MS Anna Smith

MS Anna Smith

Positions

Overview

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  • Anna is a practicing choreographer, educator and community artist. A graduate from Victoria College Rusden (Bachelor of Education in Dance and Drama) and the Victorian College of the Arts (Master of Choreography) Anna danced for Tasdance and for independent dance makers in Canada. Associate Researcher on two research projects both funded by an ARC Linkage Grant between University of Melbourne, Ausdance and University of Western Sydney, Marcs Auditory Laboratories, she created two major works whose process and outcome have been widely analyzed, spoken to and written about in research journals, E. books and at conferences. As an educator, Anna’s diverse experience and continued practice has extended across the higher education and professional arts sectors teaching at VCA, Box Hill TAFE, Victoria University Rusden and guest teaching at Queensland University of Technology, WA Academy of the Arts, Deakin University, Regional Arts Victoria, Studio 303 (Montreal, Canada), choreographic studios in Newfoundland, Canada, and as personal dance coach to a Canadian Olympic Figure Skating pair. She has been a regular guest teacher, choreographer and rehearsal director for Tasdance. From 2005 to 2010 Anna directed aka dance, producing dance in education performances touring metropolitan and country Victoria (2005 – 2006) and was a VCE Dance specialist (2007 -2010) for Regional Arts Victoria’s Arts2Go program. Anna has directed a number of highly successful large-scale community dance projects tackling environmental issues. Anna has also enjoyed critical success, with two Green Room Awards for choreographic works Red Rain (1999), Quiesence (2001) and Spun by a Thread (2001) and singled out by Alan Brissenden as a “choreographer who will lead us into the twentieth century” (The Australian 1st Jan 2000). Her works have been presented in Canada, USA, France, Malaysia and China as well as throughout Australia.    

Affiliation

Member of

  • Ausdance Victoria. Peak Body for Professional Dance in Australia. Board Member 2002 - 2005

Awards

Education and training

  • MA, University of Melbourne 1998
  • GD, University of Melbourne 1994
  • B.ED, Victoria University of Technology 1987

Awards and honors

  • The Betty Pounder Award for Original Choreography, Green Room Awards Association, 2001