Renee’s dance journey began with ballet, followed by jazz where she performed from a young age. Through a dance injury at the age of 14, requiring regular visits to a physiotherapist, Renee discovered a passion to combine healthcare with the performing arts industry. While studying physio, Renee performed stunt cheerleading as a flyer for the local NRL team: The Gold Coast Titans.
Upon graduating, Renee moved to Melbourne to gain more experience with sports injuries, concentrating on dance. In 2013 Renee began touring for the Global Creatures’ production of War Horse, followed by The Walt Disney’s productions of The Lion King and Aladdin.
Renee enjoys incorporating her extensive background in dance with her practice as a physiotherapist. She has a passion for the human form, and is enthusiastic about using her knowledge and skills to achieve optimal movement patterns.
She understands that creative jobs require creative assessment and rehabilitation. Having worked onsite at theatres around Australasia, she is able to thoroughly assess the work tasks of an industry professional. Renee will sometimes request a site visit to see you in action and understand exactly what you do, and what part of a task is causing or has potential to cause concern.
Renee is excited to be home on the Gold Coast and help the industry she loves that has been such a big part of her life.
I am Max Oliveira, Brazilian, 32 years old. I am a professional dancer and worked with Renée Meffan during the Lion King Australia Tour from 2013 to 2016.
As a high level dancer there are so many challenges you take on, and having support from a great physiotherapist is one of the most important things you need on a 8 performances a week show. Renée wasn`t only the best professional to take on that role but the greatest human being, able to listen and look beyond the physical needs, which is just the perfect attribute for someone who is dealing with artists.
My life was better because of Renée during our tour. As an acrobat I had so much pressure on my body and Renée not only helped me to get over some injuries I had during the period but mostly important helped me to prevent them from happening. Renée, I`ll forever miss your needles!