Dr. Dale Johnston

Dip.Dance  ABS,   MFA  QUT,   PhD  UQ

Dale trained at the National School of Ballet in Wellington, and the Australian Ballet School, Melbourne. He danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and was a member of the inaugural Dancers Company of the Australian Ballet. Dale was principal dancer with the Queensland Ballet for almost eight years, dancing the lead roles in Giselle, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, Carmina Burana, Scheherazade, and many Contemporary Dance works.

Dale was a partner of the National Ballet Centre for 15 years, teaching dance students 3-16 years. He regularly lectures and examines in ballet technique at Queensland University of Technology, and completed his Master of Fine Arts there in 1999.

In 2003, Dale completed his PhD in Dance Education through the School of Education at the University of Queensland, on an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship.

Also in 2003, Dale was awarded one of only three inaugural Queensland Creative Fellowships, in recognition of an outstanding professional career in dance, but also to support activities that would make a significant contribution to the development of Arts and cultural practice in Queensland.

In 2005, Dale’s doctoral thesis ‘Dance through a Sociocultural Lens’, received a top 10% Dean’s Commendation for outstanding research.

Dale is currently developing a unique Centre that integrates Dance Education into a child’s formative Early Learning years. It provides a Preventive Health Care Strategy for averting the onset of Obesity.