Our management team is a group of individuals committed to the Company’s vision. The team has key industry and community representatives, including a founding FDC member. Four members are current FDC artists, ensuring that feedback from the company of dancers can be shared directly with management.
Executive Director – Shihoko Pearson
Shihoko started learning and performing for Studio One Dance Academy in the country town of Mansfield in 1997, and dance has been her creative outlet since. Whilst seeking to broaden her dance experience, and moving to Melbourne to commence tertiary studies, she joined Flare Dance Ensemble at the University of Melbourne in 2003, performing in Footnotes (2003) and Rhythmicity (2004) where she held a committee role as Vice President. After a minor break to complete a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (2006), Shihoko returned the following year to dance with Flare Dance Company and has performed in our annual productions since. Shihoko’s favourite styles are jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary. In 2014 she was invited by Travel Art Dance Company to play the title role in Australasian Chinese Theatre’s production “The Search for Xiao Li’s Head – A Magical Tale of Female Re- memberment”, a unique collaboration of improvisational dance, storytelling, and live music on an outdoor stage. Still a practising physiotherapist, her current interests are undertaking Italian, netball, gymnastics at Wesley College, literature and fine dining.
Deputy Executive Director – Matilda Slatter
Matilda has been learning dance since she was 10 years old, training in Jazz, Cabaret, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Funk and Acrobatics at Alison Marshall’s All That Jazz dance school in country Victoria. At the age of 13 she became an assistant teacher and at 16 was teaching classes at the school. She moved to Melbourne in 1998 to study full time dance at the Dance Factory where she gained a certificate 3 in Commercial Dance and Performance. Between travelling and working overseas, she has continued to study other styles of dance including Belly Dancing, Salsa, Street Latin, Tango and Hip Hop. Matilda currently works as a Fitness Instructor, Pilates Mat instructor and Dance Teacher. Missing performing and dancing with a group, Matilda was over the moon when she found and joined FDC in 2011 and has enjoyed every minute with them since.
Finance Manager – Jane Khoo
Jane established the Flare Dance Company Inc. in 2007 because she believes that dance projects bring people together and provide unique opportunities to give back to the community and make a difference through collaboration and partnership. She has led and coordinated the team of over 30 personnel since 2007. She has key responsibilities for business strategic and operations planning, marketing and promotion, and engagement and collaboration with key external stakeholders. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the local community, Jane was awarded the Special Commendation Award – Volunteering from the City of Boroondara in 2013. Professionally, Jane works as a Clinical Neuropsychologist and applies her specialist interpersonal skills to her role within this arts organization.
She brings with her prior experience as the Founding Artistic Director and President of the Flare Dance Ensemble at the University of Melbourne, which she established in 2001. She was awarded the University’s “Louise Homfrey Prize” for her outstanding contribution to theatre and dance in 2002. She continued in the capacity of its Artistic Director until 2006, with a determination to ensure sustainability via careful management and artistic succession planning. The Ensemble is now highly reputable, boosts a membership of over 500 students and continues to flourish today.
Marketing Manager – Emily Lehmann
Emily started dancing at age seven, when she first learnt to ‘kick ball change’ to 90s classics like ‘Sexy Eyes’ and ‘Where Do You Go’. It was then that the seed was planted and Emily went on to train in modern jazz, classical ballet, tap and contemporary. Throughout her school days, she performed and choreographed solo and group works for regular productions, participated in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge and completed VCE dance. Emily discovered and joined FDC in 2013 and believes she is part of something quite special. She loves the culture, flexibility and opportunity that FDC provides to adult amateur dancers seeking to create and perform. Outside of FDC, Emily works in PR and communications for the research sector. She likes to travel whenever she can and enjoys skiing, pilates and yoga.
Administrative Officer – Tonia Beggs
Tonia’s love of dance stems from watching Musical theatre productions in her hometown of Ballarat. She commenced Jazz ballet classes at the age of 10 and went on to learn Classical Ballet (RAD), contemporary and tap from age 13. Throughout her high school years she performed in school and community productions, as well as competing in eisteddfods and completing VCE dance. After moving to Melbourne in 2003 to attend La Trobe University, Tonia searched for a way to continue her love of dancing. In 2007 she started Street & Ballroom Latin tuition, learning the basics in a range of Latin styles. Her focus has since been on learning and performing Latin dance styles whenever time permits! Her favourite Latin styles are Salsa (L.A. & Cali styles) and Reggaeton (Latin hip hop), though she has learnt Zouk Lambada, Cha Cha, Tango & Bachata along the way. Flare Dance Company is just what Tonia has been looking for, combining a sense of community together with an opportunity to share with others her passion for dance.
Social Officer – Dominique Mulhane
Dominique began taking ballet lessons at the age of 3 at Miss Anita’s School of Dance. At 6 years old she began jazz and tap classes. Taking part in the annual concert was always the highlight of the year. During high school, Dominique also took some hip-hop and contemporary classes. She participated in all of the dance productions, assisted with choreography and competed in two Rock Eisteddfod Challenges. After moving to Melbourne to attend university, she found it difficult to fit in dancing. She discovered Flare Dance Company in 2015, and has loved the opportunity to dance again.