Short bio

Overview - Short bio:

FATHOM - Performance Space, Carriageworks 2011

Dean is an award-winning Australian dance practitioner who has been at the forefront of many significant shifts within the Australian arts and cultural landscape having been significantly involved in the national contemporary dance, performance and disability-inclusive communities, major queer performance forums and the arts and environmental science sector as progressive developments throughout his career.

Between 1991 and 2008, his focus was on devising over 20 solo and group works wrestling themes relevant to; war veterans and their families, survivors of domestic violence (including homophobia and sexual abuse), dissecting notions of Australian masculinity and themes relevant to the global LGBTIQ community. Dean now openly identifies as living with both acquired and congenital 'invisible’ disability - high functioning autism and complex trauma disorder. He is a passionate advocate for the promotion of a national awareness on integrated arts practice and the support needed for individuals and smaller companies to fully and authentically engage this philosophy as an achievable, higher standard creative equality.

Since 2009, and assisted by his Australia Council for the Arts two-year dance fellowship (2011-2012), Dean has developed an interdisciplinary, marine-environment influenced movement methodology and practice known as PrimeOrderly. Utilizing this, he choreographs new work, facilitates movement classes and workshops and presents lecture-type demonstrations at arts and environmental events, including the World Parks Congress 2014. held in Sydney at Olympic Park Conference Centres.

Since 2010 Dean has worked with several disability-inclusive companies, including Restless Dance Theatre (Adelaide), Murmuration (Sydney) and has been a key collaborator with performance ensemble, RUCKUS since 2011 and in 2016 toured with them to Epic Arts in Cambodia.

Several of his works have toured nationally and to numerous destinations internationally. In tandem with his extensive solo career, he has worked for companies; DV8 Physical Theatre (London) & No Apology (Amsterdam) - both made possible through his Robert Helpmann Scholarship 2002 - ADT (Adelaide) and Stalker Theatre (Sydney, as choreographer + performer), among many other reputable project-based companies in Australia.

Buoyant space, self contained - 30 metres below (100 ft) South Solitary Island, off Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2014


Dean would like to acknowledge that, since 1991, his dance and performance practice and its sustained development, for over more than 25 years now, has been generously supported in-kind, indirect and / or in direct financial assistance by the following agencies and organisations.

The Performance Space
The Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts
CreateNSW (formerly ArtsNSW)
Critical Path
FORM Dance Projects
National Science Week 2013
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
IMAS - Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies
Living Data
Sydney Science Festival
Bundanon Trust
One Extra Dance Company


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Arts Festival
PRIDE Centre, Sydney
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
The Sydney Dance Company
Expressions Dance Company
Brand X / Queen St Studios
DanScience Festival / QUT
tranSTURM Collective
Univeristy of Technology, Sydney
Macquarie University
University of Sydney
University of NSW