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.


Shannon Douglas
Public Programs Officer

Shannon joined Tasdance in early 2016 as the Administration Assistant, and now manages the Public Programs, including the Tasdance School of Dance and the casual classes for adult. Shannon has a Bachelor of Computing and has worked in various industries but has found her niche in the arts.

Shannon has always participated in dance in one form or another since the age of 4, including jazz and ballet and now swing, salsa and the adult ballet classes at Tasdance. 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.