Shona Erskine graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance with a Bachelor of Dance in 1994. 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) from the University of Melbourne in 2007. Her PhD comprised a case study of an effective contemporary dance education program and its participating youth. Shona has taught dance at Deakin University, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
A snapshot of Shona's experience as a performer & choreographer includes:
In 1995 Shona began working with Natalie Cursio's Dance Elixir, with Tracie Mitchell's Twirling Sheila Productions and with Kate Denborough and Gerard Van Dyke’s Kage Physical Theatre.
In 1998, Shona became a founding member of Tina Yong and Sun Ping’s Wu Lin Dance Theatre and performed their works in Australia and China. Shona also worked as a founding member of Phillip Adams' Balletlab and has toured with Adams to Britain, Germany, China and Mongolia.
In 2003 Shona performed in the Melbourne Festival in Lucy Guerin’s Plasticine Park and worked with Neil Adams in Incarna.
Since 2000 Shona has danced with the Sue Healey Company and has toured Healey’sworks through Australia, New Zealand, Britain, and Japan. In 2003 they completed the Niche Series, compiled of six works and culminating in a season at the Sydney Opera House.
In 2005 Shona joined Natalie Cursio, for The Album Project and a tour of Korea.
In 2007 Shona choreographed on STEPS Youth Dance Company and in early 2008 Shona began work on Healey’s new series, Curiosities. In 2009 Shona performed in Sally Richardson’s
Steamworks production of Eliza!, while beginning work with The Chung Wah Dancers on Dance Dialects which reached production in 2010.
In 2013 Shona started the year performing in the Perth Fringe Festival with Natalie Cursio’s ALBUM Project before continuing work with Healey ON VIEW and choreographing for STEPS Threefold.