Personal details

Ms Avril Huddy
Lecturer in Dance
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Discipline *
Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
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Identifiers and profiles

Graduate Diploma in Dance Instruction (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Arts (Dance) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Board Member – Ausdance QLD
  • Board Member – Australian Feldenkrais Guild QLD Division
  • Past Secretary – Ausdance QLD
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Avril has been performing as a contemporary dance artist for over 20 years.  Her diverse dance career comprises performing, producing, establishing and curating independent performance venues, tour management, and teaching.

Avril is a qualified level 2 STOTT Pilates instructor and Feldenkrais Practitioner. She has taught dance technique, creative movement, Pilates and the Feldenkrais Method for community groups, amateur dance groups, private dance schools and professional dance organisations. Avril has taught dance across the three tiers of the Australian education system, writing and implementing curriculum, creating and delivering workshops for dance students, and designing and leading dance teacher in-services and professional development opportunities. Her approach to dance pedagogy and curriculum incorporates her extensive theoretical and embodied knowledge with her professional dance experience.

Avril’s research focus is centred on the performers experience within all aspects of dance: creation, instruction, education, and performance. Recent and current research topics include training for transition into university dance programs; pre-service dance teacher training and final year transition programs involving mentoring programs with industry and service learning models; approaches to Dietetics, Exercise Physiology and Dance Teaching; teacher-artist training; somatics and contemporary dance training; and communication processes and practices within the dance studio.

Avril is actively involved in the professional dance industry, maintaining a diverse performance portfolio. These activities occur concurrently with her work at QUT and positively enhance her teaching, curricular development and research; facilitating the exchange and integration of current ideas, trends and practice.

Avril was a recipient of a 2009 ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.


This information has been contributed by Ms Avril Huddy.


Avril tutors in contemporary dance technique, anatomy, somatics, Pilates, and conditioning classes.  She designs, co-ordinates and delivers the Transitional Training Program, performance units for the Dance course and the capstone choreographic units for performance students. Other qualifications:

  • Level 2 STOTT Pilates instructor
  • Feldenkrais Practitioner

Teaching History

– 2013:   

  • Ongoing QUT Dance

2012 – 2007:   

  • Ongoing QUT Dance 
  • Company classes for Expressions Dance Company
  • Contemporary dance technique, 2Ballerinas, 2011-2012
  • Contemporary dance technique, Pro Dance Classes, Brisbane Dance Artists Hub, 2011
  • Contemporary dance technique, EDC’s Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive, 2010
  • Contemporary dance technique, QUT Professional Development Day for Dance Teachers, 2009


  • Company classes for Bangarra, Brisbane tour
  • Contemporary dance classes at Capalaba State College, Brisbane
  • Contemporary dance and pilates classes for Mountain Creek High School
  • Community creative movement workshops, Noosa LongWeekend
  • Presented a paper discussing, ‘The Reflective Artist: Embodied perspectives on the Performance of Making’, World Dance Alliance Global Summit, Brisbane


  • Company classes for Bangarra, Brisbane tour
  • ITAS tutoring – QUT Oodgeroo Unit
  • Contemporary and pilates classes and Teacher in-services, Mountain Creek State School 

2006 – 2002:   

  • Employed (sessional) by QUT Dance
  • ITAS tutoring – QUT Oodgeroo Unit (2005-2006)
  • Research Assistant – Shaaron Boughen (2006)


  • Contemporary and pilates classes and Teacher in-services for Mountain Creek State School 
  • Contemporary Dance technique, Ausdance ACT Summer School, Canberra


  • Company classes, Chunky Move Brisbane
  • Professional level contemporary class, Gorman House, Canberra
  • Tour Manager (Rehearsal Director) Dancenorth, Regional Tour, June/July
  • Designed and facilitated a week long residency Dancenorth: Contemporary dance technique,Yoga, Pilates, MassageFitness


  • Employed (sessional) by the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts – Contemporary, fitness
  • Employed by All That Dance – RAD ballet, contemporary, adult jazz, stretching, pilatesFATD tap


  • Creative movement and Pilates classes for Brisbane City Council’s Active & Healthy Parks Program
  • Contemporary dance & stretch classes for the Valley Multi-Cultural Community Centre


  • Contemporary dance classes for All That Dance school


  • Taught Dancenorth Auditions & company classes (classical, contemporary and yoga)
  • Expressive movement classes, workshops and contemporary classes for Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Schools, Adults and private Dance Schools (Dancenorth)
  • Beginners stretch classes for the Australian Youth Dance Festival, Townsville


Access Arts:

  •  Dance and drama workshops
  • Out of The Box Festival, Brisbane – Creative movement workshops for 3-5 year olds
  • Contemporary and choreographic workshops for AusDance, Brisbane
  • Employed by The Gap School of Dance – RAD ballet, contemporary, adult jazz, stretching, pilatesFATD tap

Pilates Teaching


  • Private clients and mat classes, Brisbane


  • Revive Pilates Studio, Brisbane
  • Ashgrove Pilates Studio, Brisbane


  • Pilates Head To Toe, Part-time employee
  • The Pilates Principle, Permanent part-time employee, Sunshine Coast


  • Toadshow – work-life balance classes
  • Golden Casket – work-life balance classes
  • LivingWell Gym
  • Brisbane City Council pools, Ithaca Pool
  • Professional Real Estate Agency
  • Police Head Quarters, Queensland Police
  • The Pilates Principle, Brisbane

Feldenkrais Teaching

  • Timeless Body community workshops
  • QUT Dance ATM classes


  • Private FI clients
  • QUT Dance ATM classes

This information has been contributed by Ms Avril Huddy.




