Tiina Alinen was born on Kalkadoon country in the mining town of Mt. Isa and is of Finnish cultural heritage. From the isolation and beauty of North West Queensland, Tiina went to study at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, graduating in 1982. She subsequently undertook further study in New York in the dance techniques of Merce Cunningham, Erik Hawkins and Jose Limon.

Ms. Alinen has enjoyed a diverse career as a performance maker, dancer, teacher, producer and arts manager with Australian and international dance companies, festivals and community arts projects. These include Tasdance, Expressions Dance Company, PAKTI Performing Arts Key to Inclusion, Australian Dance Theatre, Leigh Warren & Dancers, BlakDance 2012, Movement in Landscape community project, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, ACPA Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, New Zealand School of Dance and Alinen Arts. During her thirty year career, she has created over 40 new works and is a passionate advocate for the independent arts sector. Whilst in New Zealand, Tiina held the position of Head of Contemporary Dance at the New Zealand School of Dance for 2008 & 2009. Her professional leadership includes many arts projects funded by local, state and federal grants she has initiated and developed within Australia and the South Pacific. From 2011 to 2013, she held the position of CEO with BlakDance Australia Limited and continued to create new work as an independent artist. 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 return to her artistic practice in performance making and project collaborations. Ms. Alinen will continue her arts management practice on a consultancy basis and will offer a diverse range of workshops for professional practitioners and the wider community. She is currently working with Alzeihmers Australia (Qld) on an exciting new dementia friendly creative dance program which is being developed and informed by people living with dementia.


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