Our Team

Advocating for Dance in Queensland

Find out more about the Ausdance QLD team and Management Committee

Kate Usher

Executive Director

Kate Usher is a Brisbane based Producer. Kate graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2008 with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance), a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration in 2009 and a Masters in Creative Production and Arts Management in 2011, where her thesis ‘The Business of Dance: Identifying the Skills and Knowledge for becoming a Self Producer’ was awarded the grade of High Distinction. A big believer in ‘life-long learning’ Kate is working through an MBA at Queensland University of Technology researching trends in the Cultural Economy.

In her spare time Kate curates Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance and is a co-founder with Glyn Roberts of this emergent arts organization. Prior to this Kate held the role of Associate Producer at Metro Arts working across all art forms in contemporary performance, Producer at World Science Festival Brisbane, and her formative years were spent with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in the Arts Programming team. During her time with QPAC Kate worked on numerous projects such as: in-theatre performance, commercial projects, large scale events and bespoke festivals. Projects dear to her heart are Out of the Box festival for Children and QPAC’s International Series.

With her freelance producing practice, Kate has also worked for Woodford Folk Festival, La Boite Theatre Company, Brisbane City Council and Artslink.

Kate is a keen advocate for Independent Dance and was a member of the Ausdance Queensland management committee 2010 – 2016. Furthermore, Kate still enjoys rolling and flying in a good contemporary class.

Erika Goldsmith

Dance Development Officer

Erika is a performing artist, producer and cultural community development practitioner based in Brisbane. She holds a double degree comprising a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance) and a Bachelor of Human Services at Queensland University of Technology, and is currently completing a Masters in Communication for Social Change at the University of Queensland. She is also a Dance/Movement Therapist in training and completed the Alternative Route Dance Therapy Program at the Dance Therapy Centre in Montreal.

As a dancer and artist she has spent over 20 years training in a range of dance forms including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Bollywood, Indian Folk & Classical, Afro, Dancehall, Cuban Rumba and other Latin styles. She was a principle dancer at Dance Masala for the last 5 years and is now dancing with Y.C.V studios. In 2017 she co-founded Bring A Plate – an Inclusive Dance Company based in Brisbane, which celebrates diversity and utilises public spaces.

As a cultural community development practitioner, she has predominantly worked with at-risk youth and CALD communities. She has developed and implemented programs in a range of challenging contexts including Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre, Australia’s Regional Processing Centre on Nauru, Brisbane Youth Service and Logan Street University, an alcohol and drug support youth centre.

She is a founding member and the director of Kinetic Collective an Arts for International Development NGO that collaboratively develops creative approaches to challenging social and environmental issues that affect communities around the world. This has involved implemented multi-art form projects including several major DFAT-funded projects with artists from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, The Philippines & Sudan.

Erika is the Dance Development Officer at Ausdance QLD as of March 2019 and is on a mission to get Queensland dancing!

Ashleigh Musk

Project Producer

Ashleigh is a Brisbane-based dance artist, creator, producer and community arts facilitator. After graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) in 2012, Ashleigh moved to Europe and completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Contemporary Dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) in 2013 and a Postgraduate in Production and Cultural Event Management at the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2016.

In 2013, Ashleigh co-founded AGITART: Figueres es mou (Spain), a cultural project consisting of an internationally-recognized annual festival, audience engagement projects, a touring dance company, theatre programming and collaborations with international partners.

Alongside her work in arts management, Ashleigh has also worked as a performer with international companies and choreographers, including Grace Euna Kim (BCN), Jamaal Burkmaar Dance for the Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase, Denada Dance Theatre (Spain/UK), James Wilton Dance, Ben Wright and Frauke Requardt (UK). She has choreographed for and performed in festivals throughout the world, including the Guandong Modern Dance Festival (China), 2High Arts Festival (Australia), Sismógraf (Spain), Swallowsfeet (UK) and Ripollesdansa (Spain).

Returning to Brisbane from Spain in 2018, Ashleigh is currently Projects Producer at service organisation Ausdance QLD as well as Program Manager with Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance and working as an artist and community arts facilitator with GUTS DANCE (Central Australia).

Stephanie Pokoj

Adminstration and Communications Officer

Stephanie completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Industries in 2017 majoring in advertising  (QUT), as well as holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Dance Performance (QUT). Stephanie has expanded her practice into arts marketing putting her skills in graphic design, website design and management into effect working closely with the Independent Arts sector and freelance commercial contracts.

From 2017 to 2019 she was the Marketing and Development Coordinator for Brisbane’s Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance, as well as sitting on the Supercell Managment Committee.  

As her time as a dancer, Stephanie has worked and trained in Australia and UK. She has performed and choreographed for Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance, Bleach* Festival, Outcast Performing Arts, Lucid Dance Company and other independent artists. Stephanie still teaches ballet and contemporary for local Brisbane dance studios.

Stephanie joined Ausdance QLD in March 2018. 

Management Committee

The Ausdance QLD management committee members meet up every six weeks. They are responsible for the governance of Ausdance Queensland.

Renee Place

Chair

Renee is an Arts Advocate, Dance Educator and Dance Educational Consultant.

Cath Parker

Vice-Chair

Cath join the ADQ board in 2019.

Lynne Masters

Treasurer

Lynne is the Head of Finance at Queensland Ballet.

Lisa McCready

Secretary

Lisa is the Deputy General Manager at Circa Contemporary Circus.

Gail Hewton

Ordinary Member

Gail is a passionate Community Dance Artist working with older people.

Dr. Jordin Steele

Ordinary Member

Jordin works in arts and cultural strategy and policy design for Brisbane City Council.

Julie Chenery

Ordinary Member

Juile is an educator, counsellor and long term dance-o-phile. Motivated by creating options and opportunities to help people thrive.

Meg Cooper

Ordinary Member

Meg is the founder of Mad Dance House.