Selection panel

These are the people who need to see your performances. You can send an invitation to the Nominations Coordinator who will forward to panel members, or feel free to ask for a copy of the full contact list.

Panel members generally serve a term of three years. They try to see all local performances and are given DVDs or Youtube/Vimeo links to recordings of all nominated work to assist in the shortlisting and voting process.

If a member of the selection panel is nominated for an award, he / she is excluded from voting in that category and excluded from any discussion about that category.

The Chair, the Advisors and members of the Selection Panel participate on a voluntary basis.

It is a demanding job considering that the number of nominations increases every year and decisions are not made lightly. A thorough and fair voting system is in place, with two, sometimes three rounds of voting, depending on general consensus. The Award categories and Selection Criteria are discussed and updated regularly.

Chair: Robina Beard OAM Advisors: Lee Christofis, Jeff Meiners and Julie Dyson AM.

The panel

  1. ACT – Michelle Potter, writer, historian, curator & dance reviewer

    Michelle has a doctorate in Art History and Dance History from the Australian National University. A recipient of two Australian Dance Awards, Michelle was founding editor of Brolga–an Australian journal about dance, inaugural Curator of Dance at the National Library of Australia (2002–06) and Curator, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, NY Public Library for the Performing Arts (2006–08). Her writings and oral histories are extensive and range from major books, to articles in scholarly journals and reviews in magazines, theatre programs, newspapers and on her website Michelle Potter On Dancing.

  2. NSW – Julie-Anne Long, lecturer in dance & performance, Macquarie University

    Julie-Anne is an award-winning independent dance artist based in Sydney. Since graduating from VCA in the early 1980s she has worked in a variety of dance contexts as performer, choreographer, mentor, dramaturg, curator and producer including: Associate AD of One Extra Company with AD, Graeme Watson (1991 - 96); Acting Director of dance research organisation Critical Path (2006/07) and Dance Curator at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2009/10). In 2007 she was awarded an Australia Council Dance Fellowship, which encompassed research, development and the realisation of a body of work entitled The Invisibility Project.

  3. NSW - Cheryl Stock PhD AM, choreographer, teacher, dancer, director

    Cheryl has enjoyed a long career as a dancer, choreographer, director, educator, researcher and advocate, and in 2014 was honoured for her service in these areas with an Order of Australia. She was Dancenorth’s founding and longest serving Artistic Director and resident choreographer (1985 - 1996). In 2016 she was appointed Director of Graduate Studies and Head of Cultural Leadership at NIDA, and currently also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology. Cheryl received an Australian Dance Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2003.

  4. NT – Julia Quinn, teacher & freelance artist

    Julia is a teacher and freelance artist in Darwin. Trained as a dancer in both the NT and SA, Julia was co-artistic director of Juniper Tree Dance Co. from 1993-2002 and was the Dance Animateur for Tracks from 2002-2008. She currently works extensively for the NT Department of Education and the Cecchetti studio, The Darwin School of Ballet, and is a regular guest artist and mentor for SLIDE. With a particular interest in youth, Julia promotes dance as a pivotal tool to empower young people to excel in their lives.

  5. QLD – Denise Richardson, dance writer, critic & teacher

    Denise is the Brisbane writer/critic for Dance Australia (since 2001) and author of Brookes Street to Brooklyn: Expressions Dance Company 1984-2009. Trained as a dancer and actor, she has worked professionally in television, theatre and film and also has over 25 years experience as a teacher of ballet. Denise is a registered teacher and Life Member of the RAD and was awarded her Master of Arts from QUT, researching dance-training methodologies, in 2000. She is currently Executive Director of Ballet Theatre Queensland, the state’s premier youth ballet company.

  6. QLD - Bradley Chatfield, Head of Dance, Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts

    Born in Mordialloc, Bradley is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people. A graduate of The Australian Ballet School, Bradley then joined the Hong Kong Ballet before commencing an award-winning career with Sydney Dance Company (1991 - 2009). Bradley toured extensively with SDC, both in Australia and internationally. Bradley is highly acclaimed in the dance industry with an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer (2003). In 2009 he was named in Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Sydney, and in 2010 he joined Dancenorth as Rehearsal Director. Bradley is currently Head of Dance at the Aboriginal Centre of the Performing Arts in Brisbane.

