ECR Day at Panpapanpalya: Joint Dance Congress 2018



Presented by the Early Career Researchers Community – Dance in partnership with daCi and WDA Global Education and Training Network.

Sunday 8 July 2018, 12:00 – 3:30pm | AU$20

University of South Australia


The ECR Day brought together postgraduate and early career dance researchers from across the globe for a networking and professional development event on the eve of Panpapanpalya: Joint Dance Congress 2018 . We heard from emerging dance researchers at varying stages of their careers in a friendly environment among fellow ECRs. The day included:

  • Welcome and ice-breakers that got us acquainted.
  • Panel: ‘Our Stories’ – A glimpse into researchers at various stages of their careers.
  • Workshop: ‘Creating Connections’ – Drawing from Dr Erica Rose Jeffrey’s experiences across varying contexts, this session explored ways of creating connections inside, outside and through academia for research and practice beyond the PhD.
  • Lunch!

At the conclusion of the ECR Day, attendees continued to the Opening Ceremony of Panpapanpalya 2018.


After the ECR Day, we invited some of the attendees to write reflections on their experiences of the event.

Alfdaniels Mabingo responded with ‘We need to talk’: The diverse voices and shared visions of early career dance researchers.

Peter Cook replied with What good can come from an Early Career Researcher Day… EVERYTHING!.


Rosemary Bennett (Australia)

Rosemary is a committed and experienced creative arts educator. She has brought a range of pedagogical and arts-based skills to the pre-service teacher education programs at a number of Australian tertiary institutions.  Rosemary has lectured across Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education along with contributions to graduate studies in Health and Wellbeing. However, her main area of expertise is in the creative arts, music and dance. She has been a dancer and musician and also held a number of community and course leadership positions in these areas including President of Ausdance in two Austalian states, National Dance Rep for ACHPER and Chief Examiner (Dance) developing and assessing pre-tertiary courses in South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. Building on a successful career as a teacher and curriculum advisor, Rosemary now lectures in a range of disciplines within the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia, . She has taught extensively in Singapore and she has strongly supported the development of the International Fieldwork Placement program in the Pacific region. Rosemary regularly presents at national and  international conferences, and her innovation in the creative arts and embodied pedagogy recently won her the Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Teaching, 2016. Her qualitative research, collaborative projects and recent publications address creativity through movement and dance, and she is currently completing a PhD in this field.

Dr Lucinda Coleman (Australia)

Lucinda Coleman is the Dance Maker for the Australian dance theatre collective, Remnant Dance, and a Doctor of Philosophy (performing arts), conferred by the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, in 2017. An experienced choreographer, performer and teacher, Coleman’s dance works have been performed throughout Australia and Asia, and since founding Remnant Dance (2010), have included performances for the Cancer Council, STRUT Dance, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Perth Fringeworld, charity organisations, and performances at theatre and community venues across Australia. As Remnant Dance Maker, Coleman has directed and produced over 20 arts productions within Vietnam, China, Myanmar and Australia.

Dr Erica Rose Jeffrey (USA/Australia)

Dr. Erica Rose Jeffrey believes in the power of movement connected to positive social change. She has worked internationally as a performer, choreographer, educator, and facilitator. The first dancer to be selected as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, she completed a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology focusing on dance and peace. A Director of Peace and Conflict Studies Institute Australia, she is engaged in peacebuilding projects internationally. She is the Director for Dance for Parkinson’s Australia and was instrumental in initiating and launching classes nationwide.

Alfdaniels Mabingo (Uganda/New Zealand)

Alfdaniels Mabingo is a dance researcher, scholar, performer, and an Afro-optimist from Uganda. A recipient of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship, Mabingo holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University, and an MA in Performing Arts and a BA Dance degree, both from Makerere University in Uganda. He is currently pursuing PhD in Dance Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Mabingo’s doctoral thesis probes how pedagogies of African dances and the Ubuntu philosophy congregate to cultivate interculturalism and inter-ethnicism in multiethnic Uganda. He has taught dance courses at Makerere University, New York University, University of Auckland, and Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. Mabingo has also published more than 10 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and book chapters.

Tia Reihana-Morunga (New Zealand)

Tia Reihana-Morunga (Ngāti Hine) is a freelance dancer and choreographer. Her most recent work Mareikura was performed at the Auckland Tempo Dance Festival. Tia has also been a secondary school dance teacher for 15 years working creatively in Australia, United Kingdom and Aotearoa, New Zealand. Currently a professional teaching fellow at the University of Auckland lecturing in dance education, history, and Contemporary Māori Performance, Tia works extensively in Indigenous Arts education. Tia is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland. Her current research interests and publications explore community and formal sites of arts education informed by Indigenous ways of knowing and doing.


The Early Career Researchers Community – Dance (ECR Community) is an international peer-to-peer network for people who identify as emerging dance researchers, including research students and recent graduates.

Contact Anja Ali-Haapala & Sarah Knox the ECR Community Co-chairs and fellow ECRs at ecrcdance (at)


Panpapanpalya: Joint Dance Congress 2018 will be one of the world’s largest gatherings of dancers, dance educators, and artists of all ages, generating new thoughts and ideas for dance learning and teaching in the 21st century.