Personal details

Ms Rachel Mathews
Lecturer in Dance Theory
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Discipline *
Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
+61 7 3138 3143
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Identifiers and profiles

Master of Arts in Dance with Distinction (University of Surrey)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Ausdance: Australia’s professional dance advocacy organisation.
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Rachel Pedro teaches into the undergraduate Dance courses:

  • coordinating a number of theory and practice units
  • teaching practical classes in Latin American dance styles.

Supervisions Rachel’s postgraduate supervisions have concerned:

  • the professional/educational interface in the choreographic process
  • new media choreography
  • event management for dance
  • audience participation in dance performances
  • Australian colonial dance
  • dance in peacebuilding
  • choreographing ballet for film
  • eurythmy
  • the use of dance and equine facilitated learning to improve corporate leadership skills

Research interests Her research has included the psychology-based study of participation in recreational Latin dance classes. Qualifications Rachel is currently undertaking a PhD pertaining to globalisation and the development of the Brazilian dance style samba de gafieira in Australia.

This information has been contributed by Ms Rachel Mathews.


Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy, Brisbane
1996 – 2004: Rachel was:

  • an instructor and performer of numerous Central and South American dance styles
  • instrumental in codifying and systemising a teaching program that served approximately 1000 students.

Rio Rhythmics is the case study for Rachel’s PhD research, which she is currently undertaking.

This information has been contributed by Ms Rachel Mathews.


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