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ali_eastSenior Teaching Fellow
DipPE (Otago) MPhEd (Otago)
Tel 64 3 479 8980
Email ali.east@otago.ac.nz

Background

Alison East (MPHED Otago) is a teacher and choreographer with more than forty years experience. After graduating from The University of Otago in Physical Education under Professor Smithells, she led the dance programme for two years before leaving to study dance in Seattle, USA. Returning to Aotearoa in 1978, she established Origins Dance Theatre (New Zealand's first company of both dancers and musicians, whose thematic concerns were largely eco-political and, who have performed and taught throughout New Zealand.

In 1989 Ali established the first National Diploma of Contemporary Dance, (Now the BA of Performing and Screen Arts in Dance, at Unitec, Auckland) which she directed for eight years.

Ali is a founding member of the National Tertiary Dance Educators Network of Aotearoa, NZ. She is a member of the Board of Studies for the BA in Performing Arts, Music, OU.

She has presented at The International Society of Dance History Scholars conference (Albuquerque, 1999), The New Zealand Dance Research Forum (Waikato UV,2001 and Unitec 2004), at several NDEO National Dance Educators Conferences in USA, and has been guest lecturer at University of North Carolina , USA, the University of Surrey, UK , Dartington Hall, UK.. and Folkland Institute, South India.

Ali is still a practicing artist whose work 'Anima'(2005), a video dance film exploring the human body in and as part of nature, has been shown internationally. She co-ordinates the annual Shared Agendas Cross-disciplinary Improvised Performances at OU (now in their nineteenth year).

Teaching

Research

Alison's broad research interests lie within the area of teaching choreographic practice and process. Her current research explores the links between dance education and practice and ecological Philosophy (the development of an eco-choreography pedagogy). Related to this theme is a strong interest in collaborative performance, trans-disciplinary research within the university and situated learning.

Her major teaching areas include: Dance Fundamentals (comparative somatic practices); Contemporary choreography-History and practice; Dance and Community; and Dance Ethnography.

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Publications

East, A. (2016). Rehearsing democracy: Enhancing community through the interdisciplinary performance improvisation series ‘Shared Agendas’. Dance Research Aotearoa, 4(1), 171-187. doi: 10.15663%2Fdra.v4i1

East, A., & Lavender, L. (2017). 'After dance...?' A critical dialogue on possibilities for the un-disciplining of dance. Dance Research Aotearoa, 5, 71-97. doi: 10.15663%2Fdra.v5i1.72

East, A. (2011). Teaching dance as if the world matters: Eco-choreography: A design for teaching dance-making in the 21st century. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic, 236p.

East, A. (2011). The role of dance studies in a transdisciplinary university research environment. Brolga, 35, 49-56.

East, A. (2007). Interweaving philosophies of dance teaching and dance-making: What can one practice teach the other? Waikato Journal of Education, 13, 123-138.

Performance

East, A. (dancer), Kolb, A. (dancer), Burns, R. (bass), Coleman, T. (trumpet & piano), Cornish, N. (saxophone), Bendrups, D. (trombone), Chapman, I. (performer), Harrison, D. (performer), & Huber, R. (actor) (2007, 10 May). Shared Agendas: Tenth Anniversary Performance, Allen Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

East, A. (performer), Kolb, A. (performer), Burns, R. (performer), Coleman, T. (performer), & Chapman, I. (performer) (2006, July). Shared Agendas, Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Film/Video/CD Rom

East, A. (coordinator, script writer, narrator) (2009). Understanding identity through transcultural dance education: A journey to Kerala, South India [Film]. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago.

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Authored Book - Research

East, A. (2011). Teaching dance as if the world matters: Eco-choreography: A design for teaching dance-making in the 21st century. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic, 236p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

East, A. (2009). Lycra leotards, legwarmers, and 'this will last forever!'. In I. Chapman (Ed.), Glory days: From gumboots to platforms. (pp. 89-93). Auckland, New Zealand: Harper Collins.

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Journal - Research Article

East, A., & Lavender, L. (2017). 'After dance...?' A critical dialogue on possibilities for the un-disciplining of dance. Dance Research Aotearoa, 5, 71-97. doi: 10.15663%2Fdra.v5i1.72

East, A. (2016). Rehearsing democracy: Enhancing community through the interdisciplinary performance improvisation series ‘Shared Agendas’. Dance Research Aotearoa, 4(1), 171-187. doi: 10.15663%2Fdra.v4i1

East, A. (2011). The role of dance studies in a transdisciplinary university research environment. Brolga, 35, 49-56.

East, A. (2007). Interweaving philosophies of dance teaching and dance-making: What can one practice teach the other? Waikato Journal of Education, 13, 123-138.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

East, A., & Rajendren, B. (2009). Trans-locational dance study: The educational efficacy and outcomes of a field trip from the University of Otago, New Zealand to South India. In A. Goswami, U. Sarkar, A. Ghosh, S. Saha, S. Sahai & R. Sharma (Eds.), Proceedings of the Dance Research International Conference: Re-searching Dance. (pp. 25-30). New Delhi, India: India International Centre. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

East, A. (2008). Understanding identity through trans-cultural dance education: An account of a community dance student field trip from New Zealand to India. In C. Bond & R. Spronken-Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching at Otago Conference. (pp. 10). Dunedin, New Zealand: HEDC, University of Otago. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

East, A. (2010, June). Transdisciplinary research possibilities for dance studies in the university. Verbal presentation at the International Dance Symposium: Dancing Across the Disciplines, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Awarded Masters Degree

East, A. (2006). Teaching dance as if the world matters: Eco-choreography: A design for teaching dance-making in the 21st century (MPhEd). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. 242p.

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