Name

Fiona Reilly

Biography

Fiona Reilly 1983

Fiona began classical ballet classes as a teenager and developed a strong interest in pursuing dance as a career. She entered Rusden College in 1979 where she studied modern dance, both Graham and Cunningham techniques, composition, dance history and aesthetics. After graduating in 1982, Fiona joined the Tasmanian Dance Company (Tasdance) as a Teacher/Dancer.

She left Tasdance at the end of 1983 and from 1984 to 1986 she was a Lecturer in Dance at the Victoria College, Rusden and in Composition/Choreography at the Victorian College of the Arts. Fiona returned to Tasdance in 1987 to perform in a few works and choreograph Seems Like Summer.

She has choreographed, taught and performed extensively throughout Australia as well as the United States. Fiona has been invited as guest teacher to some of Australia's leading dance companies including The Australian Ballet, Meryl Tankard's Australian Dance Theatre, Dance North, Tasdance and Chunky Move.

She spent many years as a senior lecturer in dance at Utah State University where she also completed a Masters of Fine Arts (Dance Performance & Choreography). She spent four years as a lecturer in dance at both The Victorian College of the Arts and Deakin University in Melbourne. Here she trained many of Australia's emerging professional performers and choreographers.

Fiona spent a year as rehearsal director for Chunky Move and became rehearsal director for Tasdance in 1999. Since then Fiona has maintained her association with Tasdance as a guest teacher with the company and has choreographed several works for the company's major seasons. These include Personas in collaboration with Garry Greenwood, Deep Seated for Tasdance's Obsession season, Nursery Mimes for the HYPER_mobile season, Tribute for a dancers season and Hard Yakka for the company's highly successful regional tour.

Fiona has worked as a teacher and choreographer for the Launceston College Dance Department, a teacher at Deloraine High School, artistic director and choreographer for Women of Whimsy and a lecturer at University of Tasmania.