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MEET YOUR FULL TIME PERFORMING ARTS COURSE TEACHERS FOR 2016

30 of Australia’s top full time performing arts course teachers share their advice…
NSW,SA,VIC,QLD,WA


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The Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA)
ampa.edu.au | [email protected] | 02 9555 1666
Adele Hyland
Acting Head of Dance
“My top five: Find a mentor who is not only highly experienced but is prepared to provide truthful advice. Set your goals and the pathway towards those goals. Maintain a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle regime. Work with the best and most experienced teachers, then work your butt off and don’t waste time. And most importantly hard work is more important than talent.”
Adele represented Australia in three World Championships, winning the National Titles in 4 styles of dance. She has choreographed for Strictly Ballroom and Dancing with the Stars and won the United States Heritage Award for International Services to Dance for the coordination and choreography of the Sydney 2000 Olympics Closing Ceremony. Adele has been teaching for 35 years at private and primary and tertiary schools within the NSW Education system.


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Alegria Dance Studios
alegria.com.au | [email protected] | 02 9358 2677
Hilary Kaplan
Director and Principal
“Students must be persistent to achieve their goals. Although success in ballet requires a number of physical and mental attributes, persistence is essential at all levels of training and performance. For instance, things like turning out and lengthening the spine are never achieved once and for all. It requires consistent willpower and awareness both to acquire the technique and to execute it. As teachers, we are constantly facing the situation of having to find fresh ways of getting the same message across to the students.”
Hilary trained with Reina Berman in South Africa and the Royal Ballet School. She danced professionally with PACT and CAPAB in South Africa. Hilary is an RAD Dual Examiner and tutor for the RAD, conducting numerous courses both nationally and internationally.


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Classical Ballet 121
classicalballet121.com | +61 451 953 768
Gillian Macleod
Director
“Quality before Quantity! Careful and precise attention to technique results, eventually, in beautiful extensions, powerful elevation and effortless artistry. Once students grasp this concept, they take huge leaps in their development, and although the process is slow and often frustrating, the honest approach ensures healthier, stronger dancers. We are all in such a rush to succeed in this profession. Missing the basic understanding of posture and ignoring the pure form of Classical Ballet for a higher leg only leads us further away from our goal. Each time you choose to work correctly, it is money in the bank. No one can take that away from you.”
Gillian trained at the Royal Ballet School. She performed with the Royal Ballet Company for over twenty years. After completing the Professional Dancer Teachers Course at The Royal Ballet School she joined the staff at English National Ballet School.


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Ecole Vocational Ballet & Contemporary Training
ecolevoc.com.au | [email protected] | 0412 098 130
Ashley Killar
Director
“I constantly ask my students to listen, really listen to great music, especially the ballets by composers such as Delibes, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Britten who have left us marvelously rich ballet scores. Appreciate the great composers’ craft and share their passion.”
Ashley trained at the Royal Ballet Junior and Upper Schools and danced professionally with John Cranko in Stuttgart and as a soloist with Scottish Ballet and the Royal Ballet in London. He founded a dance company in South Africa and was Artistic Director of Royal New Zealand Ballet.





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Ettingshausens
ettingshausens.com.au | [email protected] | 02 9545 3033
Thern Reynolds
“I encourage my students to think for themselves and contribute to the process. Teachers and choreographers want to be inspired. Students have a responsibility to themselves to truly “think” about what they are doing, to be conscious of the piece and be more than robots. I take my students out of their comfort zones, test them, but always let them know that the choices they make are never wrong. Learning to trust yourself and your talent is very difficult. I believe students excel when they break down personal barriers and truly come to terms with who they are.”
Thern trained with Coralie Bradshaw and has had an extensive career in Musical Theatre.





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Ev & Bow Full Time Dance Training Centre
evandbow.com | [email protected] | 02 9542 1260
Sarah Boulter
Co-Director
“Students need to educate themselves about their craft. They need to make themselves aware of every opportunity in order to further their knowledge. They need to know their likes and dislikes and therefore what they are working towards.”
Sarah trained under Prudence Bowen (Atelier), Southern Region Full Time Studio and Victorian College of the Arts. She danced professionally with Dark Swan and has extensive experience choreographing works including for SYTYCD Australia.





