SUSAN VAN DEN HAM
community and outreach manager
Susan van den Ham studied dance teaching at Box Hill T.A.F.Egraduating with dance teaching and management diploma followed by a Bachelor of Dance at VCA in 20004 anda Post Graduate Diploma of Choreography in 2007.
Susie’s interest in the moving body has lead her to further develop her independent exploration into Kinesiology, Ashtanga Yoga, Shiatsu Japanese Massage, Butoh, Body Mind Centering and Feldenkrais. Drawing on these skills, Susie works across community engagement, teaching and administration, with a particularly strong interest in choreographic play and facilitating contemporary dance classes and experiences for people with a disability.
Susie has worked on performance projects by Ilan Abrahams, Tracks, Darwin Dance Collective, Caley O’Neil, Karen Heath a clarinettist, Alice Cummins, Adam Wheeler. Her performing highlights including the inaugural Pieces For Small Spaces by Lucy Guerin Inc and a short solo for 'Seamstress' season, a series of independent works presented in a sewing lounge at Melbourne Fringe ‘08. Through Sense of Place Physical Theatre, Susie performed in '1803' & 'In the field' in ‘06 and "Beautiful Noise" dance and harp work by Jess Devereux, '14.
Susie's choreographic works include: 'A Simple Dare' performed at Dancehouse, as part of a season graduating students and ‘ Black Alice’ and 'Cast Anchor' performed at Victorian Collage of the Arts as part of her graduating season.
Susie was rehearsal director for Gary Lang’s ‘Goose Lagoon’ and Project Coordinator / Performer for ‘Enroute’ an interactive physical theatre city-walk by ‘One Step At A Time Like This’ collective, presented at Darwin Festival ‘10. During her time in Darwin, Susie also worked as a dancer/ collaborator with Tracks' 'Allure of Paradise’ season, performing with Jess Devereux and Paula Lay.
As part of Dancenorth’s 30th Year Celebrations, Susie worked along side Dr Cheryl Stock as Creative Assistant in a large scale community project / performance season entitled ‘Twilight.' Susie’s role with Dancenorth as community and outreach manager sees her connecting with the diverse cultures and abilities that make up Townsville’s dance community.
Susan’s role with Dancenorth sees her connecting with the diversity that makes up Townsville’s rich community.
community and outreach coordinator
Jessica Devereux was born in Kalgoorlie WA and studied dance at VCA, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Dance ‘04 and 1st class Honours ’08. Jess’ career spans performing, choreography, community engagement, teaching, writing and photography; having developed these areas of her practice at Tracks Dance Co as Animateur '09-'14. Working closely with Artistic Directors Tim Newth & David McMicken, Jess collaborated on Tracks' spectacular outdoor performances, ran long-term choreographic development and dance film projects, worked in remote Indigenous community Lajamanu (Milpirri) and taught contemporary dance classes to youth and seniors.
Jess loves collaborating with artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, strongly influenced by her work with mentor Bec Reid. Jess is passionate about supporting dance in its' many forms, having contributed to projects by FOLA, Big West, All The Queens Men, Godinymayin, Stompin, Dirty Feet, Next Wave, Darwin Festival and Footscray Community Arts Centre.
As a dancer, Jess has performed in works by Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey, Zoe Scoglio, Rob McCredie, Mischa Baka and Caley O'Neil, and sustains a long-term creative synergy with Dancenorth's Community & Outreach Manager, Susie van den Ham. In '14 Jess was rehearsal director and dramaturg for Gary Lang’s 'Mokuy', and participated in a 6 week transitory exchange to Eastern Europe (supported by Dance Satellite) to nurture her choreographic practice and develop touring networks in Croatia and Slovenia. Most recently, Jess created 'Beautiful Noise;' an interdisciplinary collaboration involving dance, listening parties and harp sound-art '16. The work was developed at Tracks dance studio, and in a massive tropical Aviary in Berry Springs, NT. Jess is a qualified Pilates instructor, coached by Wendy Smith.