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Dr Olivia Millard



Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Comm & Creative Arts


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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Practising sameness: Inside a long-term dance improvisation practice

Olivia Millard, Ashlee Barton

(2023), Vol. 15, pp. 93-105, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Bristol, Eng., C1

journal article

The feasibility and acceptability of AllPlay Dance for autistic children: A pilot randomised controlled trial

E Lindor, O Millard, N Papadopoulos, B Devenish, S Bellows, A Mantilla, J McGillivray, N Rinehart

(2023), Vol. 109, pp. 1-12, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Each Time

Olivia Millard

(2023), The Bill, JL3

Non-Traditional Research Output

The Body as it is Discovered in the Present

Olivia Millard

(2022), Coburg Train Station, Melbourne, JL3

Non-Traditional Research Output

Teaching the Dance Subject in Australian High Schools

S Gardner, O Millard

(2021), Vol. 21, pp. 103-113, Journal of Dance Education, C1

journal article

AllPlay Dance: Two Pilot Dance Projects for Children With Disability, Developed and Assessed With a Dance Studies Approach

O Millard, E Lindor, N Papadopoulos, C Sivaratnam, J McGillivray, N Rinehart

(2021), Vol. 12, Frontiers in Psychology, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Dance as a social practice

Olivia Millard

(2020), Vol. 17, pp. 335-349, Idea journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Don't Look Look Now

Rosemary Woodcock, Olivia Millard, Shaun McLeod, Dario Dacirca

(2019), Palazzo Bembo, Venice, JR3

Non-Traditional Research Output

Still Point

Olivia Millard, Lyn Mc Credden, Shaun McLeod, Victor Renolds

(2019), RMIT Gallery, JR1

Non-Traditional Research Output

'Sightings'. About now at Treatment 2: flightlines

O Millard, S McLeod, A Barton

(2017), Werribee, Vic., J1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Temporal Calls

S McLeod, O Millard, P Fraser

(2017), Birdsland Reserve, Dandenong Ranges, J2

Non-Traditional Research Output

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

Non-Traditional Research Output

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

Non-Traditional Research Output

AllPlay Dance: Dance for Children with Disabilities

Olivia Millard

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Non-Traditional Research Output

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

AllPlay Dance: Professional Development for Community Dance Teachers to enable the participation of children with disabilities.

Dr Olivia Millard

City of Greater Geelong - Creative Communities Grants

  • 2021: $9,300

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

The Grace and Emilio Foundation

  • 2020: $20,000
  • 2019: $20,000

AllPlay Dance

Dr Olivia Millard

Mecca Brands Pty Ltd

  • 2023: $20,000


Principal Supervisor

Sarah Neville Thomas

Thesis entitled: Immersive Participation: Futuring, Training Simulation and Dance and Virtual Reality

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts

Associate Supervisor

Ashlee Barton

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

Master of Arts, School of Communication and Creative Arts