Tasmanian's professional contemporary dance company

Our Team

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Adam Wheeler
Artistic Director

Adam is a Tasmanian born contemporary dance artist. He is a Stompin and Victorian College of the Arts Alumni who’s practice is curious on diversifying how dance can be experienced both as a performer and viewer. He has invested the better part of his 20 year career developing programs and projects in the pursuit of enhancing how young people connect with dance and enter the professional dance industry in Australia.

Adam’s performance, making and teaching career have always been closely intertwined with Adam receiving his first Federal grant in 2001 to present his first work before beginning his formal dance training at the VCA.  Adam’s performance career has seen him work with Chunky Move, Jo Lloyd, Circa Nica, 2NDTOE and Opera Australia. In 2007 Adam founded 2NDTOE with long time colleagues Frankie Snowdon, Madeleine Krenek, Benjamin Hancock, Tyler Hawkins and James Andrews. The collective made several works together and created a number of education works including founding the Alice Can Dance program (Alice Springs).

Adam has been commissioned to make work across the country and has choreographed for Lucy Guerin Inc (Pieces for Small Spaces), Stompin, QL2, Steps Youth Dance Company, fLing Physical Theatre, Tasdance and was a Next Move choreographer in 2011 for Chunky Move with It Sounds Silly. The success of It Sounds Silly was the launching pad for Adam to create Yellow Wheel and has only recently stepped down as the Artistic Director.

Between 2014-2018 Adam was working in the VET industry as the Artistic Director of The Space School of Performance Arts (2014-2016) and Head of Contemporary Development at Transit (2018). Over this time he was also commissioned to choreograph the Contemporary System of Training for the Australian Teachers of Dancing, which is taught all over Australia and south east Asia.

Adam is currently the Artistic Director of Tasdance, Vice Chair of Ausdance Victoria and the Associate Artistic Director of the Australian Youth Dance Festival.


Shannon Douglas
Administration Assistant

Shannon joined Tasdance in early 2016 as the Administration Assistant, and manages Tasdance Studio Classes, as well as the Tasdance office. Shannon has a Bachelor of Computing and extensive administration experience in various industries. Shannon has been involved in the world of dance from an early age with five years of ballet and twelve years of jazz under her belt. She is now a keen swing and salsa dancer. She has performed at Junction and Ten Days on the Island and throws the flapper dress on occasionally to perform with The Charleston Chicks, an all-girl Charleston group.

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Alison Copley
General Manager

Alison, originally from Adelaide, has spent the last 13 years working in the regional arts sector across Australia, from the northern city of Darwin where she worked at Top End Arts to Far North Queensland where she was employed as the CEO of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) to more recent times in the South as the CEO of Tasmanian Regional Arts.

During her tenure at Top End Arts in Darwin (2007 to 2010) she produced the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2009 – 2010 and was involved in the development of numerous Indigenous community cultural festivals in the remote areas of the Top End of the NT.  She was part of the team that founded the Off the Leash magazine, Darwin’s inclusive arts and cultural free magazine and what’s on guide as well as being involved in ongoing strategic planning in the arts and culture sector to assist Territory artists and arts organisations with research, marketing, audience development, business development, capacity building and event management.  

Alison was the Venue Manager of the Darwin Entertainment Centre from 2003 to 2007. 

Alison has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1990 from the University of Adelaide and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from the University of South Australia (2007).  In 2009 she was the recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship to ‘Investigate capacity building in Indigenous community cultural festivals in Canada, New Zealand and the Northern Territory’.


Martin Tunley
Finance Manager

Martin Tunley was raised in WA, the son of Professor of Music David Tunley who inspired him to be the best footballer in the family! Jokes aside, Martin’s career in the arts began at the tender age of 12 when he stood for hours selling programmes for the UWA Collegium Musicum Choir. Although he isn’t a natural name-dropper, he had piano lessons with Alice Carrard (David Helfgott’s teacher) and he reached grade 8 in the cello, playing in an orchestra conducted by Richard Gill. Rostropovich gave him a master class!  At university, he played and sang in a band called The Lantern Stalks and his best gig was supporting Paul Kelly. He is a Chartered Accountant and also a member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers to keep him on his toes. He has run his own tourism business along the Great Ocean Road. Martin has worked with Writers Victoria, Australian Poetry, Footscray Community Arts, and the Unconformity festival. He, his wife and family live on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria where he recently started his own consulting firm, The Numbers and Beyond. 


2019 Tasdance artists

Tasdance is committed to nurturing the making of new works and the development of contemporary dance artists. Our 2019 Tasdance Artists


Sofie Burgoyne

Sofie makes and performs in artistic work related to the body, in a range of contexts. Interested in the performativity of the every day, Sofie’s work utilises performative practices as public acts for personal, social and political encounter. Inherent in Sofie’s work, is reflection and critique of the place of performance and consideration of the relevance and social function of art itself. Sofie’s artistic practice has led her to make, perform and present work in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and the US. Sofie has a Bachelor of Arts (dance) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, was a participant in performance studies course TAKING POSITION | THE POLITICAL AND PLACE with Portuguese academic group Baldio and is completing a Master of Arts (Public Space) at RMIT University. Sofie is a Tasdance artist 2018 - 2020 and currently performs in the work of Miguel Pereira (O Rumo Do Fumo, POR).


