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Ms Nanette Hassall AM

Nanette is the Head of the Dance Department at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.


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.

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