Dance Panel


Kristy Ayre - Panel Co-Chair


Kristy Ayre is Executive Producer of Phillip Adams BalletLab, a member on the Board of Next Wave and Chair of the Green Room Awards Association Dance Panel. She Co-Produced the 2015 National Dance Forum and was an Associate Producer for the 2012 and 2014 Next Wave Festivals. Kristy has been a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts and curatorial advisor for Ausdance Victoria and Next Wave's Kickstart program. Kristy collaborated and performed for Chunky Move for over a decade (2001-2012) mostly in works by founding Artistic Director, Gideon Obarzanek. She has also performed for Lucy Guerin Inc, Shelley Lasica, Frances D'ath, Itoh Kim, Prue Lang, Natalie Cursio, Dario Vacirca, Lee Serle, Ashley Dyer and Luke George, appearing in numerous prestigious venues and Arts Festivals worldwide.

Jerry Remkes - Panel Co-Chair


JERRY REMKES is Performing Arts Programmer at Arts Centre Melbourne and Executive Producer of Countertechnique. He is a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts and for Creative Victoria. Prior to coming to Australia in 2012, he was based in Amsterdam. His roles in the Netherlands included Executive Producer and Dramaturge of dance company anoukvandijk dc, Co-Curator Dutch Dance Festival and Manager International Projects at the Theatre Institute of the Netherlands.

Marco Cher-Gibard


MARCO CHER-GIBARD is an artist working with sound to explore contemporary culture and art. His practice foregrounds live process and often employs DIY approaches and custom software solutions to sound making process. He is a constant collaborator in performance contexts and an occasional performer. Marco currently teaches Studio Production for the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Shaun McLeod


SHAUN MCLEOD is a dancer, choreographer and academic who lectures at Deakin University, Melbourne. As a dancer he danced with Australian Dance Theatre, Danceworks and One Extra Co as well as dancing in independent projects. He has choreographed a number of works including the Green Room Awards winning work Chamber (2001). His work the weight of the thing left its mark was presented as part of Dance Massive 2011. Shaun also has long-standing interest in the ways improvisation can be practiced and performed. He holds a practice-led PhD which examined the use of Authentic Movement for participatory performance.

Nina Veretennikova


NINA VERETENNIKOVA’s career spans the areas of performance, choreography, direction and pedagogy in both dance and film. An Australian Ballet School graduate, Nina was a founding member of the Sydney Dance Company (SDC) under Graeme Murphy’s direction for 13 years. During this time Nina developed her own choreographic works for SDC and the Australian feature film The Everlasting Secret Family. Nina holds a BA degree in film and television from AFTRS specialising in direction. Credits include Tales from a Suitcase and Body of Evidence. A certified teacher, Nina has worked with Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, NAISDA, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Opera Australia and Chunky Move. Since 2002 she has taught classical ballet and various somatic practices at the Victorian College of the Arts.