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. 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 II and Cert III nationally recognised qualification through the studio. 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.
Kara is a classical ballet specialist and highly experienced dancer, performer and technical development trainer who began training in classical ballet at the age of 3. Tutored under Louise Buljubasich at Dance Works Academy, Innisfail, Kara then went on to study at the Australian Ballet School through the Interstate Training Programme and toured with the Queensland Youth Ballet for two years running. In her performing days, Kara was the recipient of a number of awards and bursaries, and continues to pass on a passion for performing and technical excellence to her students. Kara ran her own dance studio in Darwin, Northern Territory, with students winning multiple accolades at local and interstate eisteddfods and past students going on to audition for the Australian Ballet School, WAAPA and more. Her pre-professional experience paired with a love of technical training has caused Kara to develop experience in dancing under a number of syllabi and disciplines. These include Radiance Academy’s preferred ATOD syllabus (Ballet and Jazz), ADA (Ballet, Jazz and Tap), Glenn Wood (Tap), Acrobatic Arts (Acrobatics), as well as the Ceccheti and RAD methods of
Classical Ballet. Kara is currently undertaking her formal training in a
Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, as well as completing the
Progressing Ballet Technique course. She also runs her own student development
business, FORM[ED] for Dancers which aims to improve technical excellence in
elite dancers through online training videos.
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.
Mrs Kayli Valenzisi 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, Nutrition and tap. Kayli has had extensive experience with our syllabus of choice Australian Teachers of Dance.
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.
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.
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, Musical Theatre, 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, Irish, and contemporary. However, her favourite genre is Hip Hop! Meg has studied her Royal Academy of Dance Exams to majors levels. Meg has also had a lot of experience working with children and is an asset to our studio. She is also a fabulously talented choreographer.
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 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.
We are so thankful for our amazing assistant teachers.. they keep our classes running ever so smoothly!