Dean Walsh is an avid scuba diver, marine environmentalist and an award-winning dancer, choreographer and teacher. In 2015 he celebrates his 25th year of dance and performance practice. He was an Australia Council Dance Fellow 2011-2012. He continues to choreograph, research, direct, mentor emerging artists, facilitate workshops, works with various organizations in integrated arts capacities and tutors for professional dancers and tertiary courses across Australia. Apart from attending symposiums and conferences he also participates in research with marine scientists and conservationists. This research now informs his overall practice, which in the last 6 years, has been geared towards embodying and communicating marine environmental science, evidence-based conservation, scuba / free diving and marine biodiversity research. In 2014, in partnership with renowned ecologist Dr Judy Fisher, he was invited to present his research and ideas at World Parks Congress - a major global event held once every decade and attended by nearly 4,000 delegates from more than 166 nations.
Dean has created over 35 original works (solo to group), some touring nationally and internationally (UK, Japan & the US). He has worked with many of Australia’s leading companies and reputable companies overseas, including DV8 Physical Theatre, made possible through a Robert Helpmann scholarship 2002. He was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship (2011-2012) and with this he compiled a new movement system / taxonomy called PrimeOrderly. In 2013 he collaborated with Tasdance & National Science Week 2013 in Hobart presenting three one-hour performance and demonstration sessions. This included working with three guest speakers from leading marine environmental science institutions in Tasmania – Prof. Mike Coffin (IMAS), Dr. Cynthia Awruch (marine biologist UTAS and Claire Blichfeldt (Marine Discovery Centre).