Rebecca Taylor - Chair
Joined 2008, Chair May 2017 – Present
Rebecca Taylor has extensive experience in the arts sector in management, research, policy, learning & development, and as a professional performer. With qualifications in social research and politics, she has worked across government, tertiary and arts sectors, including research for audience and cultural development for government arts agencies. Rebecca has worked as a professional dancer in Australia, the USA and UK, including the English National Ballet, Connecticut Ballet and with independent choreographers. Rebecca also has experience as a ballet and contemporary dance teacher, and has worked with student outreach programs in the USA. Rebecca currently holds the position of Head of Strategy & Projects, Performing Arts at the Sydney Opera House, previously holding positions with the Corporate and Engagement & Development areas of the Opera House. In previous years Rebecca has worked with Macquarie University, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Council for the Arts and Historical Houses Trust of NSW.
Helen O'Moore - Vice Chair
Joined May 2018, Vice-Chair May 2019 - Present
Helen O’Moore is Project Officer for ACFIPS, the NSW Industry Training Advisory Body reporting to State and Federal government agencies on creative industries skills needs, and priorities for funded training. Helen has worked as a regional NSW Arts Development Officer, EO for Ausdance NSW & Arts Training NSW, consultant for NSW DEC project managing e-newsletters and conferences, and as Sydney Opera House RTO Manager/Learning Consultant responsible for design of organisation wide training programs responding to business requirements especially in areas of compliance. Helen’s aim on the Board is to strengthen regional links and pathways for professional development for dancers.
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 of her childhood.
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.
In 2019 we said our farewell to longstanding Board Member Susan Rix. We would like to thank her for her support and advocacy throughout her appointment with Ausdance NSW.
Susan Rix - Board Member Joined May 2017 – May 2019
Susan studied and performed with the Margaret Barr Dance Drama group (1973-1976), and with Margaret Chapple principal Bodenweiser Dance Centre (1980 – 1986). Her role as Dance Performance Officer, for The Arts Unit, supports K-12 teachers and students in enhanced outcomes in Dance. Susan designs and delivers professional learning for teachers through MyPL registered courses, which is aligned with the NSW Quality Teaching Framework.
Susan produces the HSC Dance CALLBACK Concerts, the NSW Department of Education’s Public Schools State Dance Festival and is the Dance Director for Schools Spectacular. Susan is a valued member of the Sydney Dance Company’s Education Advisory Committee.