Frances is of Kokatha heritage and also of German descent. In 2002, Frances made her main stage choreographic debut for Bangarra to outstanding critical acclaim with the Rations bill of Walkabout. Frances has followed this by creating six works for the company; Bush (co-choreography), Unaipon, X300, Artefact, Terrain and Sheoak.
In 2004 Bulletin Magazine named Frances in their Smart 100, following the world premiere of her work Unaipon at The Adelaide Festival of the Arts. Frances has choreographed works for many of Australia’s leading Dance Companies including West Australian Ballet and Tasdance as well as continuing a successful Independent career. Frances has danced in works by many of Australia’s leading choreographers and companies including Meryl Tankard, Leigh Warren, and Legs on the Wall.
Internationally Frances has been fortunate to establish important intercultural relationships with both Kahawi Dance Theatre and Atamira Dance Company in Auckland, New Zealand. She was most recently invited as guest collaborator and performer for their production MITIMITI, Choreographed by Jack Gray.
Frances directed her first end of year production for NAISDA Dance College titled, your Skin, my Skin in 2014 following with Kamu in 2015, From Sand to Stage, 2016 and Restoration in 2017.
In 2016, Frances was appointed Head of Creative Studies at NAISDA and directed the re-staging of her 2012 work Terrain for Bangarra’s Parramatta season and the company’s regional tour of Western Australia and South Australia. Recently Terrain has been selected on the 2019 – 2021 NSW Higher School Certificate Dance Syllabus.
In 2019, Frances returned to Bangarra in the position of Associate Artistic Director.