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 2006 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. Her recent dance focus has been on dance for health, with particular reference to ageing 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.
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 four regional Victorian municipalities and more than 15,000 participants over two years, as part of the VicHealth MOTION program. Katrina has been shortlisted several times for an Australian Dance Award, in the category, Services to Dance Education. She rejoined Ausdance as an Education Consultant in 2016 and has worked for Ausdance Victoria as Director of Education and Lifelong Learning since 2017.
Clare McKenzie, General Manager
Clare is an experienced arts manager, having worked in managing, producing and marketing roles in the arts industry for over ten years. As General Manager of Ausdance, Clare manages the financial and operational aspects of the organisation as well as industry programs. Prior to joining Ausdance Victoria, Clare was Executive Producer for KAGE Dance Theatre, overseeing finance, strategic planning and business development including National and International touring. Clare also has significant experience in international market development and marketing gained through her previous position at Circus Oz. Clare 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.
Sasha Leong, Dance Development Officer
Sasha Leong is a multidisciplinary performing artist 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 was actively involved with a number of human rights events and programs in Kuala Lumpur. Her work focused on supporting grassroots communities and movements in education and human rights training through different mediums. She juggled her role alongside performance arts as a dancer and actor on stage and screen.
Sasha joined Ausdance Vic in 2015 and took on the role of Dance Development Officer in 2016. Her involvement with Ausdance Victoria has provided a valuable insight into the arts and dance sector in Australia. Sasha is passionate about diversity in the arts, community engagement, social activism, and has been actively volunteering with Travellers Aid Australia since 2014. As an independent artist, she continues to venture in collaborative creative projects in Melbourne.
Joshua Allen, Marketing Officer
Joshua Allen is a freelance producer, arts marketer and writer working in contemporary performance. He works with independent artists and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who explore intercultural ideas, gender and sexuality. Josh is an Associate Artist at Theatreworks, Co-Producer of The Cocoa Butter Club (a performance showcase of Indigenous and/or People of Colour) and has recently produced Bureau of Meteoranxiety presented at Next Wave Festival 2018. As a producer he has also worked in the UK as a Young Producer for Battersea Arts Centre and an Assistant Producer for Milk Presents touring their production Joan to Edinburgh Fringe and Australia.
Josh has previously worked for arts organisations across Australia and in the UK including: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth Festival, Emerging Writers' Festival, The Blue Room Theatre, FRINGE WORLD Festival and the Gate Theatre. He completed an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT in 2014 and worked as a voluntary editor for publications including Archer Magazine, Kill Your Darlings and Visible Ink. He is committed to building pathways for CaLD, queer and First Nations artists entering creative industries and claiming positions of artistic leadership.
Quinho Soler, RTO Coordinator
Quinho Soler is a passionate arts educator and manager working in the sector for over ten years. He has previously worked across admission, events, student management and counselling at Academy of Design Australia and Photography Studies College. Quinho holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Science emphasis on Social Work from Victoria University with Distinction and a Diploma of Education Support from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Quinho is also a passionate advocate for emerging artists and queer people of colour. Quinho formally ran "Rare in Style" for five years which created a platform for emerging designers and performance artists. He also has a visual arts practice aiming to empower queer people of colour with an emphasis on the intersectionality of Latin and Australian cutlure.
JASMINE MOSELEY, CHAIR
Currently Company Manager at The Australian Ballet, Jasmine has toured and managed in major performing arts venues and regional centres across all states and territories of Australia. Recently Jasmine was Company Manager for local artists in the landmark presentation of Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music at the 2017 Melbourne Festival. She has toured internationally to Japan, United States, China and the UK.
Jasmine began her career at youth arts organisation Express Media, and continued to grow working with diverse artists and communities at Cultural Infusion. Jasmine is a graduate of the 2016 Asialink Leaders Program and the inaugural China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP 2015). Jasmine holds a Masters in Arts and Entertainment Management (Deakin University) and Bachelor degrees in Arts and Music Performance (Monash University).
A passionate arts advocate, Jasmine has served on the boards of Ausdance Victoria since 2014 and Ausdance National since March 2017.
ADAM WHEELER, VICE-CHAIR
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.
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. She is currently consulting at various organisations including Carbon Revolution and Monash University.
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).
Kelly Dickson has held a variety of roles in the cultural, government and sports sectors over a 25-year career, including marketing, communications, commercial, public affairs, stakeholder engagement, strategy and producing. As the Chief Operating Officer for the Victorian Major Events Company, she was Founder and Project Director for White Night Melbourne (2013-2016) and White Night Ballarat, in addition to leading bid teams for a range of cultural and sporting events.
Kelly currently provides consultancy services in strategy, major event creation and delivery, to host governments and councils, tourism organisations, venues and event organisers, both in Australia and internationally.
DR. SALLY DENNING
Dr Sally Denning is the Program Manager, Quality Unit at the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF). Sally assisted ACF to successfully gain Quality Assurance certification with ISO 9001:2015 and the Victorian DHHS Service Standards in 2014 and more recently manages compliance aspects for ACF’s Registered Training Organisation.
Sally has a strong background as a dancer, educator and a clinical counsellor and has worked for the last 8 years at ACF offering clinical counselling, dance therapy and playtherapy for children who have experienced trauma, neglect and abuse and their carers. Sally holds a PhD (Dance Therapy Research) from Melbourne University, a Masters in Education (Melb Uni), Graduate Diploma in Movement & Dance (Melb Uni), Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Education & Training (Vic Uni), Graduate Certificate in Dance Therapy (Melb Uni), Bachelor of Education (Melb Uni) and a Diploma of Quality Auditing (GMS). She is a registered clinical counsellor (PACFA Reg. Clinical), registered counsellor (Glasser Institute), clinically registered play therapist (APTA), registered play therapist – supervisor (APTA) and professional registered dance-movement therapist (DTAA).
Laura is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a number of years’ experience providing compliance and advisory services to businesses across a vast variety of industries and structures. Additionally, Laura has a wealth of experience in business planning, development and implementation of enterprise growth strategies and overall governance management.
Outside of Ausdance, Laura is a manager of Business Advisory for a mid-tier accounting firm based in Melbourne and Geelong.
Laura lives on the Bellarine Peninsula, and in her spare time enjoys netball, cycling and running.
Laura is passionate about the Arts and the not-for-profit sector, and is incredibly proud of the amazing work that Ausdance Victoria does within the community.
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.