Felicity Bott

Founding Board Director

Professional contemporary company dancer, independent artist, commissioned choreographer, and artistic director, Felicity has engaged for 30 years in cultural practice integrally inclusive of dance, sociology, theatre, writing, architecture, design and original composition. In both Tasmania and Western Australia she has worked at the helm of six not-for profit dance organisations, working with teams to enliven cities, towns and communities through a wide range of cultural activities: performance, music, visual art, installation design and public performance. National recognition has included 6 Helpmann Award nominations, an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education, and a Churchill Fellowship. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Department of Culture and the Arts’ prestigious Creative Development Fellowship in Western Australia and in 2015 was selected for the Australia Council for the Arts’ Leaders Development Program in Sydney. Felicity also has long-standing practice in community settings as a freelance choreographer, facilitator, dance educator, arts advocate and speaker in public forums. From her studio base in Hobart she commits independent ‘acts of dance’ under the banner Dance Will Save The World and since November 2019 has been artistic director of newly incorporated project-based professional contemporary dance company Great Southern Dance. In recent times she has also worked with Drill, MADE, MONA, Mona Foma and Dark Mofo, is on the Creative Island Board and the Mature Artist’s Dance Experience’s Artistic Advisory Group. In June 2021 she appeared in the film Sartorial Naturalist by artist Deborah Wace and filmmaker Michael Gissing.

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Great Southern Dance pays its respects to the original owners of the land upon which we work, the Muwinina and the Mumirimina people.

We acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community as the continuing custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and honour Aboriginal Elders past and present. We value their history, culture and resilience and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

lutruwita milaythina Pakana – Tasmania is Aboriginal Land