Artistic Director & Founder
Cadi McCarthy has been actively engaged in dance as a professional dancer, choreographer, educator and director. Cadi holds a Masters in Education, Diploma of Education (Secondary) and (Further Education & Training), and a BA Dance.
In 2014, Cadi founded Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub in Newcastle. In 2018 Cadi was the recipient of of the NSW Mid-Career Regional Arts Fellowship and in the same year received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts to create: That Place in Between, in partnership with the Civic Theatre, Newcastle presented in the subscription season in October 2018.. In 2017 Catapult’s youth initiative: The Flipside Project was the recipient of an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance.
Between 2009 – 2013, Cadi was the Artistic Director of Buzz Dance Theatre, WA. With the company Cadi created over 10 full length works to critical acclaim. The work Look the Other Way, received a 2014 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth and Community Dance. Whilst with the company Cadi established and grew numerous community programs. The Big Stretch program was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Community/ Regional Dance at the WA Dance Award and the 2010 Arts and Aboriginal Health Award. Cadi also been the education consultant for the Queensland Ballet and the Western Australian Ballet.
Cadi was the recipient of a 2007 Churchill Fellowship, Cadi spent time working with dance companies in Denmark, UK, Germany, USA, and Canada. In the same year she was awarded a residency at Chez Bushwick in New York. In 2009 Cadi travelled to Taiwan as the Australian Delegate of the World Dance Alliance, International Youth Choreographic Project.
She created the independent company Cadi McCarthy & Company in the ACT in 2002, where she created 6 full length works including Awkward, Shambles and Grappling for the Edge. With the company she was the Recipient of a 2004 & 2006 Canberra Critics Circle Awards.
Cadi danced professionally with Paige Gordon and Performance Group (1996 – 1998) and with Buzz Dance Theatre (1998–2002).
Sally has over 15 years experience working in arts management. For the last two years she was General Manager for Legs On The Wall, Sydney and prior to that she was General Manager for Liz Roche Company (formerly Rex Levitates Dance Company) based in Dublin, Ireland. She also previously held the position of General Manager of the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland and worked for the St Patrick’s Festival, Ireland.