AUSDANCE NSW STAFF
MICHELLE SILBY, GAICD
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AUSDANCE NSW AND AUSDANCE VIC.
Michelle Silby has an extensive career in dance in both creative and administrative functions. After successfully leading Ausdance NSW since Oct 2012, she was appointed Executive Director, Ausdance Victoria in Nov 2015. This dual role leads the teams, through strategy, operational efficiencies and large-scale outcomes; the Director of Big Dance Australia (2014-), and the was the Co-convener of the Arts Industry Council Victoria (2017-20190. Currently Michelle sits on the following Industry and government committee’s; ACFIBS for NSW, Industry Advisory Group, Victorian Skills Commission (VIC), Independent Reference Committee, Arts & Culture related Industries, Vice Chair (National training and professional development) Previously Chair, Regional Arts NSW funding 2014-17, Several Arts NSW funding panels, Churchill Fellowship 2013-16.
She is inspired by the opportunities that leading both states will bring to the dance sector, wider communities and respective organisations. She has held roles as the Program Manager, Dance at the Australia Council for the Arts, where her responsibilities included; working with the board, policy and strategy, dance funding programs, key dance initiatives, such as Tasmanian Community Dance Project and Young Emerging opportunities for example, JUMP (2010-2012), 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.
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. During her 15 year professional dance career in the UK and Europe, Michelle worked across a variety of contexts as performer, touring Europe for over a decade, educator, choreographer, director, festival director, company manager and consultant.
PROJECTS & PROGRAMS MANAGER
Kate holds a PhD in dance theatre and disability from Macquarie University which she undertook with the supervision of Julie-Anne Long and Yuji Sone. She has six years of tertiary teaching experience – across Performance Studies and Media Studies – both at Macquarie University and the University of Sydney. She has held various arts administration positions, most recently at Critical Path and prior to that, at Australian Dance institute and Australian Dance Vision. To date, one of her most challenging and exhilarating experiences was interning at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for the 2009 season in Massachusetts USA. Outside her role at Ausdance NSW, Kate continues her academic work, at the Sydney Institute for Intelligent Systems, researching dance and robots until the end of 2019, and as co-convenor of the International Federation for Theatre Research’s ‘Performance and Disability’ Working Group alongside Yvonne Schmidt from Zurich University of the Arts until 2022. A dancer at heart, Kate feels strongly about fulfilling an advocacy role on behalf of the NSW dance sector and hopes to work meaningfully together with individuals and organisations, both fresh and familiar to the community.
ADMINISTRATION OFFICER & MEMBERSHIPS
Remi Harvey holds a Bachelor Arts Practice and Management from Macquarie University where she undertook a brief internship with Guy Morrow. Remi performed with the Australian Girls’ Choir for 13 years, before starting her Arts Management career with the organisation in 2013. During her time with the Australian Girls’ Choir Remi sung alongside performers such as Hugh Jackman and Ronan Keating, as well as performing for Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II at Parliament House in 2011. She toured extensively with the choir both nationally and internationally including Times Square for the 2011 international tour, the Australian Embassy in Washington DC, the Sydney Opera House, Allianz Stadium and Carols in the Domain.
Her experience both working for and performing with the Australian Girls Choir along with her studies at Macquarie University has given Remi an insight and passion for the arts that she is now extending by working at Ausdance NSW. Remi is also an elite level ice hockey player, representing Australia internationally for 8 years and is a passionate coach training the U18’s Australian and State Teams.
AUSDANCE NSW BOARD
MICHELLE PHIPPS – CHAIR
Joined 2014-2016, December 202 Chairs June 2021 – Present
Michelle has over 20 years of FMCG, Education and Financial Services experience in the areas of HR, marketing and strategy. Michelle holds a PhD in Communications from UTS Sydney and an M.A. HR Management from Charles Sturt University. She has had over 10 years of Board experience and worked across ASX and multinational companies including David Jones, Wesfarmers, Coca-Cola Amatil and QBE Insurance. Michelle also possesses a keen passion for performance, having been a former professional dancer/ singer, performing with Christine Anu and the Bangarra Dance Company for Christine’s first Album tour around Australia including WOMAD, and in several professional theatre productions including Miss Saigon, Madame Butterfly, the Australian Tour of HAIR as well as Advanced level in RAD ballet in Melbourne. Michelle is currently General Manager HR at QBE Insurance Australia Pacific.
