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  - Principal - Associate A.T.O.D.

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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.  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.

Kerrie Jessup - Classical Ballet and Tap Dance Teacher

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Mrs Kerrie Jessup heads up our tap classes and runs our Over 55's classes.  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.   

Kayli Brown - Pilates and Classical Ballet Teacher

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Miss Kayli Brown is a classical ballet and lyrical specialist teacher. She has danced at some of the countries most esteemed training facilities including two years full-time with the Queensland Ballet. Kayli also specialises in Pilates and Nutrition.

In 2018 Kayli will be managing all performance teams!

Lydia Pickard - Jazz and Contemporary Dance Manager

Lydia began classical ballet at the age of 5 through the Australian Ballet School System of Training before moving to Beth Baudistel’s studio to train in the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet’s Russian Vaganova Method of Classical Training. Classical training sparked Lydia’s passion for dance and has since trained in a variety of styles including jazz (Southern Federation of Dance), contemporary and hip-hop. Throughout her time at Beth Baudistel’s studio, Lydia taught many ballet, jazz and contemporary classes and choreographed for performance and eisteddfod purposes.

After graduating high school, Lydia completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) and Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) through the Queensland University of Technology. Lydia now works as a Dance and English teacher at one of Toowoomba’s private secondary schools. In the past two years, she has taken students to compete in local, state and national eisteddfods and has professional connections with companies such as Expressions Dance Company, Queensland Ballet and Sydney Dance Company. 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.

In 2018, Lydia will manage all jazz and contemporary syllabus classes and will teach many of the classes herself.

Emily Mair - Classical Ballet and Contemporary

Emily began classical ballet training at the age of three and completed all her Major R.A.D. Ballet Syllabus exams up to Advanced 2. Later expanding her dance training with other styles including: Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Modern, Contemporary and Highland. In 2010 Emily developed more interest in Contemporary Dance and Choreography and became involved with

Youth Dance workshops and small contemporary companies in NSW. Emily moved to Sydney in 2012 to complete her Bachelor of Dance where she majored in Classical Ballet at Wesley Institute in Drummoyne. After completing her Bachelor of Dance she was offered a position in 2015 at The Joffrey Ballet School in New York as a student in the full-time Ballet Trainee Program. In 2016 Emily moved back to Bathurst wanting to pass on her knowledge and training to begin a

career as a teacher. Emily holds a Working With Children’s Check Number and current First Aid.

 Emily is excited to move to Toowoomba in 2018 and gain further experience as a teacher as well as share her love, passion and knowledge for dance to the future generation of children ready and excited to learn.

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.

Sian O'Neil - Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Cheer and Pom specialist

Sian has been studying dance since 1995 in many well known dance

schools. In 2007 she completed her Certificate III in dance as well as her bronze to Oscar Levels in Ballroom and Latin Dancing at the Australian Dance Performance Institute (ADPI) in Brisbane.  She has trained in all styles of dance and specialises in Jazz, Hip- Hop, Tap and Dance Aerobics/Cheer. 

Sian also is a diploma qualified Early Years Educator working closely with Additional Needs children. She also holds a Blue Card and First Aid/CPR certificate. 

Sian stopped teaching dance after having her two children to

focus more closely on her role as a mum, however now she is ready to get those

old Jazz shoes back on and fly around the room again while providing your children

with the best experience they can have in the world of dance.

Meg Ziesemer - Hip Hop, Jazz & Irish Teacher

Meg is a local dancer who is experienced in Classical ballet, Tap, Jazz and Irish.  However, her favourite genre is Hip Hop!  Meg has studied her Royal Academy of Dance Exams to Intermediate level.  Meg has also had a lot of experience working with children and is an asset to our studio.

Amy Logan - Acrodance Teacher

Amy Brider is an advanced men's and women's artistic gymnastics coach for competitive levels. She also has her Gym For All qualification. Amy has been coaching gymnastics since 2008 but has been involved with both gymnastics and dance her entire life. She was a competitive Irish Dancer in her early years. Amy has taught acro before and is excited to get back into the studio!  Amy also has her first aid certificate and blue card.

Stefanie Martinelli - PA to the Principal, Studio Concierge - Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary Dance Teacher

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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 and is working as the Personal Assistant to the Principal.

Junior Assistant Teachers

You will see our beautiful Intermediate student teachers helping out in class.  These girls are much loved by the children and make the classroom flow with the ease of a well oiled machine.  Thank you Miss Eve, Miss Lara, Miss Alice for all of your hard work.

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