Sandra Parker


Sandra Parker 1994

A graduate of Victoria College (Rusden Campus) Sandra's early training was in Cecchetti classical ballet. At Rusden she completed major studies in Drama and a double major in Dance. Sandra joined Tasdance as a Teacher/Dancer soon after graduating at the end of 1985. A dancer with Tasdance from 1985 to 1988, she has also choreographed Aquarium in 1988, Caught in the Act in 1989, Physical Affairs in 1990, Maximum Mobility in 1992, Matter of History 1993 and 50 Gestures in 1999 for Tasdance's Obsession season.

At the end of 1988 Sandra spent six months in New York on study leave. In New York she studied with Irene Dowd, a neuromuscular trainer and with Randy Warshaw a former member of the Trisha Brown Company. In 1989 she went on to perform with the Independent Dance Artists in Melbourne and Sydney in a season entitled Reeling. She also performed with Dance Works in As The Crow Flies. Sandra returned to New York on a travel/study grant awarded by the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council where she spent five months as a scholarship student with the Trisha Brown Company.

Since returning to Australia in 1990 she has created a body of work in different contexts; tertiary institutions, companies and independent projects. Including the highly successful film and dance production in absentia, created with film maker Margie Medlin. Sandra has taught or choreographed at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, the Victorian College for the Arts, WA based company 2 Dance Plus and Dance Works. 1992 she developed a solo program with assistance from the Australia Council Creative Development Grant. She choreographed another performance project in 1993, Temporal, with dance solo artist Shelley Lasica, assisted by a Performance Project Grant from the Australia Council. Sandra was the Artistic Director of Melbourne's Dance Works from 1998 to 2006.