AUSDANCE VICTORIA TEAM
Michelle Silby, Executive Director
Michelle Silby has an extensive career in dance in both creative and administrative functions. Over the last 25 years, Michelle has worked across a variety of contexts as a dance performer, teacher, choreographer, educator and management roles: as a director, festival director, company manager and education consultant in the UK, Europe, and the last 10 years, in Australia. After successfully leading Ausdance NSW since Oct 2012, she was appointed Executive Director, Ausdance Victoria in Nov 2015. She is inspired by the opportunities that leading both states will bring to the dance sector, wider communities and respective organisations.
Michelle was born in the UK, where she studied dance at Arts Educational Schools London, followed by a post-graduate year at London Contemporary Dance School, The Place in 1992. Later in 2000-1, after moving into management and leadership roles, she undertook an intensive arts and business management course for arts leaders, and was most recently awarded a subsidised place to attend short course in Australia for not-for-profit leaders by Harvard Business school.
Michelle moved to Sydney in 1996 and Melbourne in 2015 where she has continued to work in the arts. She has held roles as the Program Manager, Dance at the Australia Council for the Arts, Executive Producer for the 2014 Australian Dance Awards, and is also an Independent Consultant for Arts and Dance with various clients across Australia. As an arts leader, she is strategic, entrepreneurial and generous with her time and support of others.
Katrina Rank, Director of Education of Life Long Learning
Dr Katrina Rank is a leading Australian educator and dance artist, contributing to national and international movement education outcomes through organisations such as the National Advocates of Arts Education (NAAE), World Dance Alliance, Ausdance and Deakin University.
Katrina graduated from the Australian Ballet School in 1984 and has performed professionally in Australia and in the UK, with the Dancers Company, The Australian Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre (UK) and Victorian State Opera, as well as independent contemporary dance works and films. In 1994, she was awarded a Bachelor of Education and began her practice in teaching and community dance. In 2000, Katrina completed a PHD, Contemporary Arts (Dance) from Deakin University. In 2007, Katrina was engaged as the Caroline Plummer Fellow of Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2009, she was the Artist in Residence for the City of Darebin and in 2010 was Artist in Residence for Arts Victoria.
Her recent dance focus has been on dance for health, with particular reference to aging and Parkinson’s disease. In 2013, Katrina initiated Fine Lines, intergenerational dance and projects. Fine Lines began with contemporary dance classes for experienced dancers now entering their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
In 2014, Katrina was introduced to the Mark Morris approach to Dance for Parkinson’s disease, and undertook training in this area, and in 2015, contributed to the dance design and teaching of two research studies that aim to determine and measure some of the benefits dancing brings to those with Parkinson’s disease (Latrobe University, Meg Morris). Katrina self-funded professional development in teaching people with Parkinson’s disease with Dance for Health (The Netherlands) in August 2015. She is in close contact with Erica Rose Jeffrey, Australian coordinator for Dance for Parkinson’s Australia. Katrina hopes to establish a sustainable dance program in Victoria that combines Dance for Parkinson’s approach with a Dance for Health approach.
From 2008-2013 she worked with Ausdance Victoria as Acting Director and Education Manager. She was the author and project leader of the hugely successful: The Alice Project, a community dance initiative that reached across 4 regional Victorian municipalities and more than 15,000 participants over 2 years, as part of the VicHealth MOTION program. Katrina was shortlisted for a 2014 Australian Dance Award, in the category, Services to Dance Education. She currently works for Ausdance Victoria as an Educational Consultant. She has also been in the role of Academic Leader at the National Institute for Circus Arts since 2014.
Clare McKenzie, Industry Program Manager
Clare is an avid lover of dance and theatre with over six years of experience working in the performing arts sector. Clare began working for Ausdance Victoria in January 2017 and is also Executive Producer for KAGE Dance Theatre. Clare has significant experience in international market development and marketing gained through her previous position at Circus Oz. Clare also has experience in music and literary management, having worked for acclaimed vocal group Coco’s Lunch and independent bookstore Readings Booksellers. Clare completed her Masters of Arts Management at The University of Melbourne in 2010.