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Fiona’s Studio of Dance
fsdance.com.au | [email protected] | 02 4973 3133
Aleeta Northey
“I’m constantly giving my students advice about connecting with the audience. Finding that ability to share their passion for dance. That dynamic is imperative in being able to connect with an audience.”
Aleeta trained with Peter Rogers Dance Studio. She has worked extensively in the commercial and musical theatre industry.








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Lee Academy
leeacademy.com.au | [email protected] | 02 4358 1528
Alyssa Casey
“I like to remind my students to enjoy each moment! Determined dancers can get caught up in the end goal and somehow forget that they are actually doing what they love with the people that they love in the studio every day. Feel and enjoy every step, every beat and every moment.”
Alyssa trained with Lee Academy and has had an extensive musical theatre career.








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The McDonald College
mcdonald.nsw.edu.au | [email protected] | 02 9752 0507
Jane Kesby
Senior RAD Classical Ballet Teacher
“Have a stronger self-belief in your own personal ability to achieve. It is in the studio where you can practice, try new things and improve. Knowledge on how to do each step, to understand why something worked or didn’t is vital to personal improvement.”
Jane trained at The McDonald College and The Australian Ballet School. She has performed in many ballet companies around the world including: West Australian Ballet, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Zurich Ballet.





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National College of Dance
nationalcollegeofdance.com | [email protected] | 02 4952 9294
Brett Morgan
Artistic Director
“I ask my students all the time how much do they want to be a dancer because that’s what it’s all about. You can give them all the direction in the world; you can give them all the different golden keys to how you make steps better. But at the end of the day it’s how much practice, how much determination, how much passion they have.”
Brett trained with The Saill Academy and The Australian Ballet School. He has performed with The Australian Ballet Company and Sydney Dance Company.





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Newcastle Ballet Theatre
newcastleballettheatre.com.au | [email protected] | 02 4956 9372
Rider D. Vierling
Co-Principal
“Always push yourself and know you are capable of so much more than you think. We all have different body types, different natural talents, different strengths and weaknesses – it is your work ethic and attitude that will lead you where you want to go. Be patient, but unrelenting.”
Rider trained in the States with Southern Ballet Theatre (now Orlando Ballet), Virginia School of the Arts, and Boston Ballet Summer Dance Programs. He performed extensively in the United States with various ballet companies.





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Redlands Ballet and Dance Academy
redlands.nsw.edu.au | [email protected] | 02 9909 3133
Karen Martin
Director
“I encourage my students to have focus and discipline in both their academic and dance work and to learn how to work independently. I help them to understand the importance of applying the feedback they’ve been given to perfect their technique. I stress the importance of integrating the components of Dance history and theory and the historical and social understanding of repertoire to enhance their performance quality. I encourage students to be persistent and find their own learning pathway to reach their goal.”
Karen trained at the Australian Institute of Dance with Valrene Tweedie and at the University of Sydney, majoring in Performance Studies. She is an Associate of the Cecchetti Society and has taught Dance at the University of Western Sydney for 10 years and is also a supervisor for the marking of HSC Classical Ballet.


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The Regional Institute of Performing Arts (Hunter TAFE)
hunter.tafensw.edu.au/ripa | [email protected] | 02 4923 7595
Jenna Drelincourt
“My number one thing is being positive; never say the word ‘can’t’. It’s a good way to teach students to be the most positive people that they can be and how to move forward to achieve their objectives. My next thing would be research, research, research. The more information you have, the more you can achieve. Always have a plan B. just in case plan A. doesn’t work out, you can still be satisfied with where you’re going in life.”
Jenna trained at Queensland University of Technology and has worked extensively in companies around the world including: Asami Maki Ballet Company (Japan), Bonachela Dance Company (London) and The Wee Dance Company (Berlin).




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Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy
classicalcoaching.com | [email protected] | 02 9439 4424
Lucinda Dunn
Artistic Director
“Listen and watch exact details of exercises/enchainments, variations or repertoire that is set or demonstrated. Learning this skill not only shows respect to your coaches and teachers, it is essential in auditions and imperative as a professional dancer.”
Lucinda trained with Janece Graham and Tanya Pearson before completing two years at the Royal Ballet School in London. She is Australia’s longest serving ballerina, after 23 years with The Australian Ballet Company.





