Delving into Dance
photo provided by Cheryl Stock Associate Professor Cheryl Stock PhD AM, has had a diverse and influential career with the common theme of dance running throughout. Cheryl has worked as a dancer, choreographer, academic, teacher and advocate. Cheryl has created over 50 dance works and has been a pioneer in collaborative exchanges with Asia, of particular note is her work in Vietnam. This resulted in her PhD, Making intercultural dance in Vietnam. Cheryl has choreographed for Australian...
Archivial Photo by Shirley McKechnie Shirley McKechnie’s influence on Australian Dance is extraordinary. Shirley trained with Daisy Purnitzer, a former member of Gertrude Bodenweiser's Company. In 1963, Shirley founded the Contemporary Dance Theatre of Melbourne. After traveling abroad on a trip funded by the Theatre Board of the Australia Council, Shirley returned, founded and directed the first degree course for dance studies at Rusden College (now Deakin University), in 1975. She...
Elizabeth Cameron Dalman
credit: Fieldworks.JPG Elizabeth Cameron Dalman has frequently been described as the high priestess of Australian dance. Elizabeth trained in both classical ballet and modern dance with Nora Stewart, later obtaining a Masters of Creative Arts degree from University of Wollongong. Elizabeth left Australia in 1957, continuing her studies in Europe, London and New York. She studied with Martha Graham, James Truitte, Murray Louis and Alwin Nikilais. In 1965, Elizabeth founded the Australian...
credit archival documentation courtesy of Eleo Pomare Productions Carole Johnsons legacy is incredible. Carole grew up in Philadelphia, USA where she discovered her love for dance. She trained in ballet under Sydney Gibson King and later with British choreographer Antony Tudor. Carole graduated from the Juilliard School in New York in 1963. In 1966, Carole joined the Eleo Pomare Dance Company, as a dancer and an important advocate for African-American dance. Carole has danced in works...
Shelley Lasica about Margaret Lasica
This interview is with Shelley Lasica, daughter of pioneering Melbourne dance choreographer and teacher, Margaret Lasica (1926-1993). Shelley herself is an amazing contributor to the performing arts scene as a successful choreographer and performer. Born in Vienna, Margret migrated to Australia with her family in 1939. During the 1940s, Margaret studied with Ruth Bergner. Bergner’s work had a political and social undercurrent, drawing upon European and Jewish dance traditions to create...
Joshua Pether is a Perth based dancer, who frequently travels to the East Coast to perform and develop performances. A descendant of the Kalkadoon people, Joshua grew up in Mt Isa, spending many years living on an enormous cattle station. He started dance at a young age but gave it up as a teenager, shifting gears and training as a pharmacist. However, like any passion, eventually Joshua rediscovered and reconnected with dance later. Joshua also identifies as a dancer with a...