Avril has been performing as a contemporary dance artist for over 20 years. Her diverse dance career comprises performing, producing, establishing and curating independent performance venues, tour management, and teaching.
Avril is a qualified level 2 STOTT Pilates instructor and Feldenkrais Practitioner. She has taught dance technique, creative movement, Pilates and the Feldenkrais Method for community groups, amateur dance groups, private dance schools and professional dance organisations. Avril has taught dance across the three tiers of the Australian education system, writing and implementing curriculum, creating and delivering workshops for dance students, and designing and leading dance teacher in-services and professional development opportunities. Her approach to dance pedagogy and curriculum incorporates her extensive theoretical and embodied knowledge with her professional dance experience.
Avril’s research focus is centred on the performers experience within all aspects of dance: creation, instruction, education, and performance. Recent and current research topics include training for transition into university dance programs; pre-service dance teacher training and final year transition programs involving mentoring programs with industry and service learning models; approaches to Dietetics, Exercise Physiology and Dance Teaching; teacher-artist training; somatics and contemporary dance training; and communication processes and practices within the dance studio.
Avril is actively involved in the professional dance industry, maintaining a diverse performance portfolio. These activities occur concurrently with her work at QUT and positively enhance her teaching, curricular development and research; facilitating the exchange and integration of current ideas, trends and practice.
Avril was a recipient of a 2009 ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.