Lauren Honcope



Public Officer for the association. BA, LLB, University of New South Wales (1978). Practical legal training qualification, ANU (1978); Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT; on the Register of Practitioners kept by the High Court of Australia (1979). Lauren has been a senior executive solicitor at the Australian Government Solicitor, specialising in dispute resolution; a senior legal policy lawyer, specialising in international and domestic copyright; and a Lecturer at the ANU College of Law, teaching dispute resolution and legal ethics, where she also provided legal services at Legal Aid ACT through an ANU clinical program. She is experienced in team and professional practice leadership and Board leadership. Lauren has served on the Canberra Theatre Trust, the Board of Don Asker's Human Veins Dance Theatre and the Meryl Tankard Company (first Chair) - both companies funded by the Australia Council - as well as on a primary school Board and P&C, and the Board of National Capital Dancers (Kylie Hunter, Artistic Director). She has served on the Ausdance ACT Board since 2009, being President (Chair) since 2011. 

Kym Degenhart

Vice President


BA(Journalism), BA, Grad Dip Ed (Secondary Education, specialising in Dance), Studio owner. Has been head of Dance at Calwell High School and specialist Dance Teacher at Namadgi School, Kambah (K-10). Kym has been teaching dance since 1998. She is very experienced in dance education business management, including human resource management. She is the Owner/Director of Bom Funk Dance Studio and published author of Frou Frou to Fruition. Her book provides industry guidance to dancers, teachers and studio owners. Kym has had a 10- year international professional dance career,including the Moulin Rouge, Paris (2004-2006); as Principal dancer and Dance Captain, Dance Encore Productions at Zenboo, Tokyo (2007-2008); and has toured to Rome, USA and Edinburgh. In 2008-2009, Kym taught dance in Hong Kong before moving to Canberra in 2010 to be Principal at a local studio and the Arts Education tutor for Dance at the University of Canberra. She specialises in boys’ dance education and has had great success running boys' dance programs in QLD, ACT and NSW. She manages Tap Kix and High Kix Cabaret,Canberra’s only pro/am tap and cabaret groups. In 2018 Kym won Canberra’s Young Business Woman of the Year and in 2019 she won Canberra’s Business Person of the Year. She has been on the Ausdance ACT Board since 2014.

Elle Morris



Certificate III in Fitness and a Certificate IV in Dance (Bartuccio’s, Melbourne); Acro DanceCertification.

Elle is experienced and skilled in branding and marketing dance and dance services and businesses. She has been a professional dancer, aerialist and dance teacher since 2004, working in Australia and Singapore and with a range of styles, with a focus on jazz. She has worked in administration and management roles in creative, production and entertainment businesses. Returning to Canberra in 2011, Elle has been a dance teacher (including head) at a number of studios and at Kulture Break (not for profit). Since 2014, Elle has been the Director and Principal of Dazzle Dance Academy where she has increased student retention rates, refreshed and re-branded the school’s logo, web presence and company image and introduced streamlined web- based business systems.

Josh Duke



Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) (University of Canberra); Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting.

Josh is a Chartered Accountant bringing over five years’ experience in budgeting and restructuring professional, bringing over four years of private sector experience to Deloitte’s Finance andPerformance Management Consulting Practice. Josh has extensive knowledge of business processes and strong stakeholder engagement experience, being the key point of contact for over 70 Corporate and Personal Insolvency engagements. Prior to joining Deloitte in September 2018, Josh worked in Corporate Restructuring (EY) where his role included the review, preparation and maintenance of cash flows, high level financial analysis and investigations into the affairs of his clients and providing detailed reports to the stakeholders of his clients. Josh is a proud Dunghutti man with experience with working with Aboriginal people and has the respect and understanding of First Nations values, principles and demonstrated behaviours, attitudes, policies and structures that enable respectful partnerships that are effective and respectful cross- culturally in his work.

Jennifer Body


B Med Sc / B Laws, Grad Dip (Legal Practice), Grad Dip Ed (Secondary). Jennifer Body became a Board Member of Ausdance ACT in June 2020. Admitted to legal practice in 2012, Jennifer worked as a lawyer for two organisations mainly focusing on Intellectual Property matters (trademarks and copyright). She has also worked as a Secondary School Teacher in the Humanities, English and Science Department. 

