Dr Heather Blasdale Clarke is a dance teacher and historian specialising in Australian colonial dance. She has carried out extensive research in this virtually unexplored area of cultural history, and has received a number of local and international scholarships to further the research. In 2018 she completed a professional doctorate to examine the intriguing topic of early Australian convict dance. She is currently developing an online resource featuring the music and dances associated with Captain James Cook. By combining a comprehensive understanding of the many dance traditions relevant to early Australian history, she is able to bring a deep insight to this fascinating study. Heather frequently presents workshops and seminars, and regularly publishes articles on her website.