The Catalyst Dance Program is an initiative of Accessible Arts the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales.
Since its inception in 2011 the program has been driven by a need to provide high quality skills development and training for dance practitioners, teachers, choreographers and dancers with and without disability currently working or interested in working in inclusive practices.
Catalyst has forged pathways in NSW for dancers with disability to engage in professional practice and to date has significantly contributed to the growth of integrated dance practice in NSW. It has reached 127 participants, engaged 7 Australian leading choreographers, 3 international choreographers, 6 mentors, fostered the development of 14 emerging dancers with & without disability, funded 15 regional dancers with disability to attend the program and engaged circa 400 audience members, many seeing integrated dance for the first time.
Introduction to Catalyst Dance Program Director (2011-2016) Sarah-Vyne Vassallo
Sarah-Vyne is a director, choreographer and teacher and has worked across commercial and contemporary dance, theatre, television and arts development spanning two decades. Sarah-Vyne is a Winston Churchill Fellow, where she undertook research and professional development with world leaders in the field of integrated practice. Her 3-month fellowship included working with, Candoco Dance Company, AXIS Dance Company, StopGap, GDance, Caroline Bowditch and Marc Brew. Throughout her career she has worked with Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Comedy Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Critical Path, Ausdance, DirtyFeet, Bankstown Arts Centre, FORM Dance Projects, Shaun Parker and Company, Sidetrack Theatre Company, Disney, ABC, Screentime and Channel 7.
In her former position as Arts Development Manager for the performing arts at Accessible Arts she developed the Catalyst Dance Program and managed projects for Arts NSW, Aging Disability and Home Care, and Ausdance NSW. Alongside being the artistic driving force of Sydney’s first professional integrated performance company Murmuration, she is also an arts consultant to Accessible Arts, Board Member of Critical Path, Committee Member of regionally based integrated program, Studio Aperio and freelance film producer for PXsquared + J Motor Films. Sarah-Vyne is a Sydney based independent artist who identifies with invisible disabilities.
Catalyst Dance has been supported by: