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


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.   

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.


Briannah Alexander - Tap Teacher

Briannah has been dancing since the age of 4 and has learnt ballroom, tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, contemporary and hip hop. Tap dancing is her favourite style. She has been teaching dance on the Gold Coast from the age of 14. At the age of 22, Briannah moved to Moranbah and taught jazz, hip hop and tap dancing to students from ages 5 to 45. Now she has settled in Toowoomba and teaches Music and Year 1 at Bunker's Hill State School. 

Vanessa Solomon VET Co-ordinator

Vanessa is a passionate, highly qualified and determined educator with a passion for arts education. She commenced dancing at a young age, competing at a State level and receiving her A.T.O.D levels, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Music. In addition to supporting arts education providers to ensure quality training and assessment, she is a paid musician and enjoys working both in the performing arts industry.

Vanessa is accomplished at developing relationships and demonstrates exemplary communication skills. For Vanessa, education is a personal commitment as shown by the diversity of job roles she has held and her dedication to supporting students to achieve their goals. She has postgraduate studies in Language, Literacy and Numeracy, and enjoys supporting students throughout their studies and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Learning and Teaching.

Her education, ranging from Music, Education, Psychology and Social Work subjects at the University of Queensland to Post-Graduate education qualifications in education has assisted her in writing various types of curriculum, supporting students and facilitating relationships to provide access to arts education in regional areas.

Vanessa specialises in:

• language, literacy and numeracy support for students

• liaising with organisations to ensure students receive the best outcomes

• music and performing arts education

Graduate Certificate in Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practices (TAE70111)

Graduate Certificate in Education and Training for Sustainability (22060VIC)

Bachelor of Music (Honors)

Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (TAE50116)

Diploma of Training, Design and Development (TAE50216)

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)

Assistant Teachers


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