The Balletcoaching Team
Director - Ballet
Monique has been teaching for over 25 years and has been successfully coaching ballet students on the Northern Rivers for the past 18 years after running a successful Ballet School in three Sydney locations. Monique offers expert dance tuition in a disciplined but encouraging, caring and nurturing environment whether for a vocational career in dance or as an enhancement to the overall general future of the recreational student. Monique is registered to enter ballet examination candidates in both RAD and Cecchetti.
Each year students with Monique regularly achieve top Honours in exams, winning and placing in the state, national and international competitions, scholarships and eisteddfods and gain entry to worldwide vocational dance and performance schools and tertiary institutions as well as going on to professional dancing careers.
Monique completed her Ballet training in the Cecchetti Method and RAD (Advanced and Solo Seal) in Sydney and London (at Rambert Ballet School) before embarking on a successful international professional ballet career as a Soloist throughout Europe for over 10 years in Classical Ballet and Musical Theatre.
Upon her return to Australia Monique completed her teaching qualifications where she was awarded The Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and Licentiate Diploma in History and Anatomy studies by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London and in 2005 Monique was awarded her Cecchetti “Fellow” – the highest teaching qualification awarded by the Cecchetti Society of Australia.
Monique trained under Jan Metcalf FISTD, FCBA. CICB Senior Cecchetti Examiner, Prudence Bowen FRAD Dual RAD Examiner, Valrene Tweedie OAM, and Dame Marie Rambert and was privileged to have coaching from former Cecchetti students Margaret Craske, Nora Roche and Laura Wilson in London.
Monique’s Repertoire Highlights include: Myrtha in Giselle, Lise’s girlfriend in La Fille mal Gardee, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Carmen, The Nutcracker, Ondine, The Sleeping Beauty, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Daphnis and Chloe, Scherezade, Rhapsody in Blue, Salome and Princess Turandot. Singing and dancing roles in musicals and operettas including: A Chorus Line, Can Can, Oliver, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, The Merry Widow, Chicago, Fiddler on the roof, Corousel, Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Anything Goes, Hello Dolly, West Side Story, and many more.
FellowCBA, CICB, ARAD, AIDTA, L(Dip)ISTD. RAD MRT. (Mutually Recognised Teacher) Holder of the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management CUA4021, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110 First Aid HLTFA311A Working with Children Check 5E564F/01/11/2012
Dance Teacher - Jazz, Tap and Contemporary
Kara's passion for all things dance began at the age of five. Her earliest memories are of her creating her own musicals in the back yard with the family pets as her fellow cast members.
Growing up Kara studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, Pilates, singing, and musical theatre. As a teenager her spark for choreography was lit when she began choreographing some of her own performance routines and fondly remembers hours and hours spent in the garage with the music and tap shoes driving her siblings up the wall.
After suffering a fractured sacrum at sixteen, Kara turned her focus to teaching and began her training under the guidance of Dian Parker where she completed her teacher training with the A.T.O.D.
Over her many years of teaching performance and exam work locally, past students of Kara's have had great success in the commercial industry from music videos and cruise ships to Bollywood film sets.
We welcome Kara as a valued member of our team where she will be teaching Jazz and Tap dance.
Dance Teacher - Modern, Contemporary and High School Dance Extension classes
Angela has always had a passion for dance. She began her dance training at a young age in Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Ballet. In 2007 Angela was privileged to be accepted into DanceTANK Youth Company, which was a collaboration of 23 dancers selected to workshop and create a performance at the Sydney Opera House with one of Australia’s prominent choreographers, Anton. In 2008 she was accepted into Pulse8 Dance Company in Manly working with artistic director Kay Armstrong and many other choreographers including Sarah Vyne Vassallo and Mike Van Loon.
Angela went on to study at the Australian College of Physical Education in 2010 studying Bachelor of Dance Education in which she completed at the end of the 2013. Whilst completing her studies Angela taught at Van Loon Dance Academy in Manly & St Ives, where she shared her passion for teaching Jazz & Contemporary. She taught a range of year groups over the 4 years with Van Loon Dance Academy ranging from ages 6-13 years old.
In 2014 Angela made the move to the Far North Coast as a Secondary School Teacher in Dance & PDHPE teaching years 7-12. At the completion of 2014, HSC candidates received nominations for “Callback” dance performance & composition and one student also receiving first in NSW for Dance. Angela is excited to continue to share her passion for dance and be inspired by the dancers.
We're thrilled to have Angela on our teaching team where she will be teaching HSC extension and Contemporary Dance.