Choreographer, Performer and Educator
Learning In and Through Dance
If education is about developing the whole person and not just exercising the mind, and dance is a way of actively engaging both mind and body in the learning process, then dance should have a larger part to play in our education system. Drawing on her experiences as a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist, Melissa will share about some of the benefits of dance education, and ways in which dance can be introduced into the school experience so that students learn to correlate across disciplines. With reference to past projects, performances and lessons, she will discuss how movement can offer a way to improve and assess learning, and introduce strategies for dance and movement to be incorporated into everyday classes.
About the Speaker
Melissa Quek is a choreographer, performer and educator. From the age of 18, she has danced professionally for a variety of local choreographers and international companies such as Post-Ego (South Korea) and Ad Deum Contemporary Dance Company (Houston). She has produced several of her own shows, and earned her Master’s in Dance Cultures from the University of Surrey, where her dissertation won the Janet Adshead Award.
Melissa has guest taught at institutions of higher education and served on a number of award and grant panels. She has been a consultant and programme designer/manager for dance education and talent development programmes, and was a dance artist for the Teaching through the Arts Programme (TTAP). Melissa works with young pre-professional dancers, and enjoys presenting multi-disciplinary collaborative works, Site-based works and cause-based performances and workshops. She is part of the GroundBreakers residency with The Artground where she creates works for the young and very young with The Kueh Tutus. Melissa is currently Head, School of Dance & Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts, where she leads the Diploma in Dance and BA(Hons) Dance Programmes.