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JanFeb 2021 – In This Issue


Hello fabulous humans!

Our latest issue (JanFeb) is on sale now and is packed with fab stuff.

Towards the end of the year I was super excited to attend and shoot many live student performances, from graduations to Awards and Showcases. It was truly special to be an audience member – especially considering the limited number of seats available – with COVID restrictions. The technical standard of the dancers was exceptional, the quality of the productions – outstanding. Some studios opted for live performances, some for taped events presenting the students body of work at a film night. Without exception all events I attended were absolutely brilliant, I had sore cheeks from smiling and the excitement and joy from each performer, their teachers and support crew was infectious. CONGRATULATIONS!


Taliya Bennett, Amy Anderson (above), Lizzy Heiss and Belle Lopes de Oliveira with teacher Iohna Loots from Classical Ballet 121 are all featured on their own full pages!



Kali McCloy, Halle McGregor, Jarrod McWilliams, Ella Ebert, Ella Schindler and Lilliana Eneliko (above) from The National College of Dance are all featured on a full page!



Ryan Webber, Portia England, Cody Clayton, Emma Kellert, Jasmin Carter & Henry Hay (above), Maia Williams, Randall Marqueta, Brittany Ford, Jarrod Everingham-Bryan, Bianca Hu and Lyndon Frykberg from ED5International are all featured.




This issue I chatted with ex MAKS Ballet Studios student Rohan Hazelton (above pic) who is currently in Germany studying at Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden. He opted to stay in Germany rather than come home and talks candidly about this time period as well as his journey as a dance student from Australia to Germany.




For our school students currently on holidays and looking for ways to help them prepare for Academic Dance in 2021, Catherine Reid gives some wonderful ideas to motivate and inspire. Catherine also reviews Sue Healey’s LIVE ACTION REPLAY.

Sasha Dubrovsky and Maddy Backen are featured from Austinmere Dance Theatre, Olivia Graham and Hannah Fulker (above pic) are featured from Dance Dr. and Phoebe Strike is featured from Merge Dance Theatre.


We also offer our readers a 2021 Comps Calendar this issue so you can start to map out your competition year. Peter Oxford founder of Showcase Australian Dance Championships and Hollywood Bound drops in for a chat about what the 2021 dance comp calendar will look like. We also wanted to say a very big congratulations to all the crew from St George Dance Eisteddfod and Shire Festive of Dance celebrating 100 and 50 years respectively!!! Whoaah what an amazing achievement. Thank you for offering our dancing students two wonderful competitions.



Shelyse Wadley is featured from TNSPA Professional, Kenisha Yam is featured from Village Nation and Ned Manning-Lowrey (above) is featured from Tanya Pearson Academy.


Katie Godwin, Senior Dance Physiotherapist with Kinetica Physiotherapy gives us insights as to when and how to make the most of our foam rollers and spikes balls. Leading Senior Psychologist, Jocelyn Penna from Focus Performance Psychology shares insights as to how we are motivated and why we might be lacking in motivation as well some tips to get us back on track. Victoria Ching, Specialist Dance Physiotherapist with Grounded Movement gives us the top 5 issues many dancers experience when dancing on pointe. Sarah Reis Bkin, Med from Acrobatics Arts highlights the benefits of cross training.




The Royal Academy of Dance were very pleased to be able to offer their Joan & Monica Halliday OAM FRAD Memorial Awards and Isobel Anderson FRAD Memorial Awards on the 29th Nov 2020 at Rhapsody Studios in Sydney. And guess what? I was there. My favourite photo of each winner is in our latest issue. Valentine Toussaint from The Ballet Class – First Place Grade 3 Dante Minassian from Redlands Ballet and Dance Academy – First Place Grade 4 Charlize Portes-Green from The McDonald College – First Place Grade 5 Jade Dibley from Tanya Pearson Academy and Onstage Dance Studios – First Place Intermediate Foundation Lucelle Davis from Tanya Pearson Academy – First Place Intermediate Olivia Smith from Mosman Dance Academy – First Place Advance Foundation Arjan Jayawardena (above pic) from The Conlan College – First Place Advanced 1 and Martin Rubinstein Award for a Male Dancer Abbi Lewis from Sonja Dene Dance Studios – Isobel Anderson Memorial Award Recipient Photos of all the finalists can be found here.




This issue we interviewed 5 studio owners from around the country to see how they coped when COVID hit, what changes they made to their timetables and how they kept not only the students but also themselves positive and motivated. Thank you Amy Martin (above pic) from Studio of Classical & Contemporary Dance in WA, Rebecca Skinner from Epic Studios Australia and Karen Manley from Sunshine Coast Conservatory of Dance in QLD, Debbie Burrows from Debbie Rae Dancers and Charly and Jayne Maynard from Maynard Academy of Dance in NSW for sharing your beautiful and heartfelt journeys from an absolutely full-on year!




We celebrate the following students remarkable achievements!

Riley Burns and Stella Orvad from Joanne Grace School Of Dance
Cheyenne Wickremasinghe, Issabelle Dib, Carlie Shaw, Emily Apostolovski and Ilakkiya Murali from East Hills Girls Technology High School
Northern College of the Arts and Technology dance students
Sorelle, Hannah and Taryn from Dubbo College Senior Campus
Miranda Hayman Ava Andis from Village Nation College
Emily Perkin from Randwick Girls High School
Bronte Mollison, Eve Albion, Julia Tedford, Trinity Dean and Gabriella Olivotto from Kimberley Woodger Dance Academy
The kids from POSE PA
Keilani Oloitoa from Helen Clark School of DancingLouis van Etten from Queensland Ballet Academy
Royal Academy of Dance WA Grishko Award recipients Sonja Braunl from The Perth School of Ballet, Charley Travia from Perth Classical and Contemporary Coaching and Maisy Rose from Studio of Classical & Contemporary Dance Bunbury.
Harmony Dinning from VPA Studios Wollongong and Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts.
Wakakirri 2020 National Story of the Year Winners – Whitefriars School in SA, Newtown North Public School in NSW, Daramalan College from the ACT and The Ponds High School from NSW.