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Julie-Anne is an award winning dance artist and academic. She holds a PhD from the UNSW titled ‘Walking in Sydney Looking for Dancing: an auto-ethnographic mapping of the place of independent dance’ (2010) and an MA (Hons) in Performance UWS Nepean ‘The Leisure Mistress Dances: an investigation of a practice where fact and fiction collide’ (1999).

Since graduating from the Victorian College of Arts in the early 1980s she has performed and choreographed on a wide range of projects with companies such as Human Veins, One Extra, Theatre of Image, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Bell Shakespeare Company, Open City and Dance Works. From 1991-1996 Julie-Anne was Associate Artistic Director of One Extra Company with Artistic Director Graeme Watson. She has worked in a variety of dance contexts as mentor, dramaturg, curator and producer including Acting Director of dance research organisation Critical Path (2006-07) and Dance Curator at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2009-10). 

Awards include:

  • 2020 Australian Dance Award, 'Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance' for Wonder Woman Laura Boynes: 'To Be Honest', directed by Julie-Anne Long.
  • 2020: awarded a MAAS Visiting Research Fellowship with the Powerhouse Museum to further explore research project: Dance in the City: animating the archive, performing histories
  • 2020: Finalist, Fishers Ghost Art Award, 'The Swannie Files: a photo and video instagram essay' @jalongdance 
  • 2019: awarded Australia Council for the Arts grant for first stage development of a new solo series ‘Retrospectacle’: $16,455
  • 2012: awarded Australia Council for the Arts, Dance Board new work presentation grant for solo 'Something in the Way She Moves': $27,580
  • 2008-09: awarded Australia Council Dance Fellowship, which encompassed research, development and realisation of a body of work entitled ‘The Invisibility Project’,including ‘Now You See Her’ (2011), a series of performance parties in people’s homes and solo ‘Something In The Way She Moves: everyday dances for an invisible woman’ (2012).
  • 2005 Australian Dance Award, ‘Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance’ for ‘The Nuns’ Picnic’, site-specific performance in and around the historic village of Hill End, NSW.
  • 2006 Australian Dance Award, ‘Award for Dance on Film’ for ‘Nun’s Night Out’, in collaboration with video maker Samuel James.

Artist Website: http://www.julieannelong.com.au

Instagram: @theinvisiblists



Research interests

My research interests include the following:

  • identity, representation and the performing female body 
  • art and the everyday 
  • collaborative art practices 
  • participatory performance practices
  • the experience of place and the animation of space
  • site-specificity and performance 
  • the potential of dance to engage in/lead interdisciplinary collaborations 
  • writing for performance
  • embodied learning

Research student supervision

I am interested in talking to potential higher degree researchers with interests in any of these topics or related areas. Recent Supervisions include:

Principal Supervisor: Jacqueline Cooper, MRes f/t, commenced 2021. Submitted 2022: 'Towards the Seamless Integration of Dance Education in the Australian Primary School Classroom: a dance and performance studies perspective'.

Principal Supervisor: Vicki Van Hout, PhD f/t, commenced 2018. Continuing: ‘The codification of an Australian Contemporary Dance Technique (CIDT) in preparation for Aboriginal cultural intervention in the theatrical space’.

Principal Supervisor: Amin Heidari, PhD f/t. Continuing: 'Emojis: The Baroque theatricality of Docile Bodes in Online Interactions'.

Principal Supervisor: Kate Maguire-Rossier, PhD f/t, commenced 2014. Awarded 2018: ‘Politicising performances of ‘care’: Dance theatre by and with Australian artists with disability’.

Associate Supervisor: Sarah Pini, PhD f/t, commenced 2016. Awarded 2019: ‘Dancing bodies, shaped minds: An ecological approach to kinaesthetic intelligence’.

Principal Supervisor: Vicki Van Hout, MRes f/t, commenced 2015. Awarded September 2017: ‘Tent Embassy Dreaming and the Body Politic: Contemporary Urban Australian Indigenous Lexicons’.

Principal Supervisor: Patricia Wood,MRes f/t, commenced 2014. Awarded August 2016: ‘Dancing the Archive: A Study in Remembering, Re-embodiment and Re-enactment’.

Associate Supervisor: Emily Guilfillan,PhD f/t, commenced 2013. Awarded July 2016: ‘Dance-Making: Moment-to-Moment Collaboration in Contemporary Dance Practices’.

Principal Supervisor: Elizabeth Thomson, MRes f/t commenced 2014. Awarded July 2015: ‘Body As Archive: The Presence of History in Dance’. 

Community engagement

2018  Readymade Work Inc., Co-Director (with Samantha Chester).

2014-2017  Readymade Work Inc., Chair of the Board: Established as a company set up to facilitate dance space opportunities in Sydney: to manage appropriate and accessible space and programs for dance and dance theatre artists, in order to develop and show new performance work in Sydney (an issue that relates directly to my PhD project). In my role as Chair and Co-Director I am instrumental in facilitating, planning and submitting funding applications for the company. RMW receives funding from City of Sydney to support venue and programs and ARTS NSW for special initiatives.

2017-current  FORM Dance Projects, Board Member: a dance organisation facilitating professional and community opportunities for the dance sector in Western Sydney. FORM’s mission is to foster dance culture particularly for young people in Western Sydney, providing unique education, networking and performance opportunities for them.


2016 Vice Chancellors Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 

‘For an outstanding contribution to facilitating student engagement and learning through innovative approaches that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn’. (Team Award with Dr Jon Burtt)

2016 Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Award 

‘For an outstanding contribution to facilitating student engagement and learning through innovative approaches that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn’. (Team Award with Dr Jon Burtt)

 2015 MMCCS Department Teaching Award

‘For an outstanding contribution to facilitating student engagement in the dance and performance units and outstanding mentorship of HDR students in MMCCS’


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