Faculty


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Teresa Johnson, ARAD, Solo Seal, RAD RTS, Diploma in Ballet, UCT, danced professionally for CAPAB Ballet Company after completing the Ballet Diploma Course at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.Teresa completed all the Royal Academy of Dance examinations, was awarded her RAD Solo Seal in 1981 and in 1982 passed the RAD Student Teachers examination. Teresa is a fully registered teacher and a mentor for the Royal Academy of Dance.

Gillian Revie

Gillian Revie, trained at The Royal Ballet School in London and joined The Royal Ballet Company in 1987. In 1989 Gillian was chosen by Sir Kenneth MacMillan to dance the role of Mary Vetsera in his ballet Mayerling. Gillian remained with The Royal Ballet for over 20 years and danced many principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy, Anastasia and Manon. She also had the privilege of being partnered by some of the world’s greatest male ballet stars including Irek Mukhamedov, Carlos Acosta, Jonathan Cope, Johan Kobborg and Edward Watson. In 2007 Gillian completed The Royal Ballet School Teacher Training Course for Professional Dancers with Distinction and in 2008 joined the staff of the English National Ballet School.

Katie Schleiss

Katie Schleiss began her training at the Wallasey School of Ballet in the UK. After attaining her BBO teaching qualifications, Katie danced professionally in Europe and the UK. Katie’s passion for dance has taken her travelling worldwide teaching and performing.

Her career highlights includes performing for an international Cruise Company as Production Manager/Dance Captain and Assistant to the Choreographer. Katie is extremely happy to be teaching for The Teresa Johnson Ballet School and is enjoying living in Sydney.

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Antonia Johnson, ARAD, Solo Seal, commenced her ballet studies at the age of three with The Teresa Johnson Ballet School in Paddington, Sydney. At TTJBS she passed all the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams from Primary to Advanced Two with a High Distinction. 
In 2013 Antonia started studying full time under the tutelage of Gillian Revie at Classical Ballet 121.  Antonia was awarded the Runner Up and Third Place at the AICD Houston Ballet Scholarship held in Sydney in 2014 and 2015 and was a Scholarship recipient and semi-finalist at the Alana Haines Australasia 2015 Awards. Antonia has also been fortunate enough to be selected to attend The Royal Ballet School Summer School at both White Lodge (2012) and Covent Garden (2014, 2015). 
 In 2015 Antonia was offered a place at Elmhurst school for Dance, in association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. While studying at Elmhurst, Antonia was awarded 1st place for the annual solo’s competition as well as receiving her Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award. Antonia was also fortunate enough to have many performance opportunities in the UK including, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ‘An Evening of Dance and Music’ at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, as well as performing in the Selfridges ‘Shakespeare Refashioned’ event. Antonia is a registered teacher of the  Royal Academy of Dance and has completed her Certificate of Ballet Teachers Studies.

Alex Frost commenced her dance training at the age of three. She has trained in a variety of dance styles including Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical theatre. She achieved up to Advanced 1 Level from the Royal Academy of Dance while training with the Teresa Johnson Ballet School in Sydney. Alex has completed a Diploma of Elite Performing Arts at Brent Street Performing Arts and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Dance Practice at the Australian College of Physical Education. Alex has a strong passion for choreography and dance production appreciating the strength of performing arts in both the dance and commercial world. Her teaching focuses on raising the dance skills and capabilities of each student while helping them to build their uniqueness in the world of dance.

Guest Teachers

Darcey

Dame Darcey Bussell CBE, former Principal Ballerina with The Royal Ballet. Darcey has graced the International Stages of the world as one of the greatest ballerinas of our time. We are so lucky to have her come in and guest coach our students when she is back in Sydney!

Marie

Marie Walton-Mahon is a Duel Examiner, Tutor and Life Member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Marie is not only a professional educator who is recognized world-wide for her innovative teaching techniques but also for her passion in sharing the joy of dance. Marie offers students the opportunity to grow both as professional dancers, and in their personal self-esteem. Many of Marie’s students are living their dreams by dancing on the stages of the world – throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.

Marie encourages students to have a sustainable approach to their abilities, to actively pursue their careers, and also to be flexible in their approach, as the Dance Industry offers many avenues to explore. Students have gone on to excel in Choreography, Television and Film work, Physiotherapy and Teaching. Marie has been offered positions with prestigious ballet schools around the world but maintains her commitment to Australia.

Linda Grotto Fabbro

Linda Grotto Fabbro, BA (Hons) Dance Ed., RAD T.D. Linda studied ballet with Trixy Boss, Prudence Bowen and Character with Margret Walker and was a member of Sydney International Dancers for over 10 years.
Linda has been a fully registered RAD teacher since 1989 and has worked extensively preparing children for RAD examinations from Pre-primary to Intermediate.

Over the past 10 years Linda has also been involved teaching dance in education in both Primary and High school including HSC Dance.

Jodi

Jodi Rose, an accomplished artist who performed with the Joffrey Ballet Company in New York. In addition to working with the Joffrey, she received critical acclaim while touring as a guest artist in traditional ballets such as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and Serenade. A further highlight was being selected to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet and Margot Fonteyn.

Poppy Lynch is a qualified Yoga teacher who teaches for multiple organisations as a corporate and private Yoga Instructor. She loves combining meditation, breath and movement in the practices she teaches. Businesses she works with include – Giants Netball, UTS Sparks Netball, Curtis Brown Publishing, Nash Management, BAIN and Partners and Daybreak Fitness. She is an ex-student of the Teresa Johnson Ballet School and a WAAPA trained actor. She utilizes these performance skills, and an understanding of the requirements of a dancer, to run fun and energizing sessions that focus on developing movement awareness, mental stabilization and balance.

Shannon Ryan

Shannon Ryan, ARAD, has studied a variety of dance forms from a young age. After completing her schooling at The McDonald College she completed the two year full time course at the Ev and Bow Training Centre. This enabled her to work with and for leading dance professionals such as Sarah Boulter (So You Think You Can Dance) and Carly O’Connor. Shannon has also completed all the ballet examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Renee Lindsay

Renee Lindsay, has trained in all Styles of Dance including RAD Ballet, Contemporary, Modern/Lyrical, Jazz & Tap. Originally from the Mid North Coast, Renee moved to Sydney in 2006 after completing her HSC to study full time at Brent Street Performing Arts, where she completed her Certificate IV in Performing Arts. During Her time at Brent Street Renee was taught by some of the industries leading teachers and choreographers.

Renee is presently studying for a Bachelor of Dance Education at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Renee has appeared in television commercials, short films, on stage and in various children theatre shows.

 Pianist

Soo Jin Kim

Soo Jin Kim, completed a Bachelor of Music in South Korea and has since worked with soloists and choirs as a collaborative pianist as well as teaching music to students. In 2006 Soo Jin moved to Sydney and started to develop a career as a ballet pianist.

Soo Jin has played as accompanist for the Royal Academy of Dance examinations for numerous ballet schools across Sydney as well as many international ballet schools when they come to Sydney to hold auditions.
Soo Jin has played the piano for ballet classes and exams at The Teresa Johnson Ballet School and McDonald College for the past 5 years.