Sue Dent, RTO Coordinator
Sue Dent has worked within the private RTO sector since 2007 and holds formal qualifications in business, training and assessment, and quality auditing.Sue joined Ausdance Vic in October 2014 in the position of RTO coordinator. She is responsible for the day to day running of the RTO, ensuring service standards are met with a focus on quality assurance. Sue’s strong background in compliance and audit sees her support the RTO’s continuous improvement processes, adherence to governing bodies and requirements for RTO registration.
Sasha Leong, Dance Development Officer
Sasha Leong has a background in Performing Arts (dancing and acting) and worked with not-for-profit organisations for more than 6 years, with at least 5 years of project management experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Psychology (Honours) from Upper Iowa University. In 2011, Sasha started her career with Dignity International, an international human rights organisation, and also volunteered as an event assistant with Seksualiti Merdeka (a movement educating and fighting for LGBTIQ rights in Malaysia), Freedom Film Festival, and Pink Triangle Foundation. Her work focused on supporting grassroots communities and movements in education and human rights training through different mediums.
In 2013, Sasha pursued a career in performing arts and landed her first featured role(s) in Box of Delights Family Theatre’s ‘Kleting Kuning and the Giant Crab’, secured her second role as a featured ensemble member in ‘Chow Kit Road: The Musical’, followed by her first feature film ‘Showdown – The Movie’. The same year, she also assisted in several drama and dance therapy sessions for children at the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation in Kuala Lumpur.Sasha moved to Melbourne from Malaysia end of 2013, and has been involved in a number of dance performances, short films and commercials, whilst working in some major events in Australia. She joined Ausdance Victoria early 2015 as a contractor, coordinating dance programs and managing the advertising and memberships for the organisation. Sasha accepted the position as Dance Development Officer at the end of 2015. Her involvement with Ausdance Victoria has provided a valuable insight into the arts and dance sector in Australia and she looks forward to contributing to the growth and development within the community.
Sasha has been actively volunteering with Travellers Aid Australia for the past two years, and can be heard on Polyfonix on 3ZZZ 92.3FM Melbourne. She continues to venture in collaborative creative projects in Melbourne.
Jonathan Homsey, Arts Media & Marketing Officer
Jonathan Homsey is an arts-maker and manager interested in the intersection of street dance, visual art and social engagement. A graduate of Victorian College of the Arts, Jonathan in 2013 graduated with a Master’s Degree in Arts Management with Distinction from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. His final project was his first full-length work, Together As One, received critical acclaim and was remounted for the Hub of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Homsey was also awarded Best Emerging Producer in the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013. In 2015, Jonathan debuted his second work Vessel as an Artist-in-Residence at City of Maribrynong. He is currently creating site specific and work in gallery spaces, is also employed by Victorian College of the Arts/University of Melbourne as a lecturer in dance and has worked for organisations such as Deakin University, Gertrude Street Projection Festival and Phillip Adams BalletLab. Homsey is currently exploring ceramics and virtual reality filming into his practice with the performance and pottery series Fragments and Remnants debuting at Blindside Gallery in September 2017 which explores his Syrian heritage and destruction of native cultures.
EMMA COCHRAN, PRESIDENT
Emma Cochran has more than twelve years’ arts and project management experience. With a background in classical music (Bachelor of Music, University of Adelaide) and a Masters in Arts Management (University of Melbourne), Emma worked with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Opera Australia before moving to Melbourne. Her work in Melbourne has focused on supporting opportunities for children, families and young people to access and engage in the arts. This has been achieved whilst working with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Regional Arts Victoria and in her work with ArtPlay and Signal, City of Melbourne.
Emma spent 18 months in an internal secondment with the City of Melbourne’s Community Services branch where she worked as Senior Project Officer with the Family Services, Children’s Services and Ageing and Inclusion teams. Her role led and supported strategic and business planning, as well as improvement opportunities across the three teams. She has recently returned to the Arts Melbourne branch in the role of Strategic Planning and Projects Coordinator.
Emma joined the Ausdance Victoria board in 2014 and was successfully nominated as Chairperson in 2015.
