The Ausdance NSW Team

For General Inquiries Please Email Administration.

or call (02) 9256 4800 
Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm.

Image: Kiri Morcombe, Michelle Silby, Jo Clancy, Chris Mifsud

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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Jo Clancy, Dance Development Officer

Jo Clancy is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people of Western NSW but was raised and still lives on Gundungurra and Darug country in the Blue Mountains with her family. Jo commenced her full-time dance training at NAISDA Dance College in 1990 and then went on to the University of Western Sydney where she became the first Aboriginal person to gain a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in NSW. After graduating from UWS, Jo worked as an independent Dance Artist performing and teaching throughout Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. In 1998 Jo was appointed Artistic Director of Katoomba Dance Theatre where she worked for 7 years, advocating strongly for youth dance. In 2005 Jo returned to NAISDA where she began her training, but this time as Head of Dance. Jo has an ongoing relationship with Erth Visual and Physical and works with them as a choreographer and puppeteer. She has toured and performed with Erth at the Sydney Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, the Sydney Children’s Festival and the Sydney Opera House. In 2011 Jo was a Steering Committee member for the Darung Muru ~ Dance Pathways Inaugural NSW Aboriginal Dance Forum and has continued to play a major role in the Birrang initiative over the past 3 years. Jo teaches at NAISDA and coordinates NAISDA’s Arts NSW Garabara Ngurra High School Dance Camp. Jo is the founder and Director of the Wagana Aboriginal Dancers and teaches in schools and communities across NSW. In July 2016 Jo travelled to Denmark with Wagana to teach and perform at Dance and the Child International. 

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Chris Mifsud, Arts Administration

Chris found his passion for dance at 14 and commenced training in Contemporary, Ballet and Jazz at Dance Xtreme under the guidance of Kasey Lynch. After years of further training, study and experiences with Australian and international choreographers, he went on to graduate from Adelaide College of the Arts with a BA in Contemporary Dance Performance. Chris has toured to Singapore and Papua New Guinea with 2 companies, danced in Opera Australia's 'Orpheus in the Underworld', successfully auditioned for the 2014 Season of SYTYCD, performed in 4 Adelaide Fringe Festivals, including a festival feature choreographed by Larissa McGowan, and performed in the 2014 Brisbane Festival with Outcast Performing Arts, a contemporary dance and opera company. In 2014 Chris auditioned for DV8's European tour of 'JOHN', making it into the final selection, then went on to audition and win a position in the 2015 Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year. Most recently, Chris had the opportunity to appear as a Sydney Dance Company Associate Dancer in the David Jones 2016 Autumn/Winter Fashion Show. Alongside his performance career, Chris has also maintained and developed his teaching and choreographic skills, teaching contemporary, lyrical, jazz and ballet for 8 years. Chris currently teaches classes and workshops regularly at Sydney Dance Company. In 2016 Chris will be performing as a featured dancer in Limitless Dance Company's 'Both Sides'. Chris also has a Diploma in Social Media Marketing and a certificate in General Marketing with over 2 years joint experience in administration and marketing roles within Arts, Entertainment, Real-Estate and Photography. 

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Jonathan Homsey, Arts Media and Marketing

Jonathan Homsey is an arts maker and manager interested in the intersection of street dance, visual art and social engagement. A graduate of Victorian College of the Arts, Jonathan in 2013 graduated with a Master’s Degree in Arts Management with Distinction from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. His final project was his first full-length work, Together As One, received critical acclaim and was remounted for the Hub of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Homsey was also awarded Best Emerging Producer in the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013. In 2015, Jonathan debuted his second work Vessel as an Artist-in-Residence at City of Maribrynong. He is currently creating site specific and work in gallery spaces, is also employed by Victorian College of the Arts/University of Melbourne as a lecturer in dance and has worked for organisations such as Deakin University, Gertrude Street Projection Festival and Phillip Adams BalletLab. Homsey is currently exploring ceramics and virtual reality filming into his practice with the performance and pottery series Fragments and Remnants debuting at Blindside Gallery September 2017 exploring his Syrian heritage and destruction of native cultures. 

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