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Lifetime achievement for Nan

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

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WAAPA’s Nanette Hassall will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Australian Dance Awards for her role in shaping the Australian dance industry.  

With more than 40 years experience, Ms Hassall has had an international career as a choreographer, performer, director and teacher.  She is currently the Head of WAAPA’s Dance Department.

Ms Hassall has worked with international dance companies, including the Merce Cunningham Company and Richard Alston’s Strider Company in London.

Upon returning to Australia in 1976, Ms Hassall joined with Richard Dumas to form Dance Exchange – together they undertook some of the earliest dance research in Australia.

Also the founder of Danceworks in Melbourne, Ms Hassall has choreographed over 40 works and continues to train nurture and employ young dancers who are making their mark in both Australia and overseas.

“Ms Hassall is a leader in her field and an absolute asset to the team here at WAAPA,” WAAPA Director Professor Julie Warn said.

“On behalf of everyone at Edith Cowan University I congratulate her on this outstanding achievement and thank her for her ongoing work as she trains future generations.”

Ms Hassall will receive the award at the Australian Dance Awards ceremony on Saturday, 1 September at the Heath Ledger State Theatre.

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

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