Born and raised in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, Frankie’s practice as a dance artist spans performance, choreography, teaching, community based work and large scale dance projects. As a dancer, Frankie has worked for choreographers including Gideon Obarzanek, Brooke Stamp, Martin Del Amo, Adam Wheeler, Kate Champion and Sara Black. Independently, Frankie has choreographed and performed for Lucy Guerin Inc. and Next Wave Festival/Nat Cursio Co., as well as choreographing, performing and producing 3 Independent seasons from 2009 to 2014 with Melbourne based collective 2NDTOE.
In 2015, Frankie spent 18 months creating, presenting and collaborating on projects in Europe, before refocusing her practice back in Alice Springs. Frankie has a large involvement in teaching and dance development, most notably founding the Alice Can Dance performance education program in Alice Springs. Frankie is an alumnus of the 2017 Australia Council Future Leader’s Program and Chairperson of the Watch This Space ARI Board (Alice Springs). Since returning to Central Australia, Frankie and long time artistic partner Madeleine Krenek have created and presented two full-length works The Perception Experiment (2017) and The Lost Dance Project (2018), alongside teams of national collaborators. The Perception Experiment has gone on to tour throughout Australia and internationally throughout 2019/2020.
In 2018, Madeleine and Frankie launched GUTS Dance // Central Australia. GUTS is a new Mparntwe /Alice Springs – based contemporary dance organisation and is the only platform for dance investigation, creation, training and performance in a 1500km radius. GUTS aims to be a recognised as a centre for artistic growth and excellence, championing bravery, risk, community and collaboration as tools for the development of great art, meaningful experiences and empowered societies.