AUSDANCE NSW BOARD

Michelle Phipps, FCPHR, PHD

Chair

Joined 2014-2016, December 2020 Chair June 2021- Present

Michelle has over 20 years of FMCG, Education and Financial Services experience in the areas of HR, marketing and strategy. Michelle holds a PhD in Communications from UTS Sydney and an M.A. HR Management from Charles Sturt University. She has had over 10 years of Board experience and worked across ASX and multinational companies including David Jones, Wesfarmers, Coca-Cola Amatil and QBE Insurance. Michelle also possesses a keen passion for performance, having been a former professional dancer/ singer, performing with Christine Anu and the Bangarra Dance Company for Christine’s first Album tour around Australia including WOMAD, and in several professional theatre productions including Miss Saigon, Madame Butterfly, the Australian Tour of HAIR as well as Advanced level in RAD ballet in Melbourne. Michelle is currently General Manager HR at QBE Insurance Australia Pacific.

Anna Slowiak

TREASURER

Joined May 2018

Anna has worked for the Sydney Opera House for the past 4 years and is currently a Senior Business Analyst supporting 4 portfolios. Anna has over 6 years of accounting experience and over 10 years of marketing experience in Arts and Media industries including being the Marketing Manager for Chunky Move. She is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA and also has a Graduate Diploma in Screen Business and Producing from AFTRS. Anna has a genuine love of dance and while she has never danced professionally, Ballet and Spanish Dancing played a big part in her childhood.
Sonya Veltman - Public Officer Ausdance NSW Board

Sonya Veltman

PUBLIC OFFICER

Joined May 2018

Sonya works as Special Counsel at Blueprint Law in its theatre and entertainment practice and has extensive experience providing specialised commercial advice to the entertainment industry, including in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. She advises on all aspects of entertainment and live stage show development, production, investing and touring.  Sonya first practiced as a solicitor at Baker & Mackenzie.

 Sonya joined Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group as Corporate Counsel in Australia, where she was broadly responsible for driving the legal and business aspects of the company’s entertainment projects in the Asia-Pacific region for fifteen years. During this time, Sonya was also Head of Legal Department at international theatre company Global Creatures.   

KIM WALKER

BOARD MEMBER

Joined May 2017

Kim began dancing with his mother, Margaret Walker AM in his early years while his dancing career began with the Aboriginal and Islander Dance Theatre (AIDT) in 1978. He joined the Sydney Dance Company in 1980 where he was a principal dancer from 1981 to 1990. Kim was the Artistic Director for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus from 1997-2007.  In 2007, he was appointed as the Executive Director/ Head of Dance for NAISDA and is currently Chief Executive Officer of NAISDA, fulfilling another lifelong ambition of being able to help our next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists 

Debra Reinecke

Board Member

Joined August 2018

Debra has spent 17-years+ in the performing arts and education, specialising in marketing and development. Her arts career began at English National Ballet in London where she managed partnerships with brands such as HIT Entertainment and BSkyB. Following which she was appointed Director of Marketing and Sponsorship at West Australian Ballet and contributed to a significant period of growth, as the Company increased from 19 to 35 dancers and secured a permanent new home in Maylands; the West Australian Ballet Centre.

Debra spent four years as Director of Marketing and Development at Wesley College Perth, then returned to her first love, the arts, in 2018 as Head of Development at Bell Shakespeare.

Michelle cuneo

Board Member

Joined August 2021

With a passion for dance beginning in the backyard ballet class of a Borovansky ballerina, Michelle has explored the possibilities of what a dance career can be. Starting as a commercial dancer/choreographer,  Michelle has over 4 decades of pro dance experience including creating shows and entertainment in fashion and the 5-Star hotel industry; writing as an arts journalist and dance critic for publications including Dance Europe magazine; operating successful studio businesses and teaching thousands of students in leading schools and universities. Michelle has worked as an Artistic Director in contemporary dance and theatre; a dance education/choreography lecturer at UTS, and built strategic development experience over 10 years in the NFP sector advancing arts/theatre programs and disability arts projects. Michelle holds a Masters in Communication plus post graduate qualifications in  Criticism and Dance Education with training as a Counsellor and Positive Psychology Coach that supports her interest in artist wellbeing.

Elena lambrinos

Board Member

Joined August 2021

Dr Elena Lambrinos is a dance teacher and studio owner with a PhD in the Sociology of Education from the University of Sydney. Her doctoral research explores knowledge practices in children’s ballet classes and how they are developed over time. Her MA thesis explores the intersection of dance styles, identification and belonging. Elena is a TEDx speaker and an Inner West Council’s International Women’s Day 2019 Honour Roll recipient for empowerment, equality, social justice and inclusion. She is also the founder of Disrupt Dance, where she provides training and professional development for dance educators, and the Director of Education for Leap ‘N Learn, an international early-childhood dance curriculum. Elena is on the cutting-edge of progressive dance pedagogy and aims to make dance more equitable, accessible and enjoyable for all.  

In 2020 we said farewell to our Chair, Rebecca Taylor and our Vice-Chair, Helen O’Moore. We would like to thank both Rebecca and Helen for their support and advocacy throughout their time at Ausdance NSW. 

AUSDANCE NSW

Ausdance NSW is the key support & advocacy body, for the creation, presentation and practice of dance in NSW.

Ausdance NSW is part of the Ausdance National Network.

Ausdance acknowledges and respects the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work and dance and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging. 

Contact Info

AusdanceNSW
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02 9256 4800
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