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Staff

Principals

Tania Whelan

Roles

Owner/ Director of Premier Dance Academy / Classical Ballet Teacher

Experience

Tania is the owner and director of the academy.
Registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.).
R.A.D. Teaching Certificate, Distinction.
R.A.D. Teaching Diploma. Tania has been teaching since 1989.
Trained and taught at Sayers Dance Centre.
Tania is married with two children, Paris and John.
Tania is a classical ballet teacher at Premier, teaching from Pre-Primary – Advanced 2.

Teachers

Charlotte Evans

Roles

Classical Ballet & Tap Teacher

Experience

Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance (Q.U.T), 2007.
Registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.).
R.A.D. CBTS
Charlotte teaches classical ballet and tap at the Clayfield studios. 

Ivah Seeto-Slade

Employed for 10 years.

Roles

Jazz Teacher

Experience

Diploma in Dance Performance, Dance World 301, Melbourne.

Professional dance experience in various commercial engagements including featuring in video clips, movies and numerous television appearances both here and overseas.
Ivah is married and has two sons; Kayden and Isaiah.

Chrissy Bowden

Employed for 11 years.

Roles

Singing Teacher.

Experience

Masters Degree in Music (voice) QUT, 2006.
Bachelor of Music (voice) QUT, 2003.
11 years experience as a professional singer, crrently singing wih the 'QLD Pops Orchestra', Supersonic (contemporary cover band) and 'The Andrew's Sister's Tribute Band'.

Regular performs in Musical Theatre productions including 'The Sound of Music', 'Cabaret' and 'Fidler on the Roof''.

Kelly Dalziel

Employed for 14 years.

Roles

Tap teacher/Office Administration

Experience

Diploma of Dance at the Queensland Dance chool of Excellence.
Diploma in Dance Performance, Dance World 301, Melbourne.
Kelly is married and has three children - Dakota, Indiana & Phoenix.

Susan Hogard

Roles

Classical Ballet Teacher

Experience

A.R.A.D Solo Seal
Winner of R.A.D Bursary & McDonald Scholarship (Peter Styvesant Award)
Previously a soloist with the London Festival Ballet (English National Ballet) and Principal with the Kirov Ballet
Susan has since raised a family and in addition to teaching ballet part time, she has also begun adjudicating, mentoring and coaching young dancers.

Miss Susan teaches RAD Classical Ballet at Premier Dance as well as Adult Stretch. 

Simone Williams

Roles

Classical Ballet Teacher

Experience

B.A. Dance & ARAD
Graduate of Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE)
More than 20 years dance teaching experience.
Previously a professional dancer with the Queensland Ballet and Expressions Dance Company.
Has taught at QDSE and in the QUT Dance programme.
Previously worked as a freelance choreographer in Brisbane.
Currently teaches Toddler Dance up to Advanced Ballet classes. Simone also takes Adult Ballet at Milton.

Katherine Dennis

Employed for 6 years.

Roles

Classical Ballet Teacher/Office Administration

Experience

Miss Katherine was trained at the Sayers Dance Centre and Premier Dance Academy, gaining her ARAD.
She completed her Bachelor of Biomedical Science in 2010 and her Diploma in Education in 2013.

 

 

Karissa Jones

Employed for 2 years.

Roles

Classical Ballet Teacher

Experience

Karissa Jones is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, gaining her ARAD in 206 and RTS teaching status in 2008.

She Became a member of the South Queensland R.A.D. panel in 2012.

After graduating from the Queensland Dance School of Excellence in 2006, Karisa began teaching for the Brisbane Academy of Dance in classical ballet, jazz and tap.
She then moved to India in 2009 where she danced in dance films and music video clips.

She is also a registered Federal Assaciation Teachers of Dance techer and has recieved her advanced teachers diploma in Jazz and Elementary ballet and Tap teachers.

Karissa has her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management.

Dominic Thwaite

Being lucky enough to attend the RAW full time program of 2014/2015, Dominic has been able to work with many industry professionals. Dominic started dancing at the age of nine, and had participated in the multiple local, national and international competitions and performed with RAW Dance Company for multiple corporate events throughout Australia. Having such a diverse range he is able to teach students how to dance in a way that will test them, as a result, helping them reach higher levels of movement.

Dominic teaches Hip Hop at Premier Dance Milton & Clayfield.

Demi Jenkins

Demi began her dance life at eight years of age where she quickly found her passion in Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Contemporary. She trained with Dance World Studios (Melbourne), RAW Dance (Brisbane), and West End Masterclass (London). Demi has worked as both a contemporary dancer and musical theatre performer, performing at West End Live in Trafalgar Square, “Victor/Victoria” with Acting Company SEDOS, Kinsi Dance Company, and Sketch Dance Company. Upon returning to Australia, Demi has been working with RAW dance providing inspiring and motivational dance creations for students of all ages.

Demi teaches Musical Theatre at Premier Dance.

Liljana Stojan

Lilli is a certified RAD ballet teacher who has a long list of diplomas and certificates in the fields of both Dance and Pilates. She has previously taught classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, as well as various forms of Pilates. Lilli has attended and graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance, and the Queensland Conservatoire of Ballet. Lilli brings to Premier Dance a warm and professional knowledge and understanding of conditioning for the dancers’ body.

Miss Lilli teaches Stretch & Conditioning classes at Premier Dance.

Katie Cooke

Roles

Classical Ballet / Jazz / Contemporary & Tap

Experience

Graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance (with Distinction).

Currently studying with the RAD to become a registered teacher.

Studied ballet, jazz and contemporary at Premier Dance from age 5.

Currently teaching Classical Ballet,Jazz, Contemporary and Tots Jazz & Tap at Premier Dance

 

 

Freya Campbell

Roles

Classical Ballet / Jazz / Contemporary & Tap

Experience

Graduate of Queensland Dance School of Excellence.

Student at Premier Dance from age 4.

Freya teaches Toddler - Prep Dance, Classical Ballet, Jazz & Tap at Premier Dance.

 

 

Student Teachers

Student Teachers

Roles

Student Teacher for Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop

Experience

All student teachers are all students of Premier who are currently training/dancing in the senior ballet & jazz sections of the school (Intermediate – Advanced 2).

Admin

Phoebe Sale

Roles

Administration Manager

Experience

Phoebe trained at the Premier Dance Academy from the age of 5. She has completed a Bachelor of Architectural Design and a Master of Advertising, and is a RYT 200 qualified yoga instructor. Phoebe also manages the Premier Dance marketing & advertising activities.