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Ms Nanette Hassall AM

Head of Dance Department

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6407, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML1.238
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6407
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML1.238  



Nanette Hassall has performed taught and choreographed in both Australia and overseas.

Graduating from the Juillard School in New York she joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company touring extensively in the USA and Europe.

She performed, taught and choreographed for major companies in both Europe and Australia before founding and directing Danceworks, a full-time professional dance company in Melbourne between 1983 and 1990.

Nanette has choreographed over forty works. She is currently the Head of the Dance Department at the W.A. Academy of Performing Arts, a position she was appointed to in 1995.

Nanette has emphasised international performance and exchanges as head of the department, students performing in Korea, Germany, Malaysia and Hong Kong amongst others.

As a dance advocate Nanette has been a member of the Australia Council and its Dance Board. She has also been chair of the Creation and Presentation Network of the World Dance Alliance and chair of the Tertiary Dance Council of Australia. She was recognised nationally through two Australian Dance Awards, for her Services to Dance Education in 2002 and for Lifetime Achievement in 2012. Nanette was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013.


  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Edith Cowan University, 2013.
  • Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training, TAFE WA, 2006.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1993.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Melbourne, 1979.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance), United States of America, 1971.


Recent Research Grants

  • AusStage, Phase 5: Australian Live Performance and the World - Global Networks, National Culture, Aesthetic Transmission,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2014 - 2016,  $61,067.
  • AusStage Phase 4: Harnessing Collective Intelligence and Pioneering New Visual Methodologies for Innovative Research into Australian Live Performance,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2009 - 2012,  $969,147.
  • Dancing Between Diversity and Consistency: Evaluating Assessment in Postgraduate Studies in Dance,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Grant (pre-2013),  2006 - 2008,  $150,164.
  • AusStage: Gateway to Australian live performance phase 3 - enhancing collaborative research methodologies through digital networking technologies,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2007 - 2008,  $15,000.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Reinvention Of Tradition: Transformation Of Chinese Water Sleeve Dance And Tai Ji In Contemporary Performer Training And Performance Making
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