  • Produced, designed and co-choreographed Body Stories a QUT, Australia Council and Arts Qld funded Artist in Residence project
  • Performed in Paired Back Indie Dance, Dance Week 2013, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts Brisbane
  • idol performed at Understanding Visual Music Conference UVM2011, Montreal Canada. (Peer selected)
  • idol performed at SEAM2011 Spacing Movements OutsideIn (Selected by curators)




  • idol performed in Brisbane Festival’s Under the Radar program: Macrophonics
  • idol performed at Understanding Visual Music Conference UVM2011, Montreal Canada. (Peer selected)
  • idol performed at SEAM2011 Spacing Movements OutsideIn (Selected by curators)
  • Co-collaborator in a choreographic creative development, Dance Week, Brisbane Powerhouse


  • Performer and Co-creator of a short film ‘A Glossary of Bodily Responses’, The Third International Arakawa and Gins: Philosophy and Architecture Conference – AG3 Online
  • Performer in ‘Experience Has No Shadow’ by Vanessa Mafe, Ausdance Bell Tower 3, Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Performed in idol at NIME 2010 New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference, Sydney
  • Concert Performance (peer selected performance)
  • idol performed at the ¼ Inch Experimental Music Series, Wollongong



  • Choreographic assistant to Vanessa Mafe, The Dance Makers season Expressions Dance Company
  • Choreographer, idol for the E-Mic (Extended Mic-stand interface controller) with musician Donna Hewitt


  • Performed and co-choreographed in Ants in the Deep End, The Noosa LongWeekend Festival
  • Performed in Churchill’s Black Dog, by Clare Dyson, Adelaide Performing Arts Market
  • Co-choreographed a contemporary dance piece for Mountain Creek High School


Founding member of the Brisbane Based collective truc

Performed in absence(s), by Clare Dyson, Brisbane

Co-choreographed Paper Tears, Paper Tears, QUT Dance and Tari ’07 Malaysia

Performed in Being There, by Clare Dyson



  • Performed in Separating Shadows, Accented Body, Brisbane Festival
  • Performed in Churchill’s Black Dog, Brisbane Festival
  • Performed in Velocity, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT
  • Performed in Fulbright Awards ceremony, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT


  • Separating Shadows, Creative Development for Brisbane Festival
  • Performed in Churchill’s Black Dog, Judith Wright Centre for the Live Arts and Canberra
  • Founding member of the ‘Subject to Change’ collective with Clare Dyson and Mark Dyson


  • Churchill’s Black Dog, Creative Development


  • Performed in Clare Dyson’s Intimate Drowning, at the Brisbane Powerhouse


  • Employed by Jean Tally in a Creative Development dance piece
  • Employed by Shaaron Boughen in a Creative Development dance film
  • Performed in Clare Dyson’s Constructed Realities, Brisbane Powerhouse & Canberra Theatre Centre


  • Employed by Dancenorth, Artistic Directors Graeme Watson (1997) and Jane Pirani (1998-2001)
  • Represented the company on Mornington Island preliminary discussions concerning collaboration between Dancenorth and Woomera, 1998
  • Dancer’s representative on the Board of Directors of Dancenorth, 1997-2001
  • Secretary for Friends of Dancenorth Board, 1998
  • Performed lead roles in Natalie Weir’s Glass Heart, 1998; Sue peacock’s Tango Tango, 1999; Jane Pirani’s Sleeping Beauty, 2000 and Carmen, 2001; and Brett Daffy’s  Quacko, 2001


  • Featured in The Weekend Australian Review, ‘Young arts – The New Generation of Australian Prodigies’ (Jan)



  • Featured in The Dance Australia article, ‘Rising Stars’
  • Performed in ‘Bleeding-A-Part ‘ by Shaaron Boughen, at the ADSA Conference in Brisbane

1998:    Performed ‘Bleeding-A-Part’ by Shaaron Boughen, Brisbane


  • Performed in ‘Un Herd of Passion’ a collaboration by Jean Tally and Leigh Camilleri
  • Performed in ‘The Horned Matriarch’, a Sumatran Folk Opera by Musik Kabau
  • Performed with the World Dance Company (Australian Folkloric Dance Company)
  • Established the ‘Cherry Herring’ in Brisbane – a venue aimed at housing the teaching, practice, research and performance of contemporary performing arts


  • Performed in ‘Ritual’ by Jean Tally
  • Performed in a work by Clare Dyson for the Brisbane Fringe Festival
  • Performed in the Stanthorpe Community Multi Art Project
  • Performed in the Australian Folkloric Dance Company
  • Performed in ‘Lets Go Folk’, a Queensland Arts Council Regional touring Company
  • Establishing the ‘Crab Room’, a performance, rehearsal and meeting space for performing artists in Brisbane        


  • Performed in a work by Jean Tally at the Green Mill Dance Project: Narrative and Dance
  • Performed in Transplant, a performance art installation involving local & interstate artists
  • Performed in a pantomime during the Renoir exhibition, at the Queensland Art Gallery
  • Performer in ‘Traces’ by Clare Dyson and Rachel Jennings
  •  Technical support for film ‘In Touch’ by Wendy Houston

This information has been contributed by Ms Avril Huddy.


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Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: For innovative approaches to dance teaching and curriculum development, founded in the application of practice-led research, that enable the acquisition of life-long learning skills.