In alphabetical order by surname

Emma Dykes

Marketing and Communications Manager from March 2015 to 2019; Ausdance ACT Manager from July 2017 to 2019.

Emma has over 26 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 Business Women’s Award and, in 2019, in the ACT Women’s Awards and the ACT Volunteering Awards. Emma has been an active member of her son’s Hawker Primary school community having served on the P&C as Vice President and as a general member and coordinated the school’s highly successful annual autumn fete (2015-2019). Emma is  currently working as the Marketing and Events Manager for The Social Mind.

Olivia Fyfe

Administrator; Youth Dance Festival Rehearsal Director (2015) then Manager; Open Classes Project Manager 2017 to 2019.

Olivia joined Ausdance ACT’s key staff as Administrator in February 2016. Having run school performance rehearsals for the Youth Dance Festival in 2015, she then became the administrator supporting the Manager, Emma Dykes in 2016. In 2018, Olivia was appointed as Dance Fest’s Project Manager. She also carried out Professional and Open Class administration from 2017-2019. By engaging in a wide range of high quality tutoring for Professional and Open Classes, Olivia has established a strong reputation in Canberra and beyond.

Olivia is a graduate of WAAPA and is a Canberra based artist and company member of the Australian Dance Party (ENERGIA, Powering the Dance, Water Tight, TWO, Autonomous, Shake it and Nervous and CO.LAB cross disciplinary creative practice.) She is a passionate dance teacher, working at QL2 Dance, Dance Development Centre and Lisa Clark Dance Centre.

Susan Johnson

Student Advisor, Head of Dance at Canberra College, Board Member at Ausdance ACT 2017-2020

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 2003 she 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.

Liz Lea

Programs Curator then Creative Director with focus on Dance Week, Connexions indigenous, Escalate, workshops, LINK-d and Pay the Dancer

Liz Lea holds a BA Hons Degree, London Contemporary Dance School, University of Kent, UK. Liz joined Ausdance ACT in early 2016 as a contracted per-project curator. She carried out that role for selected projects until the end of June 2017. She was appointed as part-time employed program curator in July 2017. Liz became Ausdance ACT’s Creative Director in July 2019. 

Liz Lea is a performer, choreographer and producer based in the ACT. Her specialities include working with contemporary and classical Indian dance, with a strong experience in community and inclusive dance practice. Her work has been commissioned in India, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and the USA. Liz was the 2017 ACT Artist of the Year and, with collaborators including performers from Canberra Dance Theatre, won a 2017 Australian Dance Award for outstanding achievement in community dance for Great Sport! at the National Museum of Australia. In 2019 Liz was a Finalist in the ACT Women’s Awards. Liz runs two Festivals - DANscienCE where dance and science meet and BOLD, celebrating the legacy of dance. She is touring her one woman show, RED, for which she was awarded a 2018 Canberra Critic Circle Award. Liz also directs the Australian Talented Youth Project.

Neil Roach

Danielle White

Jamie Winbank

Youth Dance Festival Rehearsal Director 2013-2014, Creative Director and Choreographic Mentor 2015-2018, Creative Director and Producer 2019.

Originally from Young, NSW, Jamie trained with the Quantum Leap Youth Ensemble, and is a graduate of WAAPA (Dance).

Jamie is a dance and theatre creator, director, performer, and educator. Some performance credits include Opera Australia's Handa on Sydney Harbour "West Side Story", Meryl Tankards "VX18504","Wicked","Disney's The Little Mermaid" and "Disney's Mary Poppins" (Free Rain Theatre/Canberra Theatre Centre), Brown Paper Circus’ "Please Consider Our Neighbours"; and residencies with Frantic Assembly (London), and Les Ballets C De La B (Ghent, Belgium). He has also worked with with Liz Lea Dance, Force Majeure, Legs On The Wall, and various independent projects, including his own.

Jamie is a passionate youth arts practitioner having directed "Versions of Us" for Canberra Youth Theatre, as the Creative Director & Choreographic Mentor for Ausdance ACT’s Youth Dance Festival (2015-2019) including choreographing 5 original works for the opening piece of each festival, co-presented a “Boys In Dance” presentation/workshop at the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival (Glasgow) with Ruth Osborne, and worked in an array of roles for QL2 Dance/Quantum Leap Youth Ensemble including as Assistant to the Artistic Director, Choreographer and Project Manager. Jamie is a Sydney Dance Company National Tour Teaching Artist and Virtual Studios Teaching Artist. Instagram: @jamiewinbank

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