Gabriel Comerford

Gabriel Comerford is an independent artist with 10 years professional experience and is a founding member of MakeShift Dance Collective.

He thrives off working across disciplines and is constantly seeking to challenge and extend himself. Whilst his practice is rooted in dance, his experiences have allowed him to learn from and incorporate elements of physical theatre, object theatre, puppetry, visual-arts, site-specific, Butoh, Suzuki integrated practice, installation and durational performance.

His interest lies in collaboration and the creative process; sifting through first impressions to expose the core of the theme or concepts at hand. He has an inquisitive mind, a powerful physicality and a captivating stage presence.


Thomas E.S. Kelly

Thomas graduated in 2012 from NAISDA Dance College and has since worked with the likes of Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company, Branch Nebula, ERTH, Chunky Move, Tasdance, Outer Urban Projects and Urban Theatre Projects.

His choreographic credits include his Green Room Award winning work [MIS]CONCEIVE, VESSEL for Outer Urban Projects and SHIFTING > SHAPES.

Thomas is a proud Bundjalung, Wiradjuri, Ni-Vanuatu man. Thomas creates work that explores high intensity physical works stemming from a cultural practice fused with contemporary, which incorporates voice and physical percussion. Creating work that ebbs and flows whilst mimicking nature. Thomas creates work that reveals subject matters that offers an opportunity to learn and develop. Remembering the past to better understand the present so we can move forward into the future.

In 2017 Thomas created Karul Projects. A new company led by new indigenous voices telling new stories. Karul Projects is resident company at PACT.

For more information about Thomas and the projects he is working on and go to www.thomaseskelly.com or www.karulprojects.com


Rachel Arianne Ogle

Rachel Arianne Ogle is a dance artist with an extensive career spanning sixteen years as a dancer, performer, choreographer, educator and arts worker. Rachel has performed with a range of companies and independent artists, including Melbourne’s Phillip Adams’ BalletLab, Perth’s Buzz Dance Theatre, Hydra Poesis, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, pvi collective and The Last Great Hunt.

Rachel’s work is distinguished by precise, physically demanding and acutely complex choreography. Her detailed approach to kinesthetic movement and energy allows intricate, elastic dynamics to emerge and immersive experiences to manifest through the dancing body.  Rachel’s works seamlessly integrate choreography and design, creating synergetic collaborations with designers across visual, spatial and sonic planes.  Focusing on the body as a site to explore temporal concepts of time, space and self, Rachel interrogates the physical language and signification of dance as a mode for both performer and audience to engage with the world as revealed through the body. Drawing from the cosmos, works often place the audience in a liminal space which oscillate between the micro and the macro.

Rachel has created work for Sydney Dance Company, Maya Dance Theatre (Singapore), Proximity Festival, Link Dance Company, WAAPA, Nat Cursio Company, STRUT Dance and STEPS Youth Dance Company.  Her work has been presented in Australia, France, Netherlands, Singapore and Nigeria.  Rachel’s full-length work precipice was nominated for both a Helpmann Award for ‘Best Dance Work’ and an Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance’ in 2015.  Rachel has studied intensively with renowned artist David Zambrano, participating in his international project ’50 Days in Costa Rica’ in 2010.

Rachel has been the recipient of an Asialink Residency (2016); an Australia Council International Residency at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre (EMPAC) in New York (2017); and most recently an Australia Council International Residency at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, to be undertaken in 2018.



Isabella Stone

Isabella Stone is a dance artist based in Perth working in both performance and choreography. Isabella trained and completed her BA in Dance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts 2009, continuing her studies with LINK Dance Company 2010. She has worked with choreographers Sue Peacock, Aimee Smith, Bianca Martin, Didier Thèron, Tyrone Robinson, Alice-Lee Holland, Emma Fishwick, Shona Erskine, Laura Boynes (Praxis) and JukStaPoz as a company member of Tasdance 2017.

Isabella’s major choreographic achievement to date was the independent production of mouseprint, premiering at the STCWA. She has created work for STEPS Youth Dance Company, WAAAPA, LINK Dance Company, Co3 Youth ensemble, short works for Strut dance’s shortcuts seasons and InSitu, and for the Tasdance season BREW.

A curious observer, Isabella is an artist who works with the present body and state of mind to imagine, embody and reflect on her experience of the world and cast light on what it is to be alive now. Produced through abstract story telling, her work has a particular focus on human interactions, the simplicity (or lack of) of living, the simple routines and seemingly mundane events.

Isabella was the 2014 recipient of the West Australian Dance Award Emerging Artist.


