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.
Claire Gammon, Program and Projects Manager
Claire has a 20 year career in Dance and in that time has worked in a variety of roles and contexts. Claire trained professionally as a dancer and graduated from Roehampton University with honours in Dance Studies. She went on to take a Post Graduate degree in Dance Education. As a Senior Lecturer in Dance studies at the University of Chichester, she developed the undergraduate curriculum for technique and choreographic studies and at the time was the Director of Wavelength Dance Theatre. She was later appointed Head of Dance at Bedales, and worked to develop a strong Youth Dance Program within the school and wider community. After moving to Sydney in 2013 she worked as State Manager of the Australian Girls Choir. She lead a team of 70 staff and produced the large scale concerts at Sydney Opera House, the public and high profile events with Hugh Jackman, Qantas and Channel 7, 9 and 10. She also coordinated the national touring program and managed the 'a3' education program for the Catholic Education Office, Parramatta.
Lauren Vassallo, Marketing Manager
Lauren Vassallo’s role focusses on media, marketing and communications for Ausdance NSW. Lauren leads on the design of engaging sector collateral through all marketing channels such as social media platforms, website and e-news, support material for projects & programs, both digital and print and the organisation’s overall visual presence.