Spotlight on the 2016 FABSA AGM

Every year the FABSA Annual General Meeting (AGM) provides an opportunity to hear from guest speakers who are involved within the dance industry, including The Australian Ballet.

This year, in March, we were delighted to hear from guest speakers Katy McKeown, from The Education Unit of The Australian Ballet and Michelle Ryan, Artistic Director of Restless Dance. Both are passionate woman who shared some wonderful insights into dance, and particularly in how they are both working to broaden dance education to children in need through disability, poverty or their remote location.

The AGM is always an opportunity to learn more about dance in South Australia and a chance to connect with The Australian Ballet. If you missed this years AGM in March, make sure you subscribe to the Friends of the Australian Ballet to catch next years event.

Katy McKeown
The Education Unit, The Australian Ballet

Katy McKeown joined the education unit of The Australian Ballet in April 2015 and has extensive experience in the dance profession in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

Katy’s work has encompassed a broad range of roles in performing arts including performance, program development, funding, lecturing, community cultural development, and business management.

Career highlights include: Get Scotland Dancing, a large scale Cultural Olympiad project, producing an education framework for the Royal Academy of Music, Dance and Drama (Glasgow) to support pathways to the ballet degree; Education Director with YDance for 10 years; consultant to Scottish Ballet to develop a strategic education plan and web based resource; consultant for Ausdance Victoria; leading a local government arts and culture department and as the project manager for the Australian Youth Dance Festival in South Australia.

Michelle Ryan
Artistic Director, Restless Dance

image001Michelle Ryan is an arts practitioner with over twenty years experience in the areas of film, performance, choreography and administration.

Michelle’s career in the arts initially began through work at the Queensland Arts Council. Following this Michelle joined the Meryl Tankard Company in Canberra and later the Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide. Michelle started as a performer with Tankard and later worked as Tankard’s assistant In Europe on for the Andrew Lloyd Webber West End Production, The Beautiful Game and remounting works in Portugal and Sweden.

On returning to Australia, Michelle was a founding member of Splintergroup working as the Associate Artist and Rehearsa
l Director for lawnl and underneath. From 2005 – 2010 Michelle worked at Dancenorth in various capacities including Artistic Manager, Rehearsal Director, Choreographer and as Assistant Producer.During this time Michelle created the dance film Nerve Ending which screened nationally and internationally, shortly followed by Four Short Films About Juanita.

In 2010 Michelle joined National Disability Services Queensland and in 2011  performed as a guest artist at the Brisbane Festival season of Out of Context for Pina by Les Ballet C de la B. Following this Michelle was appointed Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre in 2013.

Other memorable performances include Take Up Thy Bed and Walk, directed by Gaelle Mellis and London performances at the Unlimited Festival and the Malthouse Theatre in Torque Show’s Intimacy. Intimacy was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance at the 2015 Australian Dance Awards.

Michelle Ryan.
Photo: Shane Reid