Erika Goldsmith

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I am a performing artist, producer and cultural community development practitioner based in Brisbane. My work highlights the importance of creative arts in supporting the health and well-being of individuals and communities. I hold a double degree comprising a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance) and a Bachelor of Human Services at Queensland University of Technology, and I am currently completing a Masters in Communication for Social Change at the University of Queensland.

 

As a dancer and artist I have spent over 20 years training in a range of dance forms including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Bollywood, Indian Folk & Classical, Afro, Dancehall and Latin. I am currently a principal dancer and teacher at Dance Masala, Brisbane’s Premier Bollywood Dance Company. I am also a Dance Movement Therapist in training; completing an internship with NGO Many Hands International in Timor-Leste in 2012; and in 2016 commencing the Alternative Route Dance Therapy Program at the Dance Therapy Centre in Montreal. In partnership with fellow Kinetic Collective member Zoe Mitchell, I also run an inclusive community dance company called Bring A Plate, which celebrates diversity and utilises public spaces.

As an educator, I taught for five years within a language, literacy and numeracy program with people from low socio-economic and CALD backgrounds. I have also taught university bridging courses to women incarcerated at the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre. These experiences helped me develop strong cross-cultural communication skills, which I am utilising to develop a training model for Kinetic Collective staff and other organisations.

 

As a cultural community development practitioner, I have predominantly worked with at-risk youth and CALD communities. In 2012, I was a Youth Program Development Officer at the PCYC; in 2015–2016 I was a recreation program officer in Australia’s Regional Processing Centre on Nauru, which involved developing engaging, culturally appropriate and trauma informed activities for children, youth and adults; in 2016, I completed a placement at Brisbane Youth Service, providing crisis intervention, implementing a street dance program and developing a new assessment and referral system with the homelessness team. Currently I work as the co-ordinator of Logan Street University, a youth development program managed by the Ted Noffs Foundation, which utilises a multifaceted range of youth work, counselling, community development and creative engagement techniques to empower young people.

I am a founding member and the director of Kinetic Collective. In 2015, I was the lead facilitator and project manager for Kinetic Collective’s Feto Hamutuk Project and presented the evaluation and findings from my research of this project at the World Dance Alliance conference in Singapore in October 2015. My focus for Kinetic Collective is supporting the well-being of our team members and fostering an organisational culture of creativity, support and understanding.