Nalina Wait has worked as a professional dance artist for the past 20 years, performing nationally and internationally in works by Sue Healey (2002-present), Hans Van Den Broeck, Sydney Performance Group, Danceworks (Sandra Parker), Rosalind Crisp, Nikki Haywood, Lizzie Thomson, Joan Jonas, and Marina Abramović. The most recent accolade achieved was the 2016 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for Sue Healey’s On View: Quintet (2015) that was presented both at Dance Massive, and Performance Space.
Nalina has also taught contemporary dance technique, composition, and improvisation in most of Sydney’s professional-level dance institutions including: UWS, NAISDA, SDC (pre-professional year and public classes), Ausdance, IDC, extensively at UNSW, and specialised HSC dance workshops based on a work she performed in, Sue Healey’s Fine Line (2003), which is included in the HSC dance syllabus.
Nalina’s choreographic credits include kyu (Performance Space, 2002), Sole (dance film 2003, screened in Minneapolis and Tel-Aviv), Instant (dance film 2006), 2DUAL (dance film, screened in Sydney Festival 2008), Dual (with Jane McKernan in LiveWorks Perfomance Space, 2008), Slow Riot (2010), Choreomania (Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2010), Never odd or even (2011) The Empty Centre (with James Brown, 2011), Phosphene (with Alister Spence, 2013), Pastafari (2015), and Wildlings (with Paea Leech and James Brown, dance film 2016).
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