Julie Chenery is an educator, dance artist, counsellor and community development worker. Her dance journey began learning ballet in Townsville from Shirley Treacy and Neil Walker and, later, Ann Roberts, achieving her Advanced in the RAD syllabus. She was also an inaugural member of the North Qld Ballet and Dance Society continuing to perform whilst completing her science degree at James Cook University.
After teaching science at Kelvin Grove High for 5 years, she gained several years’ experience as a dance lecturer, performer and choreographer during studies at University of Utah Modern Dance Department; and coordinating and teaching contemporary dance for the Diploma of Creative Arts (BCAE); QUT; Sydney City Institute of Art; University of Queensland (Qualitative Bases for Human Movement); Blackwattle Artists Co-op, National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association; Contemporary Dance Theatre; and Expressions Dance Company. She created an adult community dance group that presented several original creations.
As a Project Officer with the Qld Performing Arts Trust, Julie produced the D’Arts Outreach program, in which people with disabilities living in regional Qld experienced workshops in a combination of 2 art forms, and local facilitators attended training with the leading artists. Julie then created the Statewide Program, in which live theatre was video recorded and presented in an interactive format via a satellite network to students as remote as New Guinea, far western Qld and northern NSW.
Julie was the inaugural Executive Officer for Ausdance in Queensland from March 1992 to March 2002. During this time, her inclusive and collaborative approach created many community dance opportunities such as the ‘Make Your Move’ program of community dance classes at the Brisbane Powerhouse, ‘RiverScapes’ a promenade performance linking several community groups dancing in various sites around the City, ‘Trading Dance Backgrounds’ a 2001 opportunity for young high school students to share their dance cultures in a contemporary fashion. For Ausdance Qld, Julie produced the annual Dance Week celebrations which provided showcase opportunities for dance artists, studios and community dance groups.
Julie then co-produced the 2nd National Community Dance Forum for Ausdance in late 2002. She produced ‘Multi Arts, Multi Skills’ for Youth Arts Qld and ‘Shared Gift Dance’ with 10 community dance groups (with participants ranging form 4 to 94 years old!) for the opening of the 2003 Rotary International Convention. With Scotia Monkivitch, as Helicon CPR, she co-produced the award-winning REMIX program with people experiencing mental health issues; and dance for people from supported housing for Micah and Seniors Cloudland Reminiscence.