Ausdance NSW Board

Rebecca Taylor -  Chair

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.

 

Anna Slowiak - Treasurer

Currently, Anna is working at the Sydney Opera House for the past 3 years as the Senior Business Analyst for the Engagement & Development portfolio in a Management Accounting supporting MarComs, Partnerships and Philanthropy. Anna has over 5 years of accounting experience and over 10 years of Marketing experience in Arts and Media industries. A Chartered Account with a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA, Anna also has a Graduate Diploma in Screen Business and Producing from AFTRS and has had exposure in tax practices for individuals and small companies in the creative industries and Audit at Ernst and Young.

Recently, Anna held positions as the Marketing Manager for Chunky Move, Hopscotch Entertainment and was the Assistant Brand Manager of The Sydney Morning Herald. Anna has a genuine love of dance and while I have never danced professionally, Ballet and Spanish Dancing played a big part of childhood.

 

Sonya Veltman - Public Officer

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 tours in the Asia-Pacific region. She advises and assist on all aspects of entertainment and live stage show development, production, investing and touring. 

Sonya first practiced as a solicitor at Baker & Mackenzie, where she negotiated commercial transactions with major multi-national corporations or their Australian subsidiaries, and later went on to establish her own successful general legal practice in Sydney. Sonya then 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 where she drafted and negotiated commercial and creative agreements for arena spectacular and theatrical productions. Given her demonstrated expertise in providing legal and business support in staging and touring international entertainment events and stage musicals, representing producers in negotiating contractual and legal requirements and ensuring that they are implemented with local presenting partners, Sonya established a highly regarded independent entertainment law consultancy before joining Blueprint law.

Sonya has developed specialised skills in minimising the risk of presenting large scale productions and events by ensuring protection of the financial interests and creative control of the producer, successfully negotiating complex deals, driving regional and global projects forward, and collaborating with diverse stakeholders. With a passion for the arts and assisting emerging artists and producers, Sonya is also a volunteer lawyer at the Arts Law Centre Australia.   

 

Kim Walker - Board Member 

Kim began dancing with his mother, Margaret Walker AM, and his dancing career continued with the Aboriginal and Islander Dance Theatre in 1976 graduating with an Associate Diploma in 1979.  After joining Sydney Dance Company, he was appointed a principal dancer from 1980 – 1990, which he danced and performed many lead roles under the artistic direction of Graeme Murphy. During his time with Sydney Dance Company, Kim also studied at a number of other companies including the Alvin Ailey School in New York.

Kim’s choreographic career started with the Sydney Dance Company where he created several new works. As a freelance choreographer and director, Kim has worked with many major companies and directors in Australia including Opera Australia, Melbourne and Sydney Theatre Company, Richard Wherrett, Neil Armfield, Wayne Harrison and Roger Hodegman. Kim has also done extensive choreographic work for television commercials, musicals, corporate and charity launches and music film clips. 

In 1998 Kim was appointed as Artistic Director of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus where ne not only created a number of new and innovative works, but also toured the company both nationally and overseas to great acclaim. Kim has served as a member of the Arts NSW on number of Boards, on the HotHouse Artistic Directorate and, the Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. Kim was also the individual recipient of the Sidney Myer individual award in 1991.

In 2008 Kim took up the position as CEO of NAISDA Dance College Australia’s National Indigenous Dance College. 

 

Susan Rix - Board Member

Bachelor of Education (Art) - Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education.

Susan studied dance with Margaret Barr and performed with the Margaret Barr Dance Drama group, 1973-1976, and Margaret Chapple principal of the Bodenweiser Dance Centre, 1980 - 1986.

Her current role as Dance Performance Officer, The Arts Unit, supports K-12 teachers and students in their achievement of enhanced outcomes in Dance by ensuring the development, delivery and evaluation of an extensive range of high quality dance programs that meet their needs throughout the state. Susan designs and delivers professional learning for teachers to build skills and capacities through MyPL registered courses, aligned with the NSW Quality Teaching Framework.  She produces the HSC Dance CALLBACK Concerts and the NSW Department of Education’s Public Schools State Dance Festival, annually, which celebrates dance as an art form in all its expressions taught in our public schools. She is the current Dance Director for the Schools Spectacular and has been involved in the show since its inception in 1984. Susan is a valued member of the Sydney Dance Company’s Education Advisory Committee.

 

Helen O'Moore -  Board Member

Helen has a diverse range of experience working across the arts sectors, and is currently the Project Officer for ACFIPS, the NSW Industry Training Advisory Body reporting to both State and Federal government agencies on the creative industries skills needs, and the priorities and development issues for funded training. 

Previous roles include working for NSW DEC on e-newsletters and conference content management, promoting vocational training success stories. Prior to that role, Helen spent 10 years at the Sydney Opera House as the RTO Manager/Learning Consultant responsible for strategic development and management of the RTO function, the design of organisation wide training programs in response to business requirements especially in area of compliance. 

With previous experience as a regional NSW Arts Development Officer and as the Ausdance NSW Executive Officer in the 1990’s, Helen brings an understanding of the effective management skills encompassing strategic planning, human resources, project management, and financial management required of NSW arts and education organisations with a focus on improved customer service and business outcomes. 

 

Debra Reinecke - Board Member

Head of Development, Bell Shakespeare Company