The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
William A. Ward
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. 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.
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.
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!
Miss Lydia graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) with Distinction - QUT in 2014 and Graduated with a Diploma in Education with Distinction - QUT in 2015. Lydia also teaches dance at one of Toowoomba's prestigious ladies colleges. In 2018 Lydia will mange all jazz and contemporary syllabus classes and teach many of the classes herself.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 and Miss Lara for all of your hard work.