Meeting – Australian Dance Studies Network

Panel – 2 sessions

Convened by Erin Brannigan with Lisa Synnott and Lexy Panetta


Australian Dance Studies Network

Australia has a history of dance research events, primarily a series of Greenmill events hosted by Ausdance, but there has been no inclusive and focused occasion to share research in this field since the early 2000s. 2 X 90min meetings across 2 days of the conference will support a stocktake of Australian dance studies and provide networking opportunities for Australian academics and artist-researchers working in this field. Beginning with short reports on members’ current research, the 2nd session will look ahead, planning activities in response to the members’ interests.

This meeting is open to anyone who would like to register with Lisa Synnott ( or Lexy Panetta ( and planning is being managed via a google email group. There will be minimal preparation.

Convenor: Dr Erin Brannigan (UNSW)

Dr. Erin Brannigan is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the University of New South Wales and works as a writer, academic and curator. Erin wrote on dance for RealTime 1997-2018, and her academic publications include Moving Across Disciplines: Dance in the Twenty-First Century (Sydney: Currency House, 2010), Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) and Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers, co-edited with Virginia Baxter (Kent Town: Wakefield Press, 2014). She has published articles in journals such as Senses of Cinema, Writings on Dance, Brolga, Dance Research Journal, Performance Paradigm, Performance Philosophy, Broadsheet, Runway and International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, alongside several book chapters. Her current research projects are Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum (a partnership with AGNSW, NGV, Tate UK and MUMA), New Paradigms for Performance Pedagogies (a pedagogical project with Dr. Bryoni Trezise) and Dancing Sydney : Mapping Movement : Performing Histories (an archival project with Dr. Julie-Anne Long and Dr. Amanda Card). 

Alexandria (Lexy) Panetta is a Sydney based dancer, choreographer and educator. She has worked independently collaborating in choreographic projects with choreographers, musicians and designers. She has completed DAIR programs with Ausdance NSW and was awarded an international artistic residency in Berlin, where she performed her work and collaborations in the Berlin Performance Festival(2016). Lexy attended the University of NSW, completing her BA Arts, Dance, BA Education in 2014. She completed her BA Arts and Social Sciences Honours in Dance Studies in 2015, producing research on improvisation and the filmic apparatus. She is currently completing her Master of Philosophy in Creative Practice at UNSW, pursuing her focus on improvisational research and dance studies in education. Lexy works extensively within the dance education sector, working for the Department of Education, The Arts Unit and TAFE NSW. Lexy is a Teaching Artist for the Sydney Dance Company, touring Australia annually. She teaches repertoire, contemporary technique and creative workshops in both educational and open class settings. She has also taught for the Sydney Dance Company PPY program, youth ensemble programs and the SDC extensive dance collaboration for the Macdonald College.  

Lisa Synnott is a contemporary dance artist and received three Australian Dance nominations for “Best performance by a female dancer.” (Sydney) her performance career includes Chunky Move, Sue Healey, Prue Lang, Meryl Tankard, Leigh Warren and Dancers (from 2005) performing work by William Forsythe and Jirri Kylian. Lisa performed Tanja Liedtke’s Twelfth Floor and Liedtke’s role for Construct nationally (2009) and was a part of the Swiss Coaching Project (Carolyn Carlson, Zurich). Lisa created Element for Dance Forum Taipei Company (Asialink). Her work Side to One (2010) received an Australian Dance Award nomination and an Adelaide Critic’s Circle Award. Lisa created First Form (2015) for Sydney Dance Company (PPY). Her teaching roles include tutor with Australian College of Physical Education, UNSW’s Dance Major (2015-17) Ngee Ann Polytechnic University (Singapore) and TNUA (Taiwan), Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra. Lisa is a choreographer for Powerhouse Youth Theatre and is a current PhD candidate, UNSW.