Christina Shepard


Christina Shepard 1994Christina grew up in New Zealand, and as a young girl and teenager was actively involved in gymnastics.  She only began her formal dance training at seventeen when she began studying classical ballet and modern technique in Christchurch.  Christina continued with dance classes for five years and then went on to teach the younger students at Christine MacDonald’s School of Dance.  Christina studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Canterbury taking a particular interest in American and Soviet political theory and history.

Having decided upon dance as a career, Christina chose the Victorian College of the Arts as the most suitable tertiary institution to pursue her studies.  When a student, Christina was involved in several choreographic projects which enabled her to he a part of the film documentary Australia Dances, perform as part of the Spoleto Fringe Festival in 1898 and the Melbourne Fringe Festival in both 1990 and 1991.

Christina joined the Meryl Tankard Company and took part in “China Tour 1991” performing with the company in Shanghai as part of the Australian Artist’ Festival and in Beijing.  This tour was sponsored by the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

Later in 1991, back in Melbourne, Christina co-ordinated L’ego, a season of contemporary dance which was part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.  As well. Christina choreographed and performed in Locked in a Box  as part of the Fringe dance program.

Christina joined Tasdance in May 1993 and enjoyed the opportunities the company offered to perform, choreograph and work with young people.