About

As a major champion of the arts in regional North Queensland, Dancenorth balances a dynamic regional presence with a commitment to creating compelling contemporary dance that tours the globe.  Led by Artistic Director Kyle Page and Associate Artistic Director Amber Haines, Dancenorth is an integral part of the Australian dance ecology making a significant contribution to the dance sector and building literacy around contemporary dance nationally.

Dancenorth empowers and supports artists by providing a creative hub for many artistic voices including a diverse range of choreographers, guest collaborators, artists in residence and dancers.

 

KYLE PAGE – DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER

Kyle Page is an Australian director, choreographer and performer.  Since being appointed Artistic Director of Dancenorth in 2014, he has co-directed five works, Syncing Feeling, Spectra and Rainbow Vomit, Tectonic and Major Festivals Initiative commissioned Dust. Kyle has danced with many of Australia’s most renowned choreographers including Meryl Tankard, Garry Stewart, Lucy Guerin, Gideon Obarzanek, Gavin Webber, Antony Hamilton and Stephanie Lake. He has held residencies in Varanasi, India (Asialink); Aajuna, Qaqortoq Greenland; and sailed a Barquentine tall ship around Svalbard on the Arctic Circle Residency. He was awarded a 2017 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and was Segment Director of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony.

 

AMBER HAINES – DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER

Amber has co-directed four full-length works for Dancenorth including Syncing Feeling, Spectra, Rainbow Vomit and Major Festivals Initiative commissioned Dust. These works have been performed in Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival, OzAsia Festival, MOFO, KAAT (Yokohama) and Chaillot (Paris). As a dancer Amber has worked with acclaimed choreographers including Chunky Move / Gideon Obarzanek, Australian Dance Theatre / Garry Stewart, Lucy Guerin Inc / Lucy Guerin, Stephanie Lake and Tracie Mitchell. She is a multi-award nominee for the Australian Dance, Helpmann and Green Room Award for Best Dance Performance by a Female. Amber has held residencies in Varanasi, India (Asialink); Aajuna, Qaqortoq Greenland; and sailed a Barquentine tall ship around Svalbard (Arctic Circle Residency). Amber is Dancenorth’s company photographer.

 

SAMANTHA HINES – COMPANY DANCER

Samantha Hines was born and raised in Sydney, Australia where she studied a range of styles of dance at Ettingshausens Dynamic arts. She then went on to study full-time contemporary and classic dance at Sydney’s Ev and Bow under the directorship of Sarah Boutler and Lisa Evans. In 2010 her training continued at New Zealand School of Dance and in her final year was hire by Australian Dance Theatre. While with Australian Dance Theatre, Samantha performed and toured extensively with the company throughout Australia, Europe and Asia. In 2013 she embarked on the Australian tour of G as well as Proximity at the Arts Centre Melbourne along with two European tours of Proximity in 2013 & 2014. In 2015 she performed in three European tours of Multiverse, as well as the Australian national tour of Be Your Self.

Samantha has collaborated and performed in the world premier seasons of Daniel Jaber’s ‘Nought’ (2013), Garry Stewart’s ‘Multiverse’ (2014), ‘Habitus’ (2016) and ‘Beginning of Nqature’ (2016). Since leaving Australian Dance Theatre Samantha has collaborated and performed in the premiere of ‘Attractor’ (2016) by Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek in partnership with Dancenorth; for which she was shortlisted for a Helpmann award for best female performer in a dance/physical theatre performance. She then went on to premier Stephanie Lake’s work ‘Pile Of Bones’ (2017) and Dancenorth’s ‘Tectonic’ (2017). She has since joined Dancenorth as a full-time member.

 

JENNI LARGE – COMPANY DANCER / ASSISTANT REHEARSAL DIRECTOR

Jenni trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She graduated in 2010 receiving the Hawaiian Award for most outstanding graduate. During her studies she completed the international exchange program at the Taipei National University of the Arts and traveled to the United States to perform at the World Dance Alliance.

As an independent artist, Jenni has developed, performed and toured works by Aimee Smith, Sue Peacock, Isabella Stone, Leigh Warren and Dancers, Ashley McLellan and Preying Eye Productions.

From 2012-2013 Jenni was a member of Tasdance under artistic director Annie Greig, performing and touring works by Anton, Francis Rings, Larissa McGowan, Anna Smith, Marnie Palomares, Byron Perry and Tanja Liedkte.

Jenni choreographed The Ultimate Human Seduction as a founding member of the Sydney-based Dance Makers Collective in 2013, The Untitled Lion Project with collaborator Jack Ziesing as a part of the IndepenDANCE project in 2015 and more recently, Baby Heaven Love Voice as part of Dancenorth’s 2017 Tomorrow Makers Season.

Jenni joined Dancenorth in 2015 under the directorship of Kyle Page and Amber Haines. Performance highlights include touring nationally and internationally, A pre-Emptive Requiem for Mother Nature by Alisdair Macindoe; If__Was__ a double bill by Ross McCormack and Stephanie Lake, The Three Dancers by Lee Searle; Attractor by Lucy Guerin Inc and Gideon Obarzanek, Rainbow Vomit and Spectra by Amber Haines and Kyle Page. In 2017 Jenni also undertook the role as Assistant Rehearsal Director.

 

ASHLEY MCLELLAN – COMPANY DANCER

Ashley was born in Cairns and began dancing at the age of 7 with ‘Creative Moves’, and later at ‘Daphne Learoyd School of Dance’ in Shepparton, Victoria.