ANNA SLOWIAK – TREASURER
Joined May 2018
Anna has worked for the Sydney Opera House for the past 4 years and is currently a Senior Business Analyst supporting 4 portfolios. Anna has over 6 years of accounting experience and over 10 years of marketing experience in Arts and Media industries including being the Marketing Manager for Chunky Move. She is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA and also has a Graduate Diploma in Screen Business and Producing from AFTRS. Anna has a genuine love of dance and while she has never danced professionally, Ballet and Spanish Dancing played a big part in her childhood.
MICHELLE CUNEO – BOARD MEMBER
Joined August 2021
With a passion for dance beginning in the backyard ballet class of a Borovansky ballerina, Michelle has explored the possibilities of what a dance career can be. Starting as a commercial dancer/choreographer, Michelle has over 4 decades of pro dance experience including creating shows and entertainment in fashion and the 5-Star hotel industry; writing as an arts journalist and dance critic for publications including Dance Europe magazine; operating successful studio businesses and teaching thousands of students in leading schools and universities. Michelle has worked as an Artistic Director in contemporary dance and theatre; a dance education/choreography lecturer at UTS, and built strategic development experience over 10 years in the NFP sector advancing arts/theatre programs and disability arts projects. Michelle holds a Masters in Communication plus post graduate qualifications in Criticism and Dance Education with training as a Counsellor and Positive Psychology Coach that supports her interest in artist wellbeing.
In 2020 we said farewell to our Chair, Rebecca Taylor and our Vice-Chair, Helen O’Moore. We would like to thank both Rebecca and Helen for their support and advocacy throughout their time at Ausdance NSW.
KIM WALKER – VICE CHAIR
Joined May 2017, Vice Chair December 2020
Kim began dancing with his mother, Margaret Walker AM in his early years while his dancing career began with the Aboriginal and Islander Dance Theatre (AIDT) in 1978. He joined the Sydney Dance Company in 1980 where he was a principal dancer from 1981 to 1990. Kim was the Artistic Director for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus from 1997-2007. In 2007, he was appointed as the Executive Director/ Head of Dance for NAISDA and is currently Chief Executive Officer of NAISDA, fulfilling another lifelong ambition of being able to help our next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
SONYA VELTMAN – PUBLIC OFFICER
Joined May 2018
Sonya works as Special Counsel at Blueprint Law in its theatre and entertainment practice and has extensive experience providing specialised commercial advice to the entertainment industry, including in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. She advises on all aspects of entertainment and live stage show development, production, investing and touring. Sonya first practiced as a solicitor at Baker & Mackenzie. Sonya joined Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group as Corporate Counsel in Australia, where she was broadly responsible for driving the legal and business aspects of the company’s entertainment projects in the Asia-Pacific region for fifteen years. During this time, Sonya was also Head of Legal Department at international theatre company Global Creatures.
DEBRA REINECKE – BOARD MEMBER
Joined May 2018
Debra has spent 17-years+ in the performing arts and education, specialising in marketing and development. Her arts career began at English National Ballet in London where she managed partnerships with brands such as HIT Entertainment and BSkyB. Following which she was appointed Director of Marketing and Sponsorship at West Australian Ballet and contributed to a significant period of growth, as the Company increased from 19 to 35 dancers and secured a permanent new home in Maylands; the West Australian Ballet Centre. Debra spent four years as Director of Marketing and Development at Wesley College Perth, then returned to her first love, the arts, in 2018 as Head of Development at Bell Shakespeare.
ELENA LAMBRINOS – BOARD MEMBER
Joined August 2021
Dr Elena Lambrinos is a dance teacher and studio owner with a PhD in the Sociology of Education from the University of Sydney. Her doctoral research explores knowledge practices in children’s ballet classes and how they are developed over time. Her MA thesis explores the intersection of dance styles, identification and belonging. Elena is a TEDx speaker and an Inner West Council’s International Women’s Day 2019 Honour Roll recipient for empowerment, equality, social justice and inclusion. She is also the founder of Disrupt Dance, where she provides training and professional development for dance educators, and the Director of Education for Leap ‘N Learn, an international early-childhood dance curriculum. Elena is on the cutting-edge of progressive dance pedagogy and aims to make dance more equitable, accessible and enjoyable for all.