Dance North

School of Arts Building
Cnr of Stanley & Walker St

t 07 4772 2549
f 07 4721 3014

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The Early Years
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The history - The Professional Years

Founder of Dance North, Ann Roberts OAM FRAD

Cheryl Stock - the first Artistic Director of dancenorth

  • The company becomes fully professional and changes its name to Dance North.
  • First Artistic Director is Cheryl Stock.
  • Company changes direction completely to become a contemporary dance instituting a policy of all new Australian works
  • Implemented touring in an integrated residency format, spending extended periods in all towns visited, undertaking three different "in-theatre" programmes for primary schools, secondary schools, and evening audiences, as well as teaching workshops and master classes to a variety of community groups.
  • Over the next 10 years the company achieved national and international recognition, touring extensively throughout Australia and South East Asia (Thailand, Laos, Burma and Vietnam).
  • Wendy Wallace takes over in 1995 as Acting Artistic Director and Graeme Watson spends a year as Artistic Director in 1996.
  • Jane Pirani, daughter of the founder, becomes the fourth Artistic Director in 1997.
  • During the next seven years, the company tours to China and Japan as well as regularly performing in regional North Queensland.
  • In 1998, Jane choreographs Luuli – a unique and rich collaboration between the company and Woomera Aboriginal Corporation which fuses traditional Aboriginal dance with contemporary western dance, which is seen by more than 30,000 people around Australia over next couple of years.
  • The company participates actively in many community events in Townsville.
  • In May 2005 Gavin Webber is appointed the fifth artistic director of the company.