Lisa Clark

Lisa received her early dance training from some of Canberra’s most respected teachers including Bryan Lawrence, Janet Karin, Dell Brady, and Betsy Sawers. After deciding on a career in teaching, Lisa studied at the College of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in London, graduating in 1988 with a Licentiate and Associate of the RAD, an Associate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (National Branch) and the Psychology Prize. On returning to Australia, Lisa taught at the McDonald College of Performing Arts in Sydney before returning to Canberra, to start her own school.  The Lisa Clark School of Ballet opened in 1990 and quickly became established as one of Canberra’s largest and most prestigious schools of classical ballet. In 2004 Lisa was appointed by the RAD Faculty of Education as a tutor for the new RAD qualification the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and has since tutored across all modules of this qualification and has also been a mentor for students of LCDC who have undertaken this qualification. In 2011 Lisa was appointed as a tutor for the new RAD syllabus tutor the new Grade 1-3 syllabus nationally. 

Cheryl Diggins

Bachelor of Education (Adelaide University), Masters in Educational Leadership (University of Canberra), Grad. Cert in Dance Education (University of Technology, Sydney), Grad. Cert in TESOL (University of Canberra). Cheryl has taught English, Dance and Drama in NSW and ACT schools for over forty years. Over the course of her career, she has received many excellence awards, the most recent being ACT School Leader of the Year (2019), for her leadership role as Artistic Director and Production Manager of Step into the Limelight, the Education Directorate's arts showcase for ACT public schools. 

Emma Laverty

Emma is a proud Darug woman keenly interested in contemporary Aboriginal dance, language, and history. Fuelled by her own family history and experience, Emma has delivered many Aboriginal cultural engagement workshops across ACT schools personally ensuring her culture continues to be embraced and celebrated. She has choreographed an opening Acknowledgement of Country piece and other dance pieces for ACT Education schools participating in Step into the Limelight and mentored in schools for Ausdance ACT’s Connexions program. In 2019 Emma presented her own solo art exhibition titled Yilga in Belconnen Community Gallery recognising her work in the community for Reconciliation Week. Aside from these achievements, Emma has had a varied career working with other artists and volunteering with charities and organisations. In her dance studio life, Emma started dancing in 1989 in Campbelltown NSW and began teaching dance classes in 2003 under the guidance and mentorship of Kathryn Bonner. Since then, Emma has continued to work as a dance teacher in studios sharing her passion and mentoring students. She is also currently working in community services with children and families, vulnerable at-risk youth, and adults living with a disability. Additionally, she has studied chair yoga, meditation teaching and holistic counselling.

Chris Dragisic 

Yuin Business Services Pty Ltd

Bookkeeping & Accounting services

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Accounting (1991) University of New South Wales; Strategic Planning in Retail Management (2010) Mount Eliza Business School. Christine is a proud Yuin woman from the South Coast of NSW. She is the CEO of Yuin Business Services Pty Ltd. Yuin Business Services Pty Ltd prides itself on providing a professional and affordable book keeping and accounting services, which are flexible and tailored to the needs of small business owners. Christine has a real passion for working with Indigenous businesses to share her skills and knowledge to start up and grow successful businesses. She is a fully qualified accountant (CPA) and Registered BAS Agent with over 23 years of experience in various industries, including Indigenous Business Australia, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Services and the Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations.

Debora Di Centa

Dance for Parkinson’s Teacher Training, Belconnen Arts Centre Canberra (2016-17), Specialist Diploma in Choreological Studies, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance & Music, London (2010-2013), Diploma in Dance Studies, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance & Music, London (2010), Diploma in Academic Ballet Teaching A.I.D.A. Milan (2006-2008), Secondary School Diploma with specialization in Languages (2005). Debora is an independent dance artist specialising in Laban Movement Analysis (Choreological Studies) with a specific focus on the benefits of human movement and embodied practices for health and wellbeing. She works as a teacher and mentor of dance for wellbeing, while continuing to work as a performing artist and dance-art researcher. Debora is currently based in Canberra ACT, working regionally, nationally and internationally as a teacher, mentor, choreographer, performer and arts project manager.

Natsuko Yonezawa

Natsuko is currently in her final year studying a Bachelor of Design at the Australian National University School of Art and Design. She has danced with the Quantum Leap Youth Ensemble for 5 years, touring to Melbourne for the Australian Youth Dance Festival in 2017. Natsuko has been a very active artist in the Canberra arts scene where she has premiered works at festivals including the You Are Festival, Art Not Apart Festival, Ausdance ACT’s Escalate programs and also the Hot to Trot program at QL2. She is a multidisciplinary artist whose work revolves strongly around social issues. She often works with dance, film, visual art and music but she is continuing to expand her skills in other forms of technology and media including Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. She recently had her first solo exhibition at the ANCA (Australian National Capital Artists) Gallery. Natsuko is passionate and knowledgeable about the arts scene in Canberra and is now a member of the Ausdance ACT team.

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