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Emma Dykes



Emma has over 25 years in performing arts management, marketing, media relations, customer service, event planning and PR. Her roles have included: Programming Manager and Marketing Manager for the Canberra Theatre Centre, Marketing Manager for Canberra Dance Development Centre and the Administrative Director for Paige Gordon and Performance Group. Emma has also worked for several other local arts organisations including Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra Youth Theatre and Eulea Kiraly and The Company. Emma has served on a variety of arts boards including Canberra Dance Theatre, Australian Choreographic Centre, Kultour – Multicultural Touring Australia Council and Ausdance ACT and was the deputy convenor of the performing arts advisory committee of the Cultural Facilities Corporation. She has been a finalist in the Telstra BusinessWomen’s Award. Emma is an active member of her son’s primary school community having served on the P&C as Vice President and as a general member and coordinates the school’s annualautumn fete (2015-2019).

Liz Lea

Creative Director

Liz Lea

Creative Director


Liz Lea is a performer, choreographer and producer based in Canberra after 20 years in Europe, touring internationally. Her speciality is working with classical Indian dance and martial arts. Shehas worked with Ranjabati Sircar, Mavin Khoo, the Royal Opera House and English Bach Festival and been commissioned in India, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and USA. Liz was named a 2018 ACT Dance Artist of the Year and in 2017 was the ACT Artist of the Year and was also awarded a 2017 Australian Dance Award for her direction of Great Sport! at the National Museum of Australia. Liz was the Artistic Director of Canberra Dance Theatre for 6 years andruns two Festivals - BOLD, celebrating the legacy of dance and DANscienCE where dance and science meet. Liz has presented two TEDx performance talks and recently she premiered her new one woman show, RED, to critical acclaim and is touring through 2020. She is a member of the inaugural ACT Minister’s Creative Council an 2019 Asialink Resident with Singapore's Maya Dance Theatre and Ausdance ACT's Creative Director.

Jamie Winbank

Creative Director

Youth Dance Festival


Jamie Winbank is an independent dance artist, creator and arts manager. Some performance credits include Opera Australia’s “West Side Story”, Meryl Tankard’s “VX18504”, and residencies with Frantic Assembly (London) and Les Ballets C De La B (Ghent, Belgium). Jamie is a passionate youth arts practitioner having directed for Canberra Youth Theatre, and in an array of roles for QL2 Dance. He is the Creative Director of Ausdance ACT’s Youth Dance Festival and a Teaching Artist for Sydney Dance Company. 

Olivia Fyfe

Project Officer

Open Classes

Olivia grew up in Canberra, training at Dance Development Centre in their Full-Time program and QL2 Dance for a Chaos Season. She was accepted into WAAPA and during her second year undertook a six-month exchange at the Taipei National University of the Arts. Since graduating Olivia has performed professionally with: Fiona Malone, Cathy Young, Adelina Larsson, PVI Collective, Stella Electrica, Cadi McCarthy and Company, Strange Attractor, Jamie Winbank, Liz Lea, Alison Plevey and CO.LAB cross-disciplinary creative practice. Olivia is a key member of Australian Dance Party (2015-current), a collective creating site specific work ('Wasted', ‘Soul Defender’, ‘ENERGEIA’, ‘Situate’, ‘Powering the Dance’, ‘Water Tight’, 'Weave Hustle and Halt', 'Mine!', 'TWO', 'Autonomous', 'Shake It' and 'Nervous'). Alongside performing Olivia’s works as the "Social Media Queen" for QL2 Dance  and choreographed for their 2018 Chaos Season ‘We Belong’. She is Project Officer of Ausdance ACT Open Classes (2017- current), Project Manager for Youth Dance Festival (2017-18) Administrator (2016-17), Rehearsal Manager (2015). Olivia is teaches across the Canberra region at three studios QL2 Dance, Dance Development Centre and Lisa Clark Dance Centre, and hopes to inspire others to be as passionate about dance as she is.

Chris Dragisic

Finance Officer

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.