Shona has been performing in the Australian contemporary dance scene in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth over the past 20 years. Her current interest is performance psychology for dancers and performing artists. In 1994, Shona graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance with a Bachelor of Dance. She went on to gain a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) Psychology at Deakin University in 2000, and a MPsych/PhD (Industrial / Organisational Psychology) in 2007 from the University of Melbourne. Since this time, Shona has been involved in a number of dance related research projects at Edith Cowan University, Australian Dance Theatre, Flinders University, and The University of Western Sydney. She has also taught dance at Deakin University, VCA and WAAPA.
In 2013 Shona coordinated, choreographed and performed in the Perth Fringe Festival with Natalie Cursio’s ALBUM Project that won the Best Dance Award at the Fringe. In August of the same year, she worked with STEPS Youth Dance Company for their Studio Underground Season Threefold, and in 2014 Shona worked with STEPS for their 25th Anniversary season Flights and Fights. Shona was granted a STRUTSEED Residency for White Matter in 2014 and a Blue Room Season in 2015.
Dr Shona supports Co:3 Australia’s dancer wellness program.