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
Jazz, Tap and Contemporary Dance Teacher
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.
Jazz and Contemporary Dance Teacher
We welcome Brooke as a valued member of our team where she will be teaching Jazz and Contemporary dance.
After extensive dance training in many styles and completing dance for the HSC Brooke went on to complete a BA Dip Ed and now teches at local primary schools. She has many years experience as both a dancer and teacher and we are thrilled to be able to learn from her expertise.