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TEACHING FACULTY
PRINCIPAL


Mrs. Christine Atkinson R.A.D. R.T.S. Grades Examiner, Freelance Faculty Tutor, CBTS 401and 403 and new grades Tutor and Mentor for the Royal Academy of Dance
R.A.D. Teachers Certificate and Teaching Diploma Distinction
R.A.D. Registered and Full Member


CHARACTER

Wanda Wojtulewicz-Levine. B Sc Arch (Hons). B Arch (Hons),
Cert. Adv Teaching A.V. Lunacharsky Institute (GITIS), Moscow.
Wanda is a Character and Folkloric dance specialist. She was awarded a scholarship to train at the A.V. Lunacharsky Institute (GITIS), Moscow, where she gained a certificate in the advanced courses of Methods of Teaching Classical Ballet and Folk-Stage Dance.
She was Assistant Artistic Director of the National Folkloric Festival, and the Artistic Director of the Festival of Cultures, both at the Sydney Opera House.

CLASSICAL

Kit Lethby P.D.T.C. Major Examiner for The Royal Academy of Dance. Trained
at the Rambert School of Ballet, London and then danced with The Scottish
Ballet and Australian Ballet Company

CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY

Melisa Ribola (Gowen). Melisa graduated with a Bachelor of Dance from The Victorian College of The Arts in 2002 and in 2003 attained her Honours degree in dance research and performance. Melisa has her A.R.A.D and her R.A.D Teachers Certificate (Distinction). She has worked as a professional contemporary dancer, performing works by Carol Dilley, Micheal Whaites and Anton. In 2011 she was an inaugural recipient of the Keys Arenas Trust choreographic scholarship.

CLASSICAL

Kim Traynor trained at The Royal Ballet School, London. Former dancer
with The Australian Ballet Company.Kim has been a lecturer of
Classical Dance at the The VCA Melbourne and is also a freelance coach
and adjudicator.

CLASSICAL

Marie Walton-Mahon , Principal of Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy for 36 years. Founder and Artistic Director of the National College of Dance for 5 years. Registered teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance Curriculum: Preliminary to Solo Seal. Vocational Examiner with The Royal Academy of Dance. Registered Mentor for Teacher Training under the auspices of The Royal Academy of Dance (UK). Registered Tutor of The Royal Academy of Dance for teachers Personal Development.


CLASSICAL

Philip Brock-Atkinson. trained at the Australian Ballet School and then
at the Royal Ballet School.Genee Silver Medalist 2002 and former dancer
with The English National Ballet Company and The Western Australian
Ballet Company.Previously a professional dancer with Opera Australia and the Melbourne Ballet Company. he has completed the RAD CBTS 2009 to achieve professional teaching status.


MUSICAL
THEATRE


Sally Clarke has worked extensively in theatre, film, television and fashion throughout Australia, South East Asia, Japan, Germany and the USA as a dancer (Jazz, Tap and Classical), singer, actor and model.  Other work sees her conducting Master classes in “Presence and Performance” and she is a regular writer for Dance Australia Magazine.

  CLASSICAL

Julia Barry has been teaching all levels of dance for the past 35 years. Julia is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School Teachers' Training Diploma Course and holds the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Teaching Diploma. On top of this she has Associate teaching qualifications in the National Dance, Modern Theatre, Imperial Ballet and Cecchetti Ballet Branches of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and a Teaching Diploma in Benesh Dance Notation. Julia has gained her Master of Creative Industries (Dance Teaching) degree, with High Distinction, from Queensland University of Technology.

 

HIP HOP

Ellen Sheil's current dance style is Nu School, Street and Lyrical Hip Hop which has given her opportunities such as performing in the innaugral Battlegrounds, Joesph Gatehau's 'Move On' Video clip, Duran Adhar's 'Let Your Body Speak' Video clip, Sydney's 'Carnival' and 'Industry'.2009 saw Ellen travel to the USA to continue Hip Hop training at Debbie Reynolds Studio in Los Angeles and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Ellen is looking forward to bringing the elements learnt in this experience into her classes to help grow the Hip Hop Genre in Sydney.

  CLASSICAL

Rachel Ward Trained at Glen Street Academy, Sydney and Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, New York.  Rachel has completed numerous tertiary qualifications including BMedSci; MBiomedE, Grad Cert Pilates Method; Grad Cert University Learning and Teaching.  She is currently culminating her PhD in Dance Biomechanics at UNSW.

CLASSICAL

Julie McQuire A.R.A.D. Solo Seal. Specialises in working with young children and choreographing Eisteddfod solos.

CONTEMPORARY

Yahna Fookes is an honours dance graduate from the Victorian College of Arts and has worked fluidly as both a performer and choreographer across Australia, the UK, Germany and New Zealand. Recent citations include Chunky Moves Choreolab (2011) and Sue Healey The Effects of Multiplicity (2011). Yahna presented a dance film for the State of Design Festival Melbourne in 2011, which was later remounted at NOMADIK at Design Gallery BWA Wroclaw (Poland, 2012)In 2012 she performed in Actions and Remains, a performance commissioned by the Auckland Art Gallery and produced/performed in a collaborative multimedia dance installment Double Vision as a residency at Screen Space, Melbourne. Yahna was a recipient of the City of Melbourne Arts Project Grants for 2013 for the project of Suspended.

  CLASSICAL, TAP & JAZZ

Ilona Blake studied full-time ballet at the Glen Street Academy.  In 1994, she opened her own studio in Penrith and has taught all facets of the performing arts for the past 20 years.  Ilona has attained her RAD Teachers Certificate and is a qualified LGTDA tap teacher.

CLASSICAL

Olivia Jenkins trained with Marie Walton-Mahon then in Paris with Monique Arabian, in Marseille at the Ecole National Superieur de Danse, followed by 3 years on scholarship at English National Ballet School. Olivia worked with English National Ballet, Cannes Jeune Ballet, Balletto di Teatro Massimo and at Stadt Ballett Koblenz, Germany. Olivia gained a First Class Honours degree in Professional Practice (Ballet) from London University. She graduated from the Professional Dancers Teachng Diploma in London with Distinction. The RAD have subsequently asked Olivia to teach at their International Summer Schools in Singapore and Tokyo in 2014.

  PIANIST

Grant Kennedy


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