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ECU graduate nominated for prestigious dance award

Friday, 29 October 2010


Congratulations to ECU primary teaching graduate from the Faculty of Education and Arts, Ms Joanne McDonnell who was recently announced as a finalist in the 2010 WA Dance Awards.

The Dance Awards are an initiative of Ausdance WA, and aim to support and recognise dancers throughout the state who have achieved excellence in their field, with nominees including renowned choreographer Chrissie Parrott and dancers Sue Peacock and Sergey Pevnev.

Joanne is one of three nominees in the Outstanding Achievement in Teaching category, which recognises those who excel in teaching aspiring young dancers.

An established Irish dancer, Ms McDonnell graduated in 2005 and has established her own dance and talent management companies and holds a full time position as a dance teacher in Mandurah.

She also teaches talented dance students from local high schools, has established a primary school dance program and developed the successful Peel Performing Arts Spectacular; Eyes on Tomorrow which attracted over 400 participants from local schools and an audience of over 1,400 people.

Joanne is thrilled to be nominated for the awards, which recognise her passion and commitment to teaching dance to future generations.

“Dance brings people together, teaches them how to be themselves and develops social skills and strategies for creating positive energy.

“Dance is one of the earliest forms of art and still teaches me so much about myself and others,” said Ms McDonnell.

Dean of ECU’s Faculty of Regional Professional Studies, Mr Robert Irvine, congratulates Joanne on her nomination.

“Joanne is a wonderful example of how ECU graduates bring with them a range of flexible skills that are applicable in many situations and can lead to exceptionally successful careers.”

For more information on the awards, visit the Ausdance WA website.


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