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Kerrie Smith

ARAD, RAD:RTS, Dip. Dance Education: Higher Education
Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance | Classique Dance Founder
Classical Ballet | Contemporary | Lyrical

Kerrie’s lifelong love of dance stems from early memories of the Swan Lake soundtrack. After multiple impromptu living room performances for her long-suffering aunties, Kerrie’s mother eventually enrolled her in class.

Following years of training in classical ballet, contemporary and jazz, Kerrie completed her Advanced 2 ballet examination and Teachers Certificate with the RAD, in addition to completing her Advanced examination with the Spanish Dance Society (Flamenco and Escuela Bolero). Receiving distinction on her Intermediate Cecchitti exam, she was also awarded the qualification of ARAD – Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Kerrie is a mentor for the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies offered by the RAD, having successfully trained many of the Central Coast’s RAD teachers. A firm believer in the philosophy that one should never stop learning, she has also accomplished a voluntary Diploma in Dance Education.

In 2015, after an extensive, elite qualification process, Kerrie became an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance. Additionally, she has studied pilates – passing her examination through the APMA, performed in film clips, danced in numerous productions, and received an invitation to teach at Tokyo Communication Arts.

Nurturing her students’ love and appreciation of dance – with a strong focus on intrinsic motivation – is Kerrie’s driving force as an educator. With an exceptional 100% pass rate from all pupils entered in exams, Kerrie prioritises the individual needs of each student – shaping them into the best artist they can be.

Caitlin Byrnes

BA (hons) Teaching (UON)
Jazz | Hip Hop | Contemporary | Lyrical

Caitlin began dancing at the age of three – training in jazz, contemporary, classical ballet (RAD), hip hop and performance at a local Central Coast studio. She has extended her dance education through classes at Brent Street Studios and Sydney Dance Company, Disneyland performances, tuition in New York City, and the HSC dance curriculum – for which she received a Callback nomination.

Though an exceptional dancer in her own right, it is Caitlin’s innate talent for teaching that really shines. Having developed creative group and solo choreography from fifteen years of age, her trademark style is challenging, dynamic and powerful.

Caitlin is also a practicing secondary school teacher with split qualifications in drama and English.

Emily McCool

ARAD, RAD:RTS
Classical Ballet | Contemporary | Lyrical

Emily’s initial training in classical ballet, contemporary, lyrical, character and jazz all took place at Classique Dance. As our student, Emily excelled in RAD examinations and solo work. Completing all of her vocational ballet exams and achieving distinction in Advanced 2, Emily chose to further her classical education – training full time at The Conlan College.

Within a mere six weeks of full time training Emily was accepted into the Akademie des Tanzes in Mannheim, Germany. There she studied for two years, gaining invaluable experience in all aspects of classical ballet – from pas de deux and character, to contemporary.

Known for her visually impressive and stimulating choreography, Emily’s European training is unique and elegant in its influence. As a RAD qualified teacher (mentored by Miss Kerrie) and an innovative artist, Emily is a true asset to the Classique faculty.

Kelly Edwards

ARAD, RAD:RTS
Classical Ballet

Kelly began her classical training at the tender age of five, studying under the tuition of Warren Gasson. At just sixteen, she was accepted into Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy – gaining her RAD Advanced Ballet Certificate shortly after.

During her education at TPCCA Kelly was awarded principal roles with the Sydney City Youth Ballet, gaining the opportunity to work with respected industry choreographers like Tanja Leidtke (former Sydney Dance Company director) and Bill Pengelly (Australian Dance Theatre).

At eighteen, Kelly received acceptance to the Vienna State Opera Ballet School, Maurice Bejart Ballet School and Palucca Ballet School – located in Austria, Switzerland and Germany respectively. Having enjoyed her enriching education abroad, she returned to Australia to complete her RAD Teaching Certificate, gaining distinction.

Kelly has taught in many of Sydney’s leading ballet schools including TPCCA, Alegria and The McDonald College. With experience leading her own successful studio – Classical Dance Academy – Kelly is an accomplished and passionate educator.

Kirsten Auditor

Cert IV Dance (Ev & Bow)
Hip Hop | Jazz | Contemporary | Improvisation

Kirsten’s early dance training began within the walls of Classique. As a gifted and enthusiastic student of classical ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop, she successfully completed all RAD exams preceding Advanced 1.

