Meet our TDVY Keynote Speaker: Sally Chance

Collaboration, Continuity and Care – a manifesto for artists, educators and parents working as allies in the lives of young children


The Theatre and Dance for the Very Young Conference is thrilled to welcome Keynote Speaker, Sally Chance. Based in Australia, Sally is opening the virtual conference on Friday, April 22nd at 7pm CST.

Sally Chance is a dance-theatre artist. She trained at Trinity Laban, London, and is motivated by the power of collaborating with specific communities whose artistic perspectives open the door to new performance forms. For the past fifteen years her work has been dedicated to the cultural lives of children aged three years and younger.

In collaboration with her South Australia-based company members – dancers Felecia Hick and Stephen Noonan and musician Heather Frahn – Sally has created five new performance works – This [Baby] Life, Nursery, Touch & Go, Seashore and Wonder). She was also co-director with Masil Theatre’s Hyejung Son of Flower 꽃, which premiered in 2020 at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and artistic consultant for Our Corka Bubs, Australia’s first early years work exploring Aboriginal cultures, directed by Kokatha artist Gina Rings.

Sally practices in the field of perinatal infant mental health using dance to support the critical first relationship between mother and baby. In 2020 she completed doctoral study at the Queensland University of Technology, analysing the relationship between invitation and participation in Theatre for Early Years. She is currently developing a new work – The Things That Matter – for South Australia’s biennial children’s cultural event, the DreamBIG Festival. The Things That Matter will be looking at the life span from birth to death and will be created using Sally’s Family Dance Lab model of co-creation. She is also exploring the relationship between dance, theatre and circus in collaboration with the South Australian Circus Centre in Adelaide.

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