RaDiANCE Academy Toowoomba - Dance Teachers

Our talented dance teachers will take care of your precious dancer

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The mediocre teacher tells.

The good teacher explains.

The superior teacher demonstrates.

The great teacher inspires.

William A. Ward



Sally Andrew  Associate A.T.O.D., AAC1

Principal

Dance School Toowoomba

Sally began dancing at the age of four and has learnt many styles including contemporary, jazz, tap, Latin American, modern, character and of course ballet. She studied the Ceccetti Method of ballet before moving over to Beth Baudistel's studio.  Subsequently, Sally went on to be examined in the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus up to major's level.  Sally then travelled to Melbourne to the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet to complete her teacher training in the Vagaonova Method of classical ballet.  She has also completed her teacher training in the Living Dance Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Syllabus.  In May 2017 Sally completed her study in Dance Teaching and Management and became an Affiliate teacher with the Australian Teachers of Dance.  In August 2017 Sally completed further examinations with the ATOD to become an Associate. In February 2018 Sally trained at the Qld Ballet with Parkinsons Australia to begin her pilot Dance for Parkinsons classes in Toowoomba.  In April 2018 Sally became an accredited Acrobatic Arts teacher.  In 2019 she also completed her TAE so that she can facilitate students doing their Cert III nationally recognised qualification through the studio.   Sally also recently completed her Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management with the Australian Teachers of Dancing. Sally has been teaching dance since 1995 when she opened and operated a ballet school part time whilst still a student herself!  Sally also holds a Working With Children Blue Card and a current First Aid Certificate.

Lydia Pickard - Jazz and Contemporary Dance

Lydia began classical ballet through the Australian

Conservatoire of Ballet’s Russian Vaganova Method of Classical Training with Beth Baudistel. Classical training sparked Lydia’s passion for dance and has since trained in a variety of genres including Jazz (SFD), Contemporary and Hip-Hop. Lydia has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) and Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) through the Queensland University of Technology and works as a Dance teacher at St Ursula’s College, offering Dance as an ATAR subject and competing in local, state and national eisteddfods. Lydia also holds a Working with Children Blue Card and a current First Aid

Certificate. Currently, Lydia’s interests lie within choreography – particularly, contemporary. She loves that her career enables her to inspire and foster creativity within future generations.

Grace Tame - Classical Ballet Specialist

Grace started her classical ballet training in Toowoomba in

multiple methods including Southern Federation of Dance, Living Dance and The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet syllabus. In 2012 she moved to Melbourne to complete full time training at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet under the tutelage of Christine Walsh. Whilst there she completed an Advanced Diploma in

Dance (Elite Performance) and performed soloist roles in full length ballet productions. Upon returning to Toowoomba Grace continued dancing at local studios and widened her dance vocabulary taking classes in jazz, contemporary and Pilates. She has completed a Diploma in Education Studies and is now currently at university completing a degree in psychology whilst maintaining a

love and enjoyment of sharing dance.

Sian O'Neil - Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Cheer and Pom, Inclusive and Jazz

Sian has been dancing since 1995 in many well known dance schools around Brisbane and Bayside. In 2007 Sian completed her certificate III in Dance at the Australians Dance Performance Institute. While studying at ADPI she was also completing all levels of her Ballroom and Latin Dancing Levels at Coll Studio. Sian stopped dancing momentarily to start a family and have two children of her own and during this time also completed a Diploma in Early Education and is a experienced Special Needs Educator and also holds a current blue card and first aid/cpr certificate. Sian is trained in all styles of dance and specialises in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Dance Aerobics and Cheer/Pom.

Kerrie Jessup - Classical Ballet and Tap Dance

Tap dance classes Toowoomba

Mrs Kerrie Jessup heads up our Over 55's classes and day time tap lessons.  Kerrie originally danced with  the famous Halliday School of Dance.  She also ran her own ballet school  in NSW.  Kerrie has completed her Living Dance Syllabus teacher training and holds a Current Working with Children Blue Card and current First Aid Certificate.   

Stefanie Martinelli -  Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary Dance Teacher and Administration

Dance classes Toowoomba

Miss Stefanie Martinelli has studied through the Royal Academy of Dancing as well as Living Dance International. She has received her full Living Dance International Teaching Certificate in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary.  Miss Stef also holds a Working With Children Blue Card and Current First Aid Certificate.   Miss Stefanie also has a Certificate III in Business.

Micaela Drummond - Classical Ballet and Performance Team

Micaela began dancing when she was 4 years old. She started with Jazz but not long after fell in love with Ballet. She gave dancing a break to finish her Bachelor of Design

but soon after found herself back in the dance world. Micaela has experienced many different styles and exam syllabi such as Royal Academy of Dance, Borovansky, Cecchetti, CSTD and now Australian Teachers of Dance where she has completed her Intermediate exam and will be working towards her Advanced exam.  Being exposed to these different styles has helped to evolve her classical technique.  She will be continuing her study this year with a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management to broaden her skills.  Micaela has danced and taught with many dance studios in the Scenic Rim where she grew up. With experience in teaching students from ages 1 to 12 years Micaela hopes to pass on her love of dance and inspire the students at Radiance. She is very excited to be working with new students and classes this year.

Amy Logan - Acrodance Teacher

Miss Amy started her dancing at 6 years old in jazz and Irish. She was a competitive dancer and gymnast for many years before becoming an advanced gymnastics coach, and is now specializing in developing gymnastics programs for all level of abilities. Amy has been teaching acro at Radiance for the past 2 years and is extremely excited for the acro classes in 2020. When she isn't teaching, she is finishing her uni degree, learning Auslan, and loving her newborn bub!

Sam Brider - Acrodance Teacher

 Sam, having been a gymnast for part of her childhood, holds an Intermediate coaching qualification for Gymnastics For All, and has been coaching gymnastics and cheer at a summer camp in the US for the past two years. She also took hip-hop, contemporary and ballet classes when she was younger.

 

Debbie Shannon - Classical Ballet Specialist

Debbie grew up in country Victoria and began dancing at her local ballet school at age 4. By age 12, Debbie travelled to Ballarat to pursue her love of dance, training in both Borovanksy and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabi. She completed her Advance examination in RAD and the Victorian Certificate of Education subject, Dance Styles. Debbie also has 14 years of Eisteddfod competition background.  Debbie continued to take dance classes as an adult in both London and Melbourne. In 2007 she joined the contemporary dance company Moving Words, until she relocated to Toowoomba where she took time away from dance to have a family. Debbie is now excited to pass on her love and knowledge of ballet to the next generation of dancers.


Assistant Teachers

 

We are so thankful for our amazing assistant teachers.. they keep our classes running ever so smoothly!