The Ausdance NSW Team

Michelle Silby, Director

Michelle has an extensive 20 year career in dance in both creative and administrative functions. Recently, Michelle produced iOU projects, who performed in Spring Dance Festival 2012, Sydney Opera House and Anton’s work Supermodern Dance of Distraction at Riverside Theatre’s Parramatta. Many of you may know Michelle who was formerly the Program Manager for Dance at the Australia Council for the Arts where her responsibilities included; working with the board, policy and strategy, dance funding programs, key dance initiatives, such as Tasmanian Community Dance Project and Young Emerging opportunities e.g JUMP. During her 15 year professional dance career in the UK and Europe, Michelle worked across a variety of contexts as performer, educator, choreographer, director, festival director, company manager and consultant. A particular highlight of her career in the UK included making a significant contribution to the dance infrastructure for the North East of England, through the formulation and delivery of a dance development plan with secured funding. Michelle was born in the UK, where she studied dance at Arts Educational Schools London, followed by a post graduate year at London Contemporary Dance School, The Place.

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Kiri Morcombe, Manager

Currently, Kiri works as Manager for Ausdance NSW and recently for Campbelltown Arts Centre as a curator for Contemporary Dance, producing works such as Bunny by Luke George and Daniel Kok, the I Can Hear Dancing festival season of interdisciplinary works and Picnic on the Edge (IDANCEX) a dance practice exchange between Finland and Australia. Co-ordinating a textile based arts group for diverse communities based in Parramatta, called WeAve Parramatta, her passion is in diverse communities and social inclusion though the arts. Kiri has also worked for the Australia Council for the Arts in Arts Funding for the Dance sector, for Blacktown Arts Centre as Performing Arts Development Officer to develop, program and produce performance and cross art-form works with and for the communities of Blacktown and western Sydney. Kiri has studied in design, specifically fashion at CIT, contemporary dance, UWS, and has completed courses in Costume design and Wardrobe standby, AFTRS. Kiri has also invested much time and passion into  mentoring, education and course delivery, including classes for Sydney Dance Company - Adult Dance Classes, TAFENSW – Entertainment theory, Australian College of Physical Education - Design process, UWS Dance department – contemporary dance class. Kiri has contributed to a research project (the Lao project) funded and supported by Campbelltown City Council and WSDA -exploring Lao diaspora and dance activities in Sydney NSW, delivered a workshop through Granville Youth and Community Recreation Centre for girls interested in customising and recycling fashion. Kiri has partnered with AUSSIP as a mentor to High School students with talents and interests in performing arts, arts project management, creative enterprise and event management, opportunities to shadow in the workplace, talk through training and courses aligned with career pathways. 

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Claire Gammon, Program and Projects Manager

Based originally in the UK Claire graduated from Roehampton University with an honours Degree in Dance Studies and went on to perform, choreograph and teach in London. She was invited to lecturer at the University of Chichester teaching Contemporary Technique and Choreography under the mentorship of Dale Thompson. She was later appointed Head of Dance at Bedales and worked to develop a strong Youth Dance Program within the school and wider community. After moving to Sydney in 2013 she worked as State Manager of the Australian Girls Choir, managing and developing a team of teachers and choristers. She produced the large scale concerts at Sydney Opera House, the public and high profile events and coordinated the touring and education programs in NSW. 

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