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Village on Broadway
villagepa.com | [email protected] | 1300 788 440
Jacqui Howard
Artistic Director
“The piece of advice I find myself offering my students the most is that they can only be the best that they can be. Very often I see students comparing themselves to their classmates – instead I tell them it is far more rewarding and important to find what is unique about their own personalities and abilities. We are all individuals with different quirks and characteristics and I try to encourage them to learn to love themselves for who they are.”
Jacqui trained at Honeybrook School of Dancing. She has had an extensive career in the Musical theatre and Commercial industries.




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Arète Academy of the Arts
aretearts.com.au | [email protected] | 07 3890 8728
Hollie Hewett
Director
“You are the master your destiny. I constantly push my students to think for themselves, work for themselves and concentrate on running their own race. It’s so easy to become distracted by what others are doing, winning or the current trends. I empower students with infinite knowledge about correct body mechanics, skills to assist with self-evaluation and limitless guidance on career progression.”
Hollie trained at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. She has performed professionally in commercial dance productions, operas and awards ceremonies.





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Dance Force
danceforceoz.com.au | [email protected] | 0410 237 699
Kuta Collective – Troy Phillips and Simon Fairweather
Dance Teacher
“One thing we always encourage our students to do is to be true to themselves. We love dancers that take risks and even when times get tough, they leave the outside world away from their creative space. Seeing a dancer share their heart and soul with you in the studio is always so inspiring and we believe makes them better performers.”
Troy and Simon both trained at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.
They have worked professionally in the Musical Theatre and Commercial industries both in Australia and overseas.





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Danielle’s Studio of Dance
daniellesstudio.com.au | [email protected] | 0407 492 767
Danielle Williams
Principal
“I always tell my kids, when they’ve got exams or eisteddfods or auditions, that whoever is in front of you really wants you to do well. So don’t be nervous. Just show them how good you can be and remember that they want you to do well. No examiner or director wants someone to dance badly in front of them and give you bad marks. Everybody wants to do well.”
Danielle trained with Rosalie Lane and with Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy.







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Prudence Bowen Atelier
[email protected] | 07 5569 2735 | 0422 078 049
Prudence Bowen
Artistic Director
“I continually give advice, but the 15 and 16 year olds just look at me blankly. I’m sure they will experience it all for themselves one day without remembering my advice!”
Prudence trained at the Scully Borovansky School.









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Queensland Ballet
queenslandballet.com.au | [email protected] | 07 3013 6666
Christian Tatchev
Director of Training
“With the world evolving so quickly due to technology, we’re so used to instant gratification, ballet is an art form that takes many, many years to master and that 80 per cent of what we do is hard work. Students need to have patience, persistence, and discipline, and not just look at trick steps. Going back to basics and placing is important, that clarity and precision are just as impressive as lots of big jumps or pirouettes.”
Christian trained in the former Eastern Block in Bulgaria. Christian has worked with the National Opera and Ballet and Ballet Arabesque in Sofia, and in South Africa, with PACT Ballet Company, Cape Town City Ballet and South African Ballet Theatre (SABT) as well as Queensland Ballet.



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Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
qut.edu.au/dance | [email protected] | 07 3138 8114
Avril Huddy
Lecturer in Dance
“I think wherever possible say yes. Even if the student doesn’t think that it’s where they want to go, where they’re heading or the work they want to do, it’s all about the learning and the experience, not to mention the networking. So say yes and give it a go. Things unfold in mysterious ways.”
Avril trained at the Ann Roberts School of Dancing in Townsville. She was an inaugural member of Extensions Youth Company attached to Dancenorth, completed her RAD Advanced at 15 and then went to QUT. Avril has been performing as a contemporary dance artist for over 20 years.





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Terry Simpson Studios
terrysimpsonstudios.com.au | [email protected] | 08 8223 4374
Terry Simpson
“One of the key things that I say to my students is have courage and determination. Have the courage in this life to follow your dreams and to try hard in class and have the determination to follow through with working hard.”
Terry trained with Poppy Frame, in Johannesburg and the Royal Academy of Dance.








