SUSAN VAN DEN HAM
EDUCATION and outreach manager
Susan van den Ham studied dance teaching at Box Hill T.A.F.E graduating with a dance teaching and management diploma followed by a Bachelor of Dance at VCA in 2004 and a 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 Somatic movement. Drawing on these skills, Susie works across community engagement, managing the teaching and administration, with a particularly strong interest in choreographic play and facilitating contemporary dance classes and experiences for people with a disability and elderly.
Susie has worked on performance projects by Ilan Abrahams, Tracks, Darwin Dance Collective, Caley O’Neil, Karen Heath a Melbourne based clarinettist, Alice Cummins and 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’ during 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.
EDUCATION and outreach coordinator
From the North Side of Brisbane, Andrea started dancing at the Desley Donaldson Ballet Academy where she completed several ballet and tap exams and was instilled a love of dance. Andrea went on to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Queensland University of Technology graduating with Distinction in 2010. She then completed a Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2015.
Andrea’s curiosity about the human body and experience with Pilates and Yoga during her full time studies prompted her to complete Pilates instructor qualifications in mat work, advanced mat work and small props. She is also currently completing her Certificate III in fitness.
Andrea spent several years freelance teaching in Brisbane and performing as an independent artist in events such as Anywhere Theatre Festival, Claire Marshall’s Hey Scenester!, Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Grease as well as a number of student Honours works. She then choreographed for Lost Boy’s Theatre Company’s How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. She also made guest appearances on Channel Ten’s Totally Wild and Wurrawhy as well as dancing for the official opening of the Clem 7 Tunnel and at Australia Zoo for Bindi’s Birthday.
Andrea moved to North Queensland in 2014 to coordinate the opening of a Performing Arts department at Mio College in the Burdekin where she facilitated a Certificate III in Performing Arts to local high school students. In 2016 Andrea moved to Townsville to continue her freelance teaching including open classes for Dancenorth. In October 2016 she was invited to join Susie Van Den Ham on the company’s regional workshop tour Queensland coastal loop.
In 2018, Andrea commenced her role as Community Outreach Coordinator and is excited to assist in strengthening the relationship between the Townsville community and Dancenorth.