Electing to pursue a career in contemporary dance, Kirsten spent a year at Ev & Bow – developing an invaluable understanding of complex and diverse techniques (Cunningham, Graham and Horton). Her mentor, Israeli choreographer Omer Backley-Astrachan, was instrumental in inspiring her love of improvisation, a skill Kirsten calls upon frequently in classes.

In addition to improving her contemporary, Kirsten actively sought to strengthen her hip hop, studying the methods and history of varied foundations (breaking, popping and locking) with the assistance of PHLY Crew founder Neale Whittaker.

Kirsten’s intricate choreography places focus on feeling and musicality, celebrating the distinctive individuality of each dancer.

Rebecca Player

LGTDA Cert, Master of Chiropractic Science (MU)
Tap | Classical Ballet | Contemporary | Lyrical

Bec has been involved in performance since she was just two, training in all aspects of performing arts. With strengths in LGTDA tap and RAD ballet, Rebecca received her education from Pam Lovett and Kerrie Smith respectively.

Bec has completed her LGTDA Teachers Certificate, achieving an outstanding 98% on her final exam. An avid instructor of LGTDA and the Glenn Wood tap syllabus, Bec believes in establishing a fun learning environment that also encourages the development of strong technique.

Rebecca’s passion for dance has also informed her professional chiropractic career, isolating her focus on the specific physical needs of dancers.

Emma Byrnes

Gymnastics Coach, Gymnastics Judge (WAG), BA Sociology, BA (hons) Sociology & Anthropology (UON)
Acrobatics

Emma’s early dance education blossomed into a passion for acrobatics, prompting gymnastics training at the age of six. During this first four years, Emma participated in women’s artistic gymnastics, competing at multiple state competitions.

At just ten, Emma toured Australia with The Great China Circus, learning the gymnastics sub-discipline of acrobatics from her professional idols. The following year she began competing in acrobatics, attending six consecutive national championships and ranking first, second and third over time.

Due to an injury at fifteen, Emma was unable to trial for the World Acrobatic Championships. During this time however, she discovered her passion for coaching gymnastics and dance. Emma is an encouraging, enthusiastic teacher, dedicated to teaching tricks safely.

Mychal Allanson

Woman’s Gymnastics Advanced Coach, Kindergym Intermediate Coach, Woman’s Gymnastics Beginner Judge (Gymnastics Australia)
Acrobatics

Mychal’s artistic side first developed in gymnastics, a form in which she trained for years. Competing solo in women’s artistic gymnastics, she has been awarded NSW state champion five times, NSW Combined High School Champion three times, ranked second and third overall at the Australian National Clubs Carnival, and crowned champion of the Border Challenge Trial.

After recovering from a serious gym injury, Mychal elected to study ballet at Classique. Developing a taste and talent for this new form of movement, she adopted multiple styles rapidly. In 2015, Mychal attained a scholarship to the prestigious Broadway Dance Center in New York, studying ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre abroad.

As an educator, Mychal is friendly, engaging and fair. Encouraging safe learning practice in a positive environment, she strives to shape students into confident, young acrobats.

Claire Wallace

ARAD, RAD:RTS
Classical Ballet | Contemporary | Lyrical

After formative classical training at the Kim Walton Ballet Academy, Claire joined Classique Dance – completing the majority of her RAD examinations under the tutelage of Miss Kerrie. Excelling in ballet and contemporary, she graduated from the Conlan College in 2015 after two intensive years of full-time.

Dedicated to expanding her knowledge and experience, Claire has achieved top results in all RAD examinations, attained her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, placed first in the YIPA dance category, and studied both the My Pointe Program and the My Beginner Pointe Program under former Australian Ballet principal Vicki Attard.

Claire motivates students to share in their passion for dance, taking effort to make all dancers feel valued and secure. Her edgy, innovative style places emphasis on clean lines, strengthening the overall technique and ability of her students.

Kellie Borg

BN, RN (UON)
Tap

Kellie began her studies at Classique at a young age, learning classical ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. Her love and flair for tap has been predominant throughout her dance education, and she has completed both LGTDA syllabus and Glenn Wood examinations – achieving excellent results consistently.

As a qualified practicing nurse, Kellie is a kind and nurturing teacher. She is proud to impart her own passion and skills to the younger students, in the hopes that they too may discover a lasting love of dance.

