Tiina was born on Kalkadoon country in the mining town of Mt. Isa and is of Finnish cultural heritage. From the isolation and beauty of North West Queensland, Tiina went to study at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, graduating in 1982. She subsequently undertook further study in New York in the dance techniques of Merce Cunningham, Erik Hawkins and Jose Limon. She has choreographed over 40 new works and is a sought after teacher for professional dance companies, tertiary & vocational training institutions and community arts projects at local, state, national and international level. Tiina has enjoyed a diverse career as a performance maker, dancer, teacher, arts worker or manager with Tasdance, Expressions Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, Leigh Warren & Dancers, Queensland University of Technology, National Indigenous Academy of Theatrical Arts, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University, Victorian College of the Arts, the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Footnote and the New Zealand School of Dance. Whilst in New Zealand, Tiina held the position of Head of Contemporary Dance at the New Zealand School of Dance for 2008 & 2009. Her professional leadership includes many arts projects funded by local, state and federal grants she has initiated, created and developed within Australia and the South Pacific. She currently holds the position of CEO with Blak Dance Australia Limited and continues to create new work as an independent artist. In June of this year, she was awarded a Masters of Arts Research)from QUT. Intercultural Dance: Exploring a Finnish migrant connection with Indigenous cultures through dance.