Ashley graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Dance) in 2010, where she was awarded the, Dance Theatre of WA Award 2008, Leinster Award for Dance 2008, and the Hawaiian Award for Ballet 2010.

During and after her training, Ashley spent four years performing with the West Australian Ballet, under the directorship of Ivan Cavallari performing corps de ballet and soloist roles.

She received the award for, Outstanding Performance by a Female in Melbourne’s Short and Sweet Festival for her self-choreographed solo, Other in 2013, and was granted a successful recipient of the Australia Council’s ArtStart Grant 2014, during which time she danced in workshops and festivals across Europe and Asia. Upon returning to Australia, Ashley choreographed and performed Pearl for Lucy Guerin Inc.’s season of Pieces for Small Spaces.

In 2015 Ashley performed in Melanie Lane’s work, Merge for Melbourne’s Dance Massive festival and began dancing full time with Dancenorth Australia, under the newly appointed director Kyle Page.

Over the years Ashley has worked with artists such as Graham Murphy, Marcia Haydee, Garry Stewart, Ivan Cavallari, Nana Bilus Abaffy, Tony Yap, Gregory Lorenzutti, Alisdair Macindoe, Melanie Lane, Kyle Page, Amber Haines, Geoffrey Watson, Stephanie Lake, Ross McCormack, Lee Serle, Lucy Guerin Inc. and Gideon Obarzanek to name a few.

 

MASON KELLY – COMPANY DANCER

Mason Kelly, originally from Geelong, Victoria, attended The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in Melbourne where he trained for three years. In 2013 he commenced full-time training as a contemporary major at The New Zealand School of Dance.

During his time at NZSD Mason performed in the World of Wearable Arts, directed by Malia Johnston and NZSD’s choreographic season of ’The Residents’ directed by Victoria Colombus which toured to Tempo Dance Festival Auckland. He also worked with James O’Hara, Lina Limosani, Michael Parmenter, Nils Christe and Ursula Rob. In 2015, at the start of his third year, Mason was lucky enough to join Dancenorth under the new directorship of Kyle Page. Since then he has performed and toured works around Australia by Alisdair Macindoe (A Pre-Emptive Requiem for Mother Nature) , Ross McCormack (If Form was Shifted), Stephanie Lake (If Never was Now), Lee Serle (The Three Dancers), Kyle Page and Amber Haines (Rainbow Vomit, Spectra) and Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek (Attractor). He has also worked with the Townsville community choreographing and teaching workshops.

 

GEORGIA RUDD – COMPANY DANCER

Georgia graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance as a contemporary major in 2015. During her training, Georgia performed two new works, Preface – Homage to a Risk (presented at Tempo Dance Festival) and Visions of Salome (M1 Contact Dance Festival Singapore) by Ross McCormack’s company Muscle Mouth. While studying she also worked with, Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich, James O’hara, Matthew Smith, James Pham, Thomas Bradley and Sarah Foster-Sproull.

Professionally, Georgia has performed works by several choreographers in 2016, her first year with Dancenorth; Rainbow Vomit (Kyle Page and Amber Haines), If Form Was Shifted (Ross McCormack), If Never Was Now (Stephanie Lake), The Three Dancers (Lee Serle), and Attractor (Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek).

 

FELIX SAMPSON  – COMPANY DANCER

Born in Wellington, Felix studied at the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD), graduating in 2015 with a Diploma in Dance Performance. While studying at NZSD he worked with many influential choreographers such as Ross McCormack (Preface: Hommage to a risk), Douglas Wright (Rapt excerpts), Craig Bary (Rapt excerpts) Thomas Bradley (Conditions of Entry), Iratxe Ansa (Metamorphosis 2015) and Sarah Foster-Sproull (Forgotten Things) among many others.

Upon graduating, Felix worked with Malia Johnston in her short work Semble which was performed at the Cubadupa Festival in Wellington, and World of Wearable Art during their mini show at the Brancott Estate.

Felix then joined Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) in May 2016 as a full-time company dancer. Upon joining ADT he performed in the return season of Ignition working with choreographers such as Lina Limosani, Katrina Lazaroff, Erin Fowler, Matte Roffe and Thomas Fonua. He then performed multiple works under the choreographer and directorship of Garry Stewart; Objekt, The Beginning of Nature, and Doppelganger.

 

JACK ZIESING  – COMPANY DANCER

Jack began dancing in Canberra at Quantum Leap Youth Dance Company under the direction of Ruth Osborne.

In 2008 Jack undertook training at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. During his studies he travelled to Taiwan and the United States, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance.

Jack joined Expressions Dance Company in 2011 under artistic director Natalie Weir. He performed in many of Weir’s signature award winning works, touring extensively nationally and internationally, collaborating with other companies including Queensland Ballet, LDTX/Beijing Dance, Singapore Dance Theatre and Guangzhou Modern Dance Company.

In 2016 he performed in Ohad Naharin’s Decadance for STRUT as part of the MoveMe festival in Perth.

2017 saw Jack performing in Stephanie Lake’s award winning Pile Of Bones, he premiered his work A Hellish Thing as part of QL2’s This Poisoned Sea and joined Dancenorth under the direction of Kyle Page and Amber Haines as a full time company member. During his time at Dancenorth, Jack has performed in Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek’s Attractor, Tectonic, the 2018 Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, Gabrielle Nankivell’s Surge, Rainbow Vomit and Dust.

Jack is a multiple nominee for the Australian Dance Awards, Green Room Awards and Robert Helpmann Awards for Best Dance Performance by a Male.

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