Kerrie Smith

ARAD, RAD:RTS, Dip. Dance Education: Higher Education
Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance | Classique Dance Founder
Classical Ballet | Contemporary | Lyrical

Kerrie’s lifelong love of dance stems from early memories of the Swan Lake soundtrack. After multiple impromptu living room performances for her long-suffering aunties, Kerrie’s mother eventually enrolled her in class.

Following years of training in classical ballet, contemporary and jazz, Kerrie completed her Advanced 2 ballet examination and Teachers Certificate with the RAD, in addition to completing her Advanced examination with the Spanish Dance Society (Flamenco and Escuela Bolero). Receiving distinction on her Intermediate Cecchitti exam, she was also awarded the qualification of ARAD – Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Kerrie is a mentor for the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies offered by the RAD, having successfully trained many of the Central Coast’s RAD teachers. A firm believer in the philosophy that one should never stop learning, she has also accomplished a voluntary Diploma in Dance Education.

In 2015, after an extensive, elite qualification process, Kerrie became an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance. Additionally, she has studied pilates – passing her examination through the APMA, performed in film clips, danced in numerous productions, and received an invitation to teach at Tokyo Communication Arts.

Nurturing her students’ love and appreciation of dance – with a strong focus on intrinsic motivation – is Kerrie’s driving force as an educator. With an exceptional 100% pass rate from all pupils entered in exams, Kerrie prioritises the individual needs of each student – shaping them into the best artist they can be.

Caitlin Byrnes

BA (hons) Teaching (UON)
Jazz | Hip Hop | Contemporary | Lyrical

Caitlin began dancing at the age of three – training in jazz, contemporary, classical ballet (RAD), hip hop and performance at a local Central Coast studio. She has extended her dance education through classes at Brent Street Studios and Sydney Dance Company, Disneyland performances, tuition in New York City, and the HSC dance curriculum – for which she received a Callback nomination.

Though an exceptional dancer in her own right, it is Caitlin’s innate talent for teaching that really shines. Having developed creative group and solo choreography from fifteen years of age, her trademark style is challenging, dynamic and powerful.

Caitlin is also a practicing secondary school teacher with split qualifications in drama and English.

Emily McCool

ARAD, RAD:RTS
Classical Ballet | Contemporary | Lyrical

Emily’s initial training in classical ballet, contemporary, lyrical, character and jazz all took place at Classique Dance. As our student, Emily excelled in RAD examinations and solo work. Completing all of her vocational ballet exams and achieving distinction in Advanced 2, Emily chose to further her classical education – training full time at The Conlan College.

Within a mere six weeks of full time training Emily was accepted into the Akademie des Tanzes in Mannheim, Germany. There she studied for two years, gaining invaluable experience in all aspects of classical ballet – from pas de deux and character, to contemporary.

Known for her visually impressive and stimulating choreography, Emily’s European training is unique and elegant in its influence. As an RAD qualified teacher (mentored by Miss Kerrie) and an innovative artist, Emily is a true asset to the Classique faculty.

Kelly Edwards

ARAD, RAD:RTS
Classical Ballet

Kelly began her classical training at the tender age of five, studying under the tuition of Warren Gasson. At just sixteen, she was accepted into Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy – gaining her RAD Advanced Ballet Certificate shortly after.

During her education at TPCCA Kelly was awarded principal roles with the Sydney City Youth Ballet, gaining the opportunity to work with respected industry choreographers like Tanja Leidtke (former Sydney Dance Company director) and Bill Pengelly (Australian Dance Theatre).

At eighteen, Kelly received acceptance to the Vienna State Opera Ballet School, Maurice Bejart Ballet School and Palucca Ballet School – located in Austria, Switzerland and Germany respectively. Having enjoyed her enriching education abroad, she returned to Australia to complete her RAD Teaching Certificate, gaining distinction.

Kelly has taught in many of Sydney’s leading ballet schools including TPCCA, Alegria and The McDonald College. With experience leading her own successful studio – Classical Dance Academy – Kelly is an accomplished and passionate educator.

Kirsten Auditor

Cert IV Dance (Ev & Bow)
Hip Hop | Jazz | Contemporary | Improvisation

Kirsten’s early dance training began within the walls of Classique. As a gifted and enthusiastic student of classical ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop, she successfully completed all RAD exams preceding Advanced 1.

