Michelle Phipps - Chair
Joined 2014-2016, December 2020 Chair June 2021 - Present
Kim Walker - Vice Chair
Joined May 2017, Vice Chair December 2020
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.
Anna Slowiak - Treasurer
Joined May 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.