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Shannon Dooley and the Retrosweat experience, 2016

by Chrissie Hall

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Finalist

Shannon Dooley is the founder of ‘Retrosweat’ – an 80s-inspired fitness aerobics class where people can dance and release their inhibitions. Shannon herself encapsulates Retrosweat: she is a confident, colourful and engaging presence who knows how to have fun. When Shannon was seventeen her hair fell out without warning, in a matter of days. She was subsequently diagnosed with alopecia universalis, an incurable condition. And while this has caused some emotional turmoil in the past, now Shannon doesn’t let anything get in her way.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.