DIRECTOR

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Olivia Jenkins

ARAD PDTD  BA (Hons)

Olivia began training in Sydney with Joan and Monica Halliday until their retirement, then full-time with Marie Walton Mahon in Newcastle. At 14 she moved to Paris studying with Monique Arabian, then at École Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille. At 16 she gained a scholarship to English National Ballet School.

Olivia danced in Europe for 10 years working with Balletto di Teatro Massimo, Cannes Jeune Ballet, English National Ballet, and 5 years at Stadt Ballett Koblenz, Germany.

While working in Germany Olivia completed a Bachelors degree in Professional Practice (Ballet) from Middlesex University, London achieving First Class Honours.

Before returning to Australia, Olivia gained a Distinction in the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance, London. 

Olivia has been a Guest Teacher around the world including for the RAD International Summer Schools in Tokyo and Singapore in 2014, and London and Italy in 2015, and the 2016 and 2017 McDonald College Summer School in Sydney. In March 2016 she taught the competition classes for the RAD Isobel Anderson and Joan & Monica Halliday Awards. She taught daily class to the competitors of the Genee International Ballet Competition in Sydney December 2016. In July 2017, she taught the competition classes for the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship and the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Scholarship. She also taught at the International Ballet Workshop 2017 in Melbourne alongside Dusty Button.


TEACHERS

 

Angela hamilton

Contemporary

Angela is the Founding Director/Choreographer of Twisted Element contemporary dance company. Alongside her company Angela imparts her contemporary technique with students.

Catherine moore

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Vaganova Ballet

Catherine trained in the Russian Vaganova method being moving to Hungary to train at the Hungarian Dance Academy. Upon graduation she became a member of  The Miskolc Ballet, Hungary. She has now returned to Sydney and is imparting her knowledge to the students of Danceworks Sydney.

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Zac Jaffar

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Lyrical & Jazz

Zac trained at Tisch University of Performing Arts, New York, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre and Choreography. Zac is an accomplished dancer, singer, actor and choreographer. His theatre and television credits include: The Arena Spectacular Grease, Into the Woods, MAUI the Musical, The King and I [New York], Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and Pyjama Games. 

 

GUEST TEACHERS

Marie Walton-Mahon

RAD RTS

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Ballet

Marie is internationally regarded as one of Australia’s best ballet teachers, training numerous professional dancers working in famous companies throughout the world. Marie has developed a unique method to help dancers reach their potential - “Progressing Ballet Technique”, taught at Danceworks Sydney.

Alisha Coon

ARAD

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Dance Therapy & Ballet

Dance Therapy is Alisha’s speciality. Following a professional dancing career Alisha trained in Victoria to become expert in methods to assist those with disabilities to benefit from dance, including those with Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimers and children with impaired motor skills.

Lily Gonscak

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Ballet

Lily Gonscak was an apprentice with The Queensland ballet after attending the New Zealand School of Dance. She was also a dancer for several years with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. 
She has had an 18 year performance career abroad.
Lily lived in 11 different countries, performing in over 100 different theatres and venues often in the principal role.
Lily has been teaching alongside her performance career since 2003. She is committed to helping Australian dancers find work.

Jessica
Hesketh

Theatre Jazz & Contemporary

Jess has an individual liquid style sought after by many choreographers which she imparts in her unique classes.

Omer Backley-Astrachan

Contemporary

With a background in the dynamic Israeli contemporary dance scene Omer teaches and choreographs with a fresh in-depth approach.

Martin James

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Repetiteur

As a former Principal of Royal Danish Ballet Martin brings a wealth of knowledge to his repertoire classes.


PATRON

Joan Halliday

OAM ARAD

A legend is one description of Joan.  She has been one of the foremost teachers in Australia.  Together with her sister Monica, Joan was a performer in the Borovansky Ballet - Australia’s first professional ballet company. The sisters went on to found a premier dance school in Sydney, where Olivia Jenkins began her training.