Kathy Baykitch / Executive Director

Kathy has enjoyed 30 years of employment in the arts and cultural sector in wide-ranging roles such as arts and events manager, producer, educator and trainer, practitioner and community development arts worker.

She is currently Executive Director, Ausdance National.

Previously, she was Executive Producer for Shaun Parker & Company, and Faculty of Education Programme Manager at the Royal Academy of Dance, Australia, where she managed teacher training qualifications and the Academy’s Continuing Professional Development Programme. In 2016 she organised and produced the RAD’s inaugural Dance Teaching for the 21st Century: Practice and Innovation International Conference.

She was the founding director of FORM Dance Projects (formerly known as Western Sydney Dance Action), development manager at the Walkley Foundation for Journalism and has held various positions within the public and not-for-profit sectors as an event producer and project manager. Her skills include project and program management and development; marketing, sponsorship and fundraising; research; and community development.

Kathy trained in classical ballet and contemporary with professional experience in Australia and the UK as a dance artist and community arts facilitator. A BA in Dance (UWS), Graduate Diploma in Arts Management (UTS) and an MA in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey UK equipped Kathy to produce and present new work by independent dance artists and facilitate professional development and mentorship programs for dance artists and teachers. She has also lectured in creative arts education and performance studies at the University of Western Sydney.

Rachael Jennings / Communications Manager

I lead our digital publishing projects and manage the technical and editorial direction of our digital communications, marketing and information services (currently 25 hrs/wk). I work with the Ausdance Network, advocacy partners and the dance sector across Australia and internationally to ensure our information services respect and meet the business and career needs of dance professionals.

Originally from Brisbane, I was a founding member and co-curator (with Clare Dyson, Avril Huddy and Brian Lucas) of Brisbane’s CRAB Room performance space. For many years I was an artistic collaborator on site-specific performance works with choreographer Clare Dyson. I have a BA (Visual Arts) from QUT and Master of Information Studies (Internet Communication) from the University of Canberra.