Electing to pursue a career in contemporary dance, Kirsten spent a year at Ev & Bow – developing an invaluable understanding of complex and diverse techniques (Cunningham, Graham and Horton). Her mentor, Israeli choreographer Omer Backley-Astrachan, was instrumental in inspiring her love of improvisation, a skill Kirsten calls upon frequently in classes.

In addition to improving her contemporary, Kirsten actively sought to strengthen her hip hop, studying the methods and history of varied foundations (breaking, popping and locking) with the assistance of PHLY Crew founder Neale Whittaker.

Kirsten’s intricate choreography places focus on feeling and musicality, celebrating the distinctive individuality of each dancer.

Rebecca Player

LGTDA Cert, Master of Chiropractic Science (MU)
Tap | Classical Ballet | Contemporary | Lyrical

Bec has been involved in performance since she was just two, training in all aspects of performing arts. With strengths in LGTDA tap and RAD ballet, Rebecca received her education from Pam Lovett and Kerrie Smith respectively.

Bec has completed her LGTDA Teachers Certificate, achieving an outstanding 98% on her final exam. An avid instructor of LGTDA and the Glenn Wood tap syllabus, Bec believes in establishing a fun learning environment that also encourages the development of strong technique.

Rebecca’s passion for dance has also informed her professional chiropractic career, isolating her focus on the specific physical needs of dancers.

Emma Byrnes

Gymnastics Coach, Gymnastics Judge (WAG), BA Sociology, BA (hons) Sociology & Anthropology (UON)
Acrobatics

Emma’s early dance education blossomed into a passion for acrobatics, prompting gymnastics training at the age of six. During this first four years, Emma participated in women’s artistic gymnastics, competing at multiple state competitions.

At just ten, Emma toured Australia with The Great China Circus, learning the gymnastics sub-discipline of acrobatics from her professional idols. The following year she began competing in acrobatics, attending six consecutive national championships and ranking first, second and third over time.

Due to an injury at fifteen, Emma was unable to trial for the World Acrobatic Championships. During this time however, she discovered her passion for coaching gymnastics and dance. Emma is an encouraging, enthusiastic teacher, dedicated to teaching tricks safely.

Mychal Allanson

Woman’s Gymnastics Advanced Coach, Kindergym Intermediate Coach, Woman’s Gymnastics Beginner Judge (Gymnastics Australia)
Acrobatics

Mychal’s artistic side first developed in gymnastics, a form in which she trained for years. Competing solo in women’s artistic gymnastics, she has been awarded NSW state champion five times, NSW Combined High School Champion three times, ranked second and third overall at the Australian National Clubs Carnival, and crowned champion of the Border Challenge Trial.

After recovering from a serious gym injury, Mychal elected to study ballet at Classique. Developing a taste and talent for this new form of movement, she adopted multiple styles rapidly. In 2015, Mychal attained a scholarship to the prestigious Broadway Dance Center in New York, studying ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre abroad.

As an educator, Mychal is friendly, engaging and fair. Encouraging safe learning practice in a positive environment, she strives to shape students into confident, young acrobats.

Claire Wallace

ARAD, RAD:RTS
Classical Ballet | Contemporary | Lyrical

After formative classical training at the Kim Walton Ballet Academy, Claire joined Classique Dance – completing the majority of her RAD examinations under the tutelage of Miss Kerrie. Excelling in ballet and contemporary, she graduated from the Conlan College in 2015 after two intensive years of full-time.

Dedicated to expanding her knowledge and experience, Claire has achieved top results in all RAD examinations, attained her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, placed first in the YIPA dance category, and studied both the My Pointe Program and the My Beginner Pointe Program under former Australian Ballet principal Vicki Attard.

Claire motivates students to share in their passion for dance, taking effort to make all dancers feel valued and secure. Her edgy, innovative style places emphasis on clean lines, strengthening the overall technique and ability of her students.

Kellie Borg

BN, RN (UON)
Tap

Kellie began her studies at Classique at a young age, learning classical ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. Her love and flair for tap has been predominant throughout her dance education, and she has completed both LGTDA syllabus and Glenn Wood examinations – achieving excellent results consistently.

As a qualified practicing nurse, Kellie is a kind and nurturing teacher. She is proud to impart her own passion and skills to the younger students, in the hopes that they too may discover a lasting love of dance.

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