2020 Adjudicators



Thern Reynolds

Michelle has a widely recognised gift for crafting choreography that infuses the most loved classical ballets with a creative freshness and flair that accentuates the beauty of the original masterpiece, rather that detracting from it. This unique ability to balance the tension between innovation and tradition has earned Michelle wide respect within Australia’s dance community. 

Michelle’s passion for classical ballet was fuelled whilst on a dance study tour of Moscow in 1984 during which she spent considerable time at the renowned Moiseyev Institute, which specialises in character dance. Her classical dance and teaching skills were subsequently honed at the highly regarded Victorian College of the Arts. She was winner of the prestigious Pratt Scholarship in 1986. Her progress was rapid under the tutelage of Anne Woolliams. 

Michelle’s resume reflects an enviable breadth of experience: Apprentice, Kolobok Dance Company; Soloist, National Ballet of Israel; Principal, Saarlandisches Staatstheater Saarbrucken; Guest Artist, Klagenfurt Opera House, Austria, Principal Dancer, Martin Sierra Dance Company, Germany; Co-founder Victorian State Ballet Company; Principal, Victorian State Ballet Pre-Professional Program and Co-founder of the Victorian State Youth Ballet.

Luke Alleva

Luke began his musical theatre career in Man of La Mancha as Juan, Brains in Get Happy,Cliff for We Will Rock You Australian tour.

Luke’s West End credits include We Will Rock You at The Dominion Theatre, Saturday Night

Fever at Apollo Victoria u/s Joey, Chester and Cesar and West End Rocks Uk tour.On return to Australia Luke performed in The Rocky Horror Show u/s Brad and Eddie/DrScott, Scranton Slim & u/s Benny in Guys and Dolls, Mamma Mia u/s Pepper and Eddie,

Young Danny in Xanadu, Moonshadow the musical as Dance Captain, A Chorus Line u/s Mike,Al, Don & Larry, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The recent tour of Hot Shoe Shuffle u/s fourbrothers including Spring and also playing the role of Spring in Birdie productions Hot Shoe

Shuffle in Sydney, and currently performing in Dirty DancingImmersive Cinema inMelbourne and Sydney.

Luke is the Creative Director and Founder Of Luca Entertainment Productions. He is producing the international acclaimed Gene Kelly the legacy for the upcoming Australiantour.

He has also created many shows and including starring in One Man show The Dancin ManSydney, Melbourne, Regional Victoria and various International Cruises lines and other upcoming productions.