After 15 years as a full-time dancer and choreographer / director in dance and theatre throughout Australia and overseas, Cheryl was privileged to become Dance North’s founding and longest serving Artistic Director and resident choreographer (January 1985 to January 1996). During those 11 years Cheryl oversaw Dance North touring regionally and nationally to almost sixty centres and internationally to six countries. She established the integrated residency format for touring, combining public and special interest performances with a range of master classes, workshops and lectures. As a repertoire company Cheryl invited Australian choreographers to create new work for the company and commissioned composers and leading visual artists to collaborate on productions. During this period, cultural exchange programs took place between Dance North and Vietnam, China and Japan.

This experience began a 15 year close engagement with Asia where Cheryl directed twenty cultural exchange programs, with twelve in Vietnam where she was presented with 2 gold medals from the Vietnamese government for her services to culture and to the women’s movement.

As an artist Cheryl has created/directed over 50 dance and theatre works in Australia and overseas, currently focusing on multi site performances. Accented Body for the 2006 Brisbane Festival comprised an interactive performance installation across six Brisbane sites with distributed events in Seoul and London, working with artists from Australia, UK, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. In 2013 she created Naik Naik in collaboration with interdisciplinary artists from Malaysia and Australia across 3 sites in the heritage setting of Melaka.

Following completion of her doctoral thesis on intercultural performance in Vietnam, Cheryl was appointed Head of Dance at Queensland University of Technology (2000-2006­). Since then she has continued working in the Creative Industries Faculty in research and research training, where she has held the positions of Director of Post Graduate Studies, Coordinator of the Doctorate of Creative Industries and is currently serving as an adjunct professor, Her publications encompass interdisciplinary, interactive, and site specific performance, contemporary Australian and Asian dance, and practice-led research.,_Cheryl.html

Cheryl has served as National President of the Australian Dance Council (Ausdance), Chair of the Dance Board and Emerging Choreographers Fund and member of the Theatre Board for the Australia Council, as well as a member of the Arts Advisory Committee of the Queensland Government. Cheryl was a recipient of an Australian Artists Creative Fellowship (1994-1997) and in 2003 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Dance Awards.

As Secretary General of World Dance Alliance Cheryl has coordinated and convened two Global Summits in Brisbane in 2008 and in Angers, France in 2014. In 2015 Cheryl’s roles include Artistic Advisor to Dance North and the creation of a site-specific work for its 30th anniversary, as well as teaching at NIDA, a residency at Taipei National University for the Arts, and co-editing the WDA Global Summit Proceedings.


bradley chatfield


Born in Mordialloc Victoria, Bradley is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people who are from the area which extended from around Singleton in the Hunter Valley through to the Warrumbungle Mountains in the west and up through the present-day centers ofQuirindiTamworthNarrabriWalgettMoreeLightning Ridge and Mungindi in New South Wales, to Nindigully in south west Queensland. The Kamilaroi is one of the four largest indigenous nations in Australia.

As a child Bradley trained under Vivienne Dunn before going on to The Australian Ballet School, graduating in 1990. Bradley then joined the Hong Kong Ballet with performance highlights including roles in Paquita, Spectre de la Rose, Troy Games and Tales of Hoffmann.

In 1991 he moved across to Sydney Dance Company (SDC) under the direction of Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon, remaining with this company until 2009 and performing the full company repertoire to great acclaim.

Bradley has toured extensively with SDC, both in Australia and internationally, including tours to the United States, Europe, China, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand and South America. In 2008 Bradley was appointed to the role of Deputy Dance Director and then Dance Director in 2009.

Bradley joined Dancenorth as Rehearsal Director in 2010 after having spent 18 years as a dancer at Sydney Dance Company. Bradley is highly acclaimed in the dance industry being a recipient of numerous awards including Best Male Dancer at the Green Room Awards 2003, Australian Dance Awards 2003 and Mo Awards 2004 and in 2009 was named in Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Sydney.

Beyond his work with Sydney Dance Company Chatfield’s credits include reproducing Graeme Murphy’s Sequenza VII for New Zealand’s School of Dance, starring as Mr Mistoffelees in Really Useful Group and Seoul & Co touring production of Cats in South Korea 2003/04, and performing in Worldwide Tour Company’s Aida, Garry Stewart’s THWACK.

In early 2010, along with Brett Morgan, he also reproduced Free Radicals for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts final graduation.

In 2010 Bradley travelled to New York City to reconstruct Underland on Stephen Petronio’s Company, a work originally created on Chatfield in 2003.

During his time at Dancenorth Bradley has worked as Rehearsal Director of all of Dancenorth’s mainstage works including the cry, Black Crows, MASS, Fugue, Abandon, A fall from Grace, [sic] and Allegories, a collaboration with Queensland Ballet and Expressions for The Brisbane Festival 2012.  Bradley also worked with Dancenorth’s Community and Education team.

In 2014 Bradley took up the position as the Head of Dance with the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) in Brisbane.