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Jamie Winbank

Creative Director

 

Originally from Young, NSW, Jamie trained with the Quantum Leap Youth Ensemble in Canberra, and is a graduate from WAAPA with a BA (Dance). Jamie is a contemporary dance and musical theatre artist and creator, having created and performed works across Australia and Europe. Some performance credits include as Diablo in “West Side Story” (Opera Australia/Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Meryl Tankard’s “VX18504” (ATYP/ Carriageworks),  Ensemble in “Wicked” and “Disney’s Mary Poppins” (Free Rain Theatre/Canberra Theatre Centre); and residencies with Frantic Assembly (London) and Les Ballets C De La B (Ghent, Belgium). Jamie is a passionate youth arts advocate and practitioner having directed for Canberra Youth Theatre, co-presenting a “Boys In Dance” presentation/workshop at the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival (Glasgow) and worked in an array of roles for QL2 Dance. He is the current Creative Director for Ausdance ACT’s Youth Dance Festival and a National Tour Teaching Artist for Sydney Dance Company.

Roni Wilkinson

 

Caroline ‘Leena’ Wall is the Artistic Director of Fresh Funk, Canberra’s original and leading urban dance program, part of the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Leena has been dancing and performing for over 25 years. She has a background in classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance, and was the first to introduce “urban” dance to Canberra, with Fresh Funk offering a fusion of hip-hop, street funk and contemporary dance since its inception in 2000. Leena has completed an Honours degree in English and Theatre Studies at the ANU as well as her professional Certification in Dance Teaching and Safe Dance Practices from Queensland University of Technology. She has travelled interstate and internationally as a dancer and teacher, training annually in Los Angeles with the biggest names in the urban dance world, such as Matt Steffanina, Willdabeast, Andre Fuentes, and Kyle Hanagami. Leena also has a long history of involvement with Ausdance, the Australian Choreographic Centre, and Quantum Leap Youth Dance Ensemble. She is an award-winning dancer and tutor, who was nominated for Young Australian of the Year. She is dedicated to providing a supportive and positive experience for dancers, and to her teaching and mentoring. 

Lauren Honcope

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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.

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.

 


Karin Rønning-Meagher is a diversely skilled visual and performing artist who loves physical theatre improvisation. Since 2013, Karin has been a performer & participant at the annual Canberra 'Precipice Festival', held at Gorman Arts Centre each September. She studies Action Theatre with Danielle Cresp in Melbourne. Karin is a member of the Ausdance ACT team as Assistant Stage Manager for the Youth Dance Festival. Most recently, she was production assistant for Australian Dance Party's 'Move to Zero' film series. In 2018, she performed and toured in Liz Lea's solo work, Red. In addition, Karin is a certified Montessori Model United Nations teacher coordinator and recently led a group of students through a 6 month preparation to attend the annual MMUN conference in NYC in March 2019.

Karin Adriansdatter

Cerridwyn Murphy

 

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.

Liz Lea

Rehearsal 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.