Dr Bendrups has an academic background in two primary fields: Performance Studies and Latin American social history and cultural identity. Her recent research focuses on new social movements in Latin America. She has an extensive tertiary teaching record with a particular interest in experiential learning methodologies and over thirty years’ experience and public recognition as a performance-maker and composer. Dr Bendrups has also taught tertiary courses in Communications, Leadership for Social Justice and Pedagogies for Inclusion.
Dr Bendrups has a particular interest in the cultural anthropology of the Argentine Tango, developing the interdisciplinary project Takes Who To Tango with Australian and Argentine performers and academic researchers, which has produced both scholarly seminars and creative performance works in Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Barcelona and London. In 2003-2004 she was the first Australian recipient of the Paul Sacher Stiftung Award at the University of Basel for research into the work of Alberto Ginastera and has presented over 40 conference papers and guest seminars on Latin American research topics in international forums.