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The Australian Ballet School (ABS)
australianballetschool.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9669 2807
Kirsty Martin
Classical Teacher
“Developing and maintaining a positive work ethic involves perseverance, self-belief and discipline, which are all important qualities for a successful and fulfilling dance career. I encourage my students to think, feel and take risks everyday, as there is no time for complacency in the world of ballet. Being consistent is most important when working on establishing a good ballet technique. Anatomical, artistic and musical aspects of technique should be focused on equally, as these attributes are integral for a dancer’s development. Finding ways to interlink these qualities in training provides constant opportunity for students to develop a strong technical foundation, as well as nurturing their own unique style and artistic sensibility.”
Kirsty trained with The Australian Ballet School under the direction of Gailene Stock. She performed with The Australian Ballet Company.


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Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance
theministryofdance.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9329 6770
Adrian Ricks
Contemporary, Ballet and Jazz Teacher
“I think advice changes from era to era but the most relevant piece of advice I give these days is to remember that dancing is an art form. Your purpose is to express emotion through the body and move people with your movement rather than relying on all the extra razzle dazzle.”
Adrian trained at Attitude Dance Studio and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. He works extensively in the Musical Theatre industry.






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Box Hill Institute
boxhill.edu.au | 1300 269 445
Dianne Shaw
Diploma of Dance Teacher
“Pass on your love of teaching children, teach safely and with enthusiasm, always with a certain discipline but with an enjoyment of the class. Be passionate about learning and then passing on those knowledge and skills to your own students.”
Dianne trained in England and Australia under many prominent teachers.








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Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance
Join the Revolution
kellyaykers.com.au | 03 9383 2536 | 0416 208 851
Kelly Aykers
Director
“One piece of advice I’m constantly sharing with my students is the well-worn concept of “reaping what you sow”. The Australian entertainment industry is relatively small compared to the artists it caters for and only those that are self-confident and strong in their skill set enjoy longevity. These particular attributes and work ethic are formed in their training. The survival of the fittest is not a problem for someone that has embraced determination and hard work as a template in their formative years.”
Kelly trained Terrie Mare School of Dance before winning a scholarship at the Dance Factory in Melbourne. She has worked extensively in the Musical Theatre industry.




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Melbourne City Ballet (MCB)
melbournecityballet.com.au | [email protected] | 0435 769 802
Michael Pappalardo
Artistic Director
“My main concern is to ensure to that all students get jobs whether that’s with us or that’s with other great companies around the world. I advise students to always stand out, always be at the front of the crowd, always work harder than everybody else and always do the best you can possibly do every single day. That fantastic dancer that worked harder than the person next to them is much more valuable to companies than someone that has the most amazing technical ability and a fantastic memory but that doesn’t work hard.”
Michael trained with QLD Dance School of Excellence, the New Zealand School of Dance, Expressions Dance Compnay and ADT. He has worked with Melbourne Ballet Company, QLD Ballet and Leigh Warren and Dancers.




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Melbourne Dance Theatre
melbournedancetheatre.com.au | [email protected] | 1300 326 234
Michelle Cassar de Sierra
Assistant Director
“I remind my students to be strong and confident in who they are and in their ability to succeed; that they are all incredible individuals and to allow their unique personalities and love of dance shine. When we are blessed with talents in any area we have an obligation and a special part to play in this world to nurture, develop, grow and share our special gifts to those around us to make the world a better place.”
Michelle trained at the Victorian College of the Arts and at Moiseyev Dance Academy. Michelle has performed with Kolobok Dance Company, National Ballet of Israel, Saarlandisches Staatsheater Saarbrucken, Klagenfurt Opera House, Austria and Martin Sierra Dance Company




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WAAPA
waapa.ecu.edu.au | [email protected] | 08 134 ECU
Justin Rutzou
Lecturer in Contemporary Dance
“Dance training equips you with innumerable interpersonal skills, physical abilities, confidence and creativity. Regardless of whether you attain a career in dance these skills are going to be a blue print for excelling no matter what you eventually do.”
Justin trained with Dorothy Long, at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and The Australian Ballet School. He worked as principal dancer in ballet companies before progressing into the world of Contemporary, commercial and dance theatre.





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