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Alumni profile: Kristie Mortimer

 

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Doctoral Candidate, Dance Studies, University of Auckland

Dance Studies PhD candidate Kristie Mortimer has developed her entrepreneurial skillset through stepping outside her comfort zone. One example, she cites, is when she successfully applied to the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Innovation Squad, set up to develop female entrepreneurs and their ventures.                

Kristie has now started her own venture, the Initiate Dance Holiday Programme, securing funding from Auckland Council. “My passion lies with dance and providing dance opportunities for young people, and I knew that I wanted to provide an opportunity alongside my studies.”

During her Masters research at the University of Auckland she took an innovative approach to dance by looking at the experiences of community dance practitioners in New Zealand prison environments.

“To someone is considering an innovative or entrepreneurial career pathway, I would say to follow their passion and just give it go. Stay curious, reflect on yourself and your ideas, and just keeping moving towards what you want to achieve and where you want to be.”

Kristie graduated from the University of Auckland with a Master of Dance Studies and is now studying towards a PhD in Dance Studies.

 

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Doctoral Candidate, Dance Studies, University of Auckland

Dance Studies PhD candidate Kristie Mortimer has developed her entrepreneurial skillset through stepping outside her comfort zone. One example, she cites, is when she successfully applied to the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Innovation Squad, set up to develop female entrepreneurs and their ventures.                

Kristie has now started her own venture, the Initiate Dance Holiday Programme, securing funding from Auckland Council. “My passion lies with dance and providing dance opportunities for young people, and I knew that I wanted to provide an opportunity alongside my studies.”

During her Masters research at the University of Auckland she took an innovative approach to dance by looking at the experiences of community dance practitioners in New Zealand prison environments.

“To someone is considering an innovative or entrepreneurial career pathway, I would say to follow their passion and just give it go. Stay curious, reflect on yourself and your ideas, and just keeping moving towards what you want to achieve and where you want to be.”

Kristie graduated from the University of Auckland with a Master of Dance Studies and is now studying towards a PhD in Dance Studies.

 


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