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Karen Veldhuizen, Cataylst Dance Resident

Karen Veldhuizen, Catalyst Dance Resident, is a beneficiary of a mentoring relationship with Michelle Ryan, as part of the Catalyst Dance Development program.

Karen says about her experience, “I received many unexpected outcomes. Not only was Michelle a source of knowledge and professional support, but she came alongside me as a friend and fellow-traveller. This had the unexpected result of validating and affirming my identity as an artist. And most wonderfully for me was the discovery that the story that told itself in her body connected so keenly with my own.”

“Michelle supported my investigations leading into an artistic residency (my first one ever!) and encouraged me to pursue artists and groups whose work inspired me. One of the most unexpected outcomes of my development this year was an invitation to secondment with Murmuration, NSW. I am sure I would not have stepped into this possibility without the companionship of a mentor like Michelle.”