Staff profile - Sally Gardner

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Dr Sally Gardner

Position: Senior Lecturer
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Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: P4.09, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17351 +61 3 925 17351



I studied and danced with key artists in the vital period of the 1970s and '90s in London (Dancework), New York (Robert Kovich and Dancers, Sara and Jerry Pearson, and Judith Moss and dancers), Sydney (Russell Dumas's Dance Exchange) and Melbourne (Dance Works). I am a widely published dance commentator and am co-editor of the journal Writings on Dance. My research interests extend from philosophy of the body, through modern and post-modern dance to Indian and Indonesian dance cultures.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2005


  • Member Congress on Research in Dance (CORD).
  • Chair and co-ediotr Writings on Dance Incorporated
  • Member Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association
  • Editorial Committee Writing Past Colonialism book series, Institute of Postcolonial Studies;
  • Member Global Reconciliation Network.


Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are in the areas of dance composition, drawing particularly on the avant garde of the 1960s known as post-modern dance. I also teach the bodywork fundamentals that support and develop dancers kinaesthetic imagination.

I supervise Dance Internships, Honours and Masters and PhD candidates.

Student supervision

Dr Sela Kiek: 'Dancing the building'

Dr Olivia Millard: 'From Score to Work'


Research interests

My research interests lie in the area of dancing experience and action, modern/post-modern and contemporary dance concepts, values and processes, philosophy of the body, and the historically and culturally specific modes of dance training.

I bring these concerns to bear on projects that investigate contemporary dance practices in Australia, the United States and Asian, especially India and Indonesia, and in thinking  across the conventional division between Western and non-Western, modern and traditional practices. I am also involved in projects that explore the relation between dancing experience and dance aesthetics and between dance and other arts.

Research groups

I am a member of the 'Flows and Catchments' research group.

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