Dr Olivia Millard



Lecturer in Art and Performance


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2013
Bachelor of Arts, Deakin University, 2009


For the past 25 years, Olivia has worked as a performer, maker and lecturer of dance. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992, Olivia performed with companies and independent choreographers/directors in Australia and overseas including Rosalind Crisp, Sue Peacock, and Peter Sellars (Salzburg Festival). Olivia has created over 20 dance works, both funded and commissioned, including for the Asian Young Choreographers Project in Kaohsuing, Taiwan, and was the recipient of a Creative Development Fellowship from Arts WA in 2003. Olivia taught at WAAPA, Perth from 1999-2006 and has taught dance at Deakin University since 2007. Olivia’s PhD, from Deakin University was conferred in April 2013. Research interests include improvisation in dance performance, site based performance and dance installation. Olivia works as part of the Deakin University AllPlay Dance program which is undertaking research into the benefits of dance for children with disabilities. 

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Teaching interests

Dance Technique, Dance Composition, Experiential Anatomy, Dance Production, Dance History, Creative Practice Studio, Creative Practice Research

Units taught

ACA100, ACA101, ACD307, ACD308, ACD309, ACD310, ACA701, ACA401, ACA702

Knowledge areas

Dance, Performance, Dance Improvisation, Dance for children with disabilities


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Teaching the Dance Subject in Australian High Schools

S Gardner, O Millard

(2020), Journal of Dance Education, C1

journal article

AllPlay Dance: Li Cunxin masterclass

Olivia Millard

(2018), Proceedings of the AllPlay Dance Li Cunxin Masterclass, Burwood, Vic., J2


'Sightings'. About now at Treatment 2: flightlines

O Millard, S McLeod, A Barton

(2017), Werribee, Vic., J1


Temporal Calls

S McLeod, O Millard, P Fraser

(2017), Birdsland Reserve, Dandenong Ranges, J2


What's the score? Using scores in dance improvisation

O Millard

(2015), Vol. 40, pp. 45-56, Brolga: an Australian journal about dance, Braddon, A.C.T., C1-1

journal article

Now Again

S McLeod, O Millard, P Fraser, V Renolds

(2015), Melbourne, J2


Dancing habitus: the formation of a group (dance)

O Millard

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 1-11, Brolga, Braddon, ACT, C1

journal article

Clock it

D Wells, M Havir, S McLeod

(2013), The Substation, J1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

The Grace & Emilio Foundation supporting the AllPlay Dance program.

Prof Nicole Rinehart, Prof Jane McGillivray, Dr Ebony Lindor, Dr Olivia Millard, Dr Shaun McLeod, Ms Nicole Papadopoulos

  • 2020: $20,000
  • 2019: $20,000


Associate Supervisor

Ashlee Barton

Thesis entitled: Dancing in and out of time: noticing the present through repetition

Master of Arts, School of Communication & Creative Arts