JASMINE MOSELEY, VICE PRESIDENT
Jasmine Moseley is known for her passion and advocacy for the arts. Currently Jasmine is positioned as Company Manager for the Australian Ballet. Under Jasmine’s leadership, The Australian Ballet and regional touring arm The Dancers Company has toured to all major venues in Australian capital cities, over 30 regional cities and towns in all states and territories of Australia, and internationally to Japan, the United States, China and the UK. Previously Jasmine worked at Cultural Infusion as an Arts and Touring Administrator for the National Schools’ Program, and volunteered at Express Media (Melbourne, Australia). In 2016, Jasmine joins the Asialink Leaders Program (University of Melbourne), which fosters Australia's emerging leaders in the corporate, government and community sectors. Jasmine was a delegate to the inaugural 2015 China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) as part of the Vivid Ideas Festival as a member of the Chinese Cultural Centre’s Arts & Culture ThinkTank. She continues to work on creative projects with the Culture Shock Experiment (ThinkTank project) and with CAMP alumni in Australia and China.
Jasmine Moseley holds a Masters in Arts and Entertainment Management (Deakin University) along with Bachelor degrees in Arts and in Music Performance (Monash University). Jasmine has proudly served on the Board of Ausdance Victoria since October 2014 (current Vice-President, delegate to the Ausdance National Council).
MARIJA GRGIC, SECRETARY
Marija Grgic is the Secretary of Ausdance Victoria, having joined the board in May 2017. Marija has had a 20 year career in various roles across the retail industry across Finance, Compliance and Merchandise, most recently at Myer, as the National Manager – Merchandise Operations.
Marija has a passion for the arts and a long history in philanthropy, including Board roles with the Myer Community Fund as Company Secretary (2006-2017) and Director (2014-2017). Marija continues to have an ongoing association with the St. Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies), as a Soup Van Coordinator (2004-2014) and Treasurer (2006-ongoing).
Adam Wheeler is a Stompin and Victorian College of the Arts Alumni.
Adam is currently the Artistic Director of The Space Full Time Courses & Yellow Wheel. He has created, produced and performed in dance works with companies such as Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc, Tasdance, 2NDTOE, The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Yellow Wheel, Stompin, Steps, QL2 and Fling Physical Theatre.
Other career highlights include performing in Opera Australia’s The Ring Cycle, the Australian Ballet’s Out There Project, Festival Directing Short+Sweet Dance Melbourne/Sydney and The Australian Youth Dance Festival and developing a Contemporary System of Training for the Australian Teachers of Dancing, which is now taught all over Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Eilidh Dragovic was awarded a scholarship to London Contemporary Dance School, UK, BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance (1999 – 2002). She is currently the Dance Lecturer at Federation University Arts Academy, where she lectures dance and coordinates all dance courses for both the BA Music Theatre and BA Acting programs.
From 2009 – 2014, Eilidh was an employee of Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance where she managed the Curriculum and Course Development of the Full Time Course. Eilidh was an integral staff member in establishing the organisation into the nationally and internationally renowned institute of dance and musical theatre education it is today. During this time, Eilidh established the Full Time Course as a nationally accredited institute of training delivering Certificate IV in Dance and Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance).
In 2008/2009, Eilidh was awarded an ‘Artist in Schools’ grant by Arts Victoria to deliver a dance program at Port Phillip Specialist School in Melbourne.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2006, Eilidh was appointed as the Youth Dance Development Officer for citymoves dancespace Aberdeen, where she developed and facilitated dance opportunities for young people in the North East of Scotland. During this time, Eilidh was also the Assistant Director of Elevate Youth Dance Company, Scotland’s leading touring youth dance company.
Laura Osborne is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant working in a mid-sized chartered firm in Melbourne’s Southbank precinct. Laura specialises primarily in taxation and advisory work for a large variety of commercial, not-for-profit and private family structures.
Laura graduated from RMIT University in 2011 with a commerce degree, majoring in Entrepreneurship. Laura studied accounting as a post-graduate, and completed the Chartered Accountants program in June 2015.
Laura’s previous experience also involves consultancy work for small start-up ventures, assisting in strategic development and go-to market plans. Laura is incredibly passionate about business development and enterprise strategy planning, which is one of the main driving forces behind her decision to join the board of Ausdance Victoria.
With a passion for the arts as well as HR, currently Lauren is a Senior HR Advisor at Arts Centre Melbourne where she is responsible for the Development and Audience Engagement pillar. Lauren has 10 years of Recruitment and generalist HR experience and has worked across the private, higher education and government sectors.
Lauren also works as a casual usher at Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre where she has worked for the last 10 years. Prior to this she worked in Scotland in theatre, spanning stage and venue management, merchandising and front of house at The Playhouse Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.