Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


It's no mystery that our genetic make-up plays an integral part in the outcome of our lives, but to what extent exactly are our personalities, relationships and experiences pre-determined by this genetic code? There are two forces that contribute to the outcome of these aspects of our lives. Genetics and Environment. The significance of the environment, i.e., our upbringing, lifestyle and the world around us is often emphasized by psychologists as the more dominant force, however our genes are just as, if not more, influential on our lives. My choreographic process is directly in relation to the group of artists involved. It's impossible for me to solely have one successful process unless consistently working with the same group of dancers/artists and even then each time will be different with different problems. My research has intentionally consisted of three quite different processes, working with Link Dance Company, First year WAAPA dance students and, the most challenging of all, choreographing on myself and one other dancer for a public performance. I created three pieces throughout the year. The first entitled, 'Upshot' where I worked with the first year Bachelor of Arts (Dance) students, the second, 'Of A Kind' with Link Dance Company for the Prague Dance Festival and lastly, 'No Right Angles', where I worked with an independent dancer, Bernadette Lewis.