  7. SA – Carol Wellman Kelly, dancer, teacher, mentor & director

    Carol's roles include dancer, teacher, rehearsal director, artistic director, mentor for Independent choreographers, guest lecturer and assessor for University dance and theatre courses and board member on local and federal arts funding panels. Carol choreographs for theatre companies and recently performed in A Delicate SituationLina Limosani). Trained in ballet and gymnastics with a BA in Dance from VCA, Carol performed with 2 Dance Plus (Buzz) Chrissie Parrott Dance Collective and Dancenorth. Carol has worked as dancer and in education and outreach in the UK and Europe. From 2000 - 08 Carol was Assistant Director for ADT touring across Europe, UK, Asia and USA.

  8. SA - Maggie Tonkin, dance writer, critic & journalist

    Maggie has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Adelaide, where she teaches and researches nineteenth and twentieth century literature. She trained in ballet and contemporary dance and has performed semi-professionally with the State Opera of South Australia and in independent dance works. Maggie writes for Dance Australia and occasionally for ballet-tanz, a leading European dance magazine.

  9. TAS – Lesley Graham, teacher & education consultant

    Lesley has been performing and teaching dance for over 25 years. Teaching positions include Lecturer in Dance Education and Course Coordinator of External Dance Studies at Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Education/Human Movement and sessional Lecturer in Dance at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania. She was the Education Consultant on the National Indigenous Dance project Treading the Pathways and contributed to the Curriculum Corporation’s— Access Asia project. Lesley is a co-chair of the World Dance Alliance—Asia Pacific Welfare and Status Committee.

  10. VIC – Susan Bendall, lecturer, writer and dance reviewer

    A writer and reviewer for Dance Australia magazine, Susan has a particular interest in new Australian work and the kinaesthetic empathy inherent in the viewer/dancer connection. With a practice-led research Master of Fine Arts in dance (VCA, 2015), Susan approaches the artform from multiple perspectives: the viewer, the reviewer and the practitioner. Susan is a published author and currently lectures in English for Academic Purposes at Trinity College. Through her practice overlays an objective critical response to dance as a complement to her passion.

  11. VIC – Karen van Ulzen, Editor Dance Australia

    After training as a professional dancer, Karen completed a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing, working as a freelance book and dance reviewer before joining Dance Australia first as editorial assistant then as editor. In 1998 Karen received a Churchill Fellowship to study dance companies and schools overseas. Aside from her work for Dance Australia, Karen has contributed as a dance writer to many other publications, including The Australian, Dance Magazine (US) and Ballett International. She has also published a novel, Crowning Glory and other works of short fiction. She received an Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance in 2008.

  12. WA – Shane Colquhoun, Director Colquhoun Arts Management

    Shane's dancing life began overseas and then he joined WA Ballet. He worked in various management roles in theatre and dance including GM of WA Ballet from 1992 — 96, before establishing his own business managing and supporting independent artists in Perth. Shane was the inaugural Chair of the Dance Board of the Australia Council and National President of Ausdance for six years until 1996, where he again distinguished himself as an active and visionary advocate for dance. Shane was a senior director within the WA Department of Culture & the Arts (2000 – 09), General Manager of WA’s Black Swan State Theatre Company (2009 - 14).

  13. WA - Michael Whaites, lecturer in contemporary dance, WAAPA & Artistic Director LINK Dance Company

    Working in the dance industry over 30 years, Michael was a founding member of Dancenorth and has danced with Australian Dance Theatre, Twyla Tharp and Dancers and the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. He has worked with numerous independent artists and institutions across the globe and has choreographed over 30 works both nationally and internationally. Michael has served as a member of the Dance Board of the Australia Council, of the WAAPA Board and a committee member of Ausdance NSW, Strut Dance Inc, Future Moves and Move Me. He currently sits on the advisory committee of the new dance company Co3.