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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 is currently the 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. Kym moved to Canberra in 2010 to be Principal at a local dance studio and the Arts Education tutor for Dance at the University of Canberra. She is the Owner/Director of Bom Funk Dance Studio. She specialises in boys’ dance education and has had great success running boys danceprograms in Queensland, ACT and NSW. A third of her studio dancers are male. Kym also runs an Indigenous and Special Needs dance program. 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 was the Principal Tap, Jazz & Hip-Hop teacher at Glenda Allen Dance Academy in Hong Kong. Kym is a published author and winner of Canberra Young Business Woman of the Year 2018.

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 restructuringprofessional, 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.

Susan Johnson

Bachelor of Dance, Majors in Dance and Drama and Graduate Diploma in Education (Edith Cowan University, WAAPA). Susan is Dance Teacher and Student Leadership Coordinator, AITSL Certified Highly Accomplished Teacher and a RED Contact Officer ‘Feel inspired to make change’ at Canberra College. Since 2003she has been a performing arts, PE and dance teacher, mostly in the ACT. She has worked with the Board of Senior Studies on Dance curriculum since 2008. She was a teacher representative on the Board of Canberra College in 2013-15.

Cheryl Diggins

Bachelor of Education (English & History) University of Adelaide (1992); Graduate Certificate in Dance Education, University of Technology, Sydney (1997); Graduate Certificate in TESOL, University of Canberra (2009); Masters in Educational Leadership, University of Canberra (2010). Cheryl is (since 2014) Executive Teacher, Artistic Director and Production Manager for Step into the Limelight (the Education Directorate’s arts showcase for ACT public schools) and Conferenceorganiser and manager for Arts Up Front, in the Education Directorate. She has held numerous public education positions, notably teaching drama and/or dance at Canberra College, Charnwood High School, Ginninderra District High School, Lake Tuggeranong College and Alfred Deakin High School. She was Co-ordinating teacher Dance and Drama and Executive teacher English and Staffing at Calwell High School for 10 years. She was Literacy Officer, Year Advisor, and Teacher of English, ESL, History in IB at Canberra College for 4 years. Cheryl has received numerous excellence awards, most recently with Step into the Limelight.

Emma Laverty

Emma is a proud Darug woman keenly interested in contemporary Aboriginal dance, language, and history. She has delivered many Aboriginal cultural engagement workshops across ACT primary schools and preschools with a to ensure her culture continues to be embraced and celebrated. Emma started dancing in 1989 in Campbelltown, NSW and began teaching dance classes under the guidance and mentorship of Kathryn Bonner. Since 2003 Emma has performed, taught dance, taught dance exam classes, and prepared students for showcases and booked performances. She has worked in the community with vulnerable at-risk youth and with adults living with a disability. Additionally, she has studied chair yoga, meditation teaching and holistic counselling.