Jennifer Shennan

Jennifer is a dance writer (reviewer for The Dominion Post) and teaches various dance studies courses (Dance History in the Theatre Programme & Pacific Dance Studies in the Music School of Victoria University). She has recently commenced teaching at Whitireia Performing Arts in Porirua, and also at Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Mangere, where she enjoys the challenge of making the resources of world dance traditions accessible and relevant for those students.

Her MA Thesis in anthropology (at University of Auckand) on Māori dance was published in 1985 and is due for a second edition in 2005. In addition she is working on a biography of Poul Gnatt who, in 1953, founded The New Zealand Ballet. A further project involves editing a book of stories written by Banaban people of the Pacific, whose dance Jennifer has been studying since the early 1970s.