Tiina Alinen 'Much more of the brain is devoted to movement than to language. Language is only a little thing sitting on top of this huge ocean of movement'. Oliver Sacks

Tiina Alinen was born on Kalkadoon country in the mining town of Mt. Isa and is of Finnish cultural heritage, a Savolainen woman. Ms. Alinen has enjoyed a diverse career as a performance maker, performer, project manager, educator and researcher within dance, community, cultural and health contexts. Ms Alinen began working in community dance contexts with people living with diverse abilities, youth, migration and/or aged perspectives in 1983. Her professional purpose is to value people.

Her professional leadership spans across education, health, performance, community and cultural contexts. This is evidenced by her portfolio and includes the following engagements. Head of Contemporary Dance (NZSD), Contemporary Lecturer (QUT) and (WAAPA), Dementia Friendly Wellbeing Dance Program (Dementia Australia), CEO (BlakDance Australia) and 'In Touch' community dance festival involving 1000 participants.

In June of 2013, she was awarded a Masters of Arts Research from QUT. Intercultural Dance: Exploring a Finnish migrant connection with Indigenous cultures through dance. 2014 saw Ms. Alinen work with Christine Bryden to develop a successful and highly valued dementia friendly wellbeing dance program for Dementia Australia.

Ms Alinen continues to work as a communication awareness consultant, offering training and workshops, using a unique non-verbal communication technique, she has developed over 30 years. The Listening Eyes technique is a set of tools which support perceptive conversation and proactive relationship building. Ms Alinen has used this technique across education, health, performance, community and cultural contexts.

Her creative practice continues through performance making, leading workshops and masterclasses and performing in projects like Moments of Self MOS, a series of solo's, performed in alternative venues, sharing connection with place and self through dance. This ongoing performance project invites artists from a diverse range of life experiences, to share their story.

Tiina Alinen Projects has created over 40 original works for companies, events and festivals across Australia and internationally. Her inspiration has always come from people and their courage, to share their journey and life understandings, through the conversation in live and filmed dance performance.

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