Our board


Peter Matthews

Peter and his family have lived near Woodend in regional Victoria since the mid-1990s. He has worked in the creative arts as an artist, manager, consultant and academic for more than 35 years. His experience encompasses many cultural settings such as: dance, youth arts, regional arts, circus, performing and visual arts, photography, community arts, tertiary education and poetry. He was Head, Arts Academy, University of Ballarat (now Federation University); CEO, Regional Arts Victoria; Deputy and Acting Director, Australia Foundation for Culture and the Humanities (now Creative Partnerships); and as a dancer and choreographer Peter worked throughout Australia and internationally. He has undertaken consultancy work for arts organisations, universities and government agencies. Peter has more than 20 years experience on Boards and committees, many as Chair. The University of Ballarat granted Peter the title of Emeritus Professor in February 2013. He holds qualifications in Engineering, Performing Arts, Management and Governance. Peter is currently President, Kyneton District Hospital and Chair, Audit Committee Macedon Ranges Shire Council.


Isabel Kratzing
Secretary (May 2015)

Isabel is a commercial lawyer with extensive experience in media, intellectual property and entertainment law. She was admitted to practice in 2006, and has previously worked at McCullough Robertson Lawyers, King & Wood Mallesons and Clayton Utz. Isabel is currently an in house legal council with Technology One Limited.


Trisha Dunn

Trisha Dunn is a Tasmanian based performer, choreographer, project manager, teacher and rehearsal director. Trisha was an integral part of Tasdance for 13 years engaged under various guises and during this time worked with over 35 Australian and international choreographers. 

Trisha has performed extensively throughout Tasmania and Australia and has had the opportunity to tour with Tasdance to New Zealand, India, China and Korea. Trisha has also performed several seasons with New Zealand based ‘Raewyn Hill and Dancers’ and Melbourne’s ‘Chunky Move’.

In March 2013 Trisha presented 'Finding Centre', a full length solo work for the Ten Days on the Island Festival, which then went on to tour Melbourne at Gasworks theatre. Trisha continues to work as a mentor and movement specialist with theatre companies and independent artists and teaches Pilates and Yoga for a wide range of businesses. 

Trisha has been honoured to contribute to the Tasdance Board over the last two years and looks forward to continuing the vital work this company enables

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Ron Layne
Deputy Chair

Ron Layne has a Masters Public Policy and Applied Social Research; Graduate Diploma Business; Graduate Certificate Marketing; Executive Certificate Event Management and a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities). Ron returns to the Tasdance Board bringing well over 40 years’ experience working in the arts, including in senior management roles at the Australia Council for the Arts specializing in policy development, strategic planning and research, and audience and market development.  He has worked in professional theatre, managed various small arts organizations and ran local government cultural programs.  In addition, Ron has had a range of sponsorship, fundraising, and development roles including for the Australia Business Arts Foundation, Hobart’s Theatre Royal, and Tasdance. He was the inaugural President and Chair of Launceston’s Junction Arts Festival and from 2012 until March 2015 was Vice-President and Deputy Chair. Ron has also served as a member of several other boards and committees including Tasdance, the Tasmanian Theatre Company, the Junction 2010 Executive Committee for the 2010 national Regional Arts Australia conference, and the Federal Government’s Playing Australia’s regional touring assessment panel.


Pat Chilvers
Treasurer (April 2017)

Pat and her family have been living in Tasmania since 1990 and permanently in Launceston since 1996. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand with over 35 years’ experience in public practice mainly at Deloittes Chartered accountants and recently as Finance Manager at HR Plus Tasmania. Pat has been dancing since she was seven years old in classical ballet, jazz and tap and is passionate about dance. Pat has been on the board of St Patricks for 7 years, with 5 years as chair of the Finance Committee and joined the board of Tasdance in April 2017.


Kai Beyerle

Kai works a lawyer, specialising in commercial law. He comes to the board of Tasdance with experience advising and assisting charities and community organisations on governance matters, as well as in relation to their property and commercial affairs.

Kai grew up in north west Tasmania, attended university in Hobart, and now works in Launceston. He is passionate about Tasmania and eager to support the work of Tasdance and the significant contributions it makes to the state’s thriving arts community.

Friends of Tasdance Inc

Friends of Tasdance Inc. is a volunteer group of people who love dance and want to support the work of the dancers, choreographic staff and other creative artists of Tasdance, Tasmania’s oldest contemporary dance company.  The membership has a management group, the Committee of the Friends of Tasdance, who work with all levels of the Company to enact the focus of the group. 

The Focus

The focus of the Friends of Tasdance is to provide personal support for the work of the dancers, choreographic staff and other creative artists.  We provide resources to make their performance and personal lives easier and more enjoyable whilst they are with the company.

The Friends of Tasdance may also join with the company staff by providing hands on assistance for major activities.

The Opportunities

As a Friend of Tasdance you will receive regular newsletters from Tasdance keeping you up to date with all the exciting news from the Company.  You will have the opportunity to attend Studio Showings for free where you can see work which has been created at Tasdance and participate in Question and Answer sessions with the artists.  You will also be invited to social events where you can meet other Friends, Tasdance Staff and Artists.  For those who want to play a more active role, you will be invited to provide transport for our artists e.g. airport pick ups, volunteer as ushers or front of house staff, help with catering and the bar for events, help in our beautiful garden or support the Company in other creative ways.

For more information, please email friendsoftasdance@gmail.com



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