status and trauma experiences of refugees and asylum seekers of different cultural backgrounds. She is a regular reviewer for several international psychological and clinical journals. She is currently employed as a Senior Researcher and Clinical Psychologist at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).

Off Beat –  Dance for People with Parkinson’s, ACT Parkinson’s ACT, with Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre, present the OFFBEAT program specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s. Participants enjoy the fun and challenge of working their brain, body, memory and imagination in weekly sessions, and make many new friends in the process! Dancers are led through a carefully planned program of dance activities, and are taught by tutors Jane Ingall, Jacqui Simmonds and/or Philip Piggin, plus guest teachers from Australia and overseas. The program, now funded by ACT Health, has existed since 2013. It is based on the Dance for PD model initiated by the Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn, in 2001. The Dance for People with Parkinson’s program started as a single collaborative program between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group around 2001. Over the past 17 years, Dance for PD has pioneered an arts-based approach that is being adopted by dance companies and schools, Parkinson’s groups and healthcare organisations in more than 60 communities around the world.

The GOLDs Established in 2011 under the direction of Liz Lea, Philip Piggin and Jane Ingall, GOLD is Canberra Dance Theatre’s dance company for people 55 years and over. Members come from all walks of life. Some have danced since childhood, others started dancing when they joined GOLD. All appreciate the benefits of participating in regular classes, workshops and performances – from improved fitness to participating in a vibrant social group. GOLD has worked with nationally and internationally recognised choreographers and danced in highly acclaimed performances in Canberra’s cultural institutions. In 2016 they were featured in the Australian Dance Award winning Great Sport!, a site specific event at the National Museum of Australia, conceived and directed by Liz Lea.

Mestre Roxinho 
Leader of Capoeira Angola Project Bantu Project

The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors, (STARTTS), ‘Capoeira Angola Project Bantu’ program introduces the Afro-Brazilian art form of Capoeira Angola to students from refugee backgrounds in Western Sydney and the rest of NSW to build resilience, restore trust and facilitate positive social connections.

Capoeira Angola is a simulated combat between two players that uses an amalgamation of music, singing, dance, acrobatics and martial arts movements. Capoeira Angola was brought to STARTTS by Mestre Roxinho who has practiced the art for almost 40 years.

Mestre will bring a group of young people from Sierra Leone, South Sudan, South Africa, Brazil and Cook Islands to showcase the Roda de Capoeira Angola in DANscienCE Moving Well.  The ritual of Capoeira Angola, the Roda, is an Afro-Brazilian celebration still alive and practised today

Caroline Baum (Aus)

Caroline was a board member of FORM Dance Projects for 2 years.

As an arts journalist she has interviewed many of the leading figures in international dance including Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Sylvie Guillem, Lloyd Newson, Hofesh Shecter, Akram Khan. In 2011 she  co-curated the Sydney Opera House Spring Dance special event devoted to celebrating the work of  Pina Bausch.

Caroline is the author of ONLY: A Singular memoir, (Allen and Unwin 2017) a candid account of family, secrets, tragedy and  forgiveness. She has contributed to two non-fiction anthologies: My Mother, My Father: on losing a parent and Rebellious Daughters. In 2018 she became the inaugural  Reader-In-Residence at the State Library of NSW.

Zsuzsi Soboslay

Zsuzsi Soboslay is a theatre creator completing a PhD on ethics and performance. Publications include Performance Research Journal, Writings on Dance, and over 300 reviews across the arts for www.realtimearts.org.

Zsuzsi has worked on arts projects with disadvantaged groups in Australia and the UK, including refugees, people of profound and complex disabilities, and women called on as witnesses in the Royal Commission into Institutional Abuse.

Zsuzsi created L’Optimisme [for the NGA] on the life of Jane Avril—dancer at the Moulin Rouge, who suffered a movement disorder. Her immersive work, Anthems and Angels: The Compassion Plays, is being reconfigured throughout 2018-19.

Dr Garry Lester

Dr Garry Lester has a career as a teacher, performer, choreographer and academic, across Australia and internationally, spanning more than 40years. He has a PhD in dance history, criticism and analysis and an MA in Visual Arts.  Garry ran two tertiary dance programs (Deakin University – Rusden, and Western Sydney University) and has been a Fellow at both the National Film and Sound Archive and the State Library of NSW.

He was awarded the Marten Bequest and a NSW Premier’s Department Choreographic prize.  He has been published in national and international journals and books. Garry is committed to giving back to the profession through his work on various committees including Critical Path and Form Dance Projects.  He has also helped to frame the curricula for the VCE and HSC.

He is a proud Wonnarua man from the Hunter Valley and was the Indigenous Dance Officer for ArtBack NT.  He is currently seeking publication of his monograph Regarding Margaret Barr: a life in dance-drama.  A central concern of Margaret’s work championed the rights of all first nations people especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

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