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, 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.
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.
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.
Jo-Anne Hocking Joaquim studied ballet full time with Joy & Dawn Ransley before moving to London to study at the Royal Ballet School.
Before taking up a contract with a Ballet Company in Germany she studied for a further 3 months in Monte Carlo with Marika Besobrasova at the Princess Grace Académie de Classique
Having married overseas Jo-Anne returned to Australia to start a family. She started teaching as soon as she arrived home and has found that it is something she loves to do, more of a passion than a job!
Cooper Terry grew up in Mount Gambier and began his performing arts tuition at age nine under Maria Slape at MJ Dance Studio.
In 2014 Cooper was invited to train full-time in the Classical Ballet and Artistic Development Course at Studio Tibor, in Sydney and in 2016 was lucky enough to secure a place in the Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year.
Cooper has developed works with many internationally recognised choreographers and artists, including Lloyd Newson (artistic director of DV8), Kristina Chan, Antony Hamilton and Rafael Bonachela (artistic director of Sydney Dance Company).Cooper teaches at Classical Ballet 121 and Brent Street and is very excited to share his wealth of knowledge from SDC, together with his many experiences in various techniques and dance styles, with our students.
Chelsea Hendry has always loved to dance! At the age of 5 Chelsea began her training in all styles of dance at Ettinghausens in Sydney’s south. After completing her HSC at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts Chelsea went on to study full time dance at Ev and Bow Fulltime Contemporary Academy under the directorship of Sarah Boulter, the renowned So You Think You Can Dance choreographer.
Chelsea has been teaching at The Teresa Johnson Ballet School for the past two years and most recently completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the University of Wollongong.
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.
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.
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.
Veronica Mahon trained at the Australian Ballet School receiving Dux of the year in 1998 before joining the Australian Ballet Company in 1999. In 2003, she moved to the USA to work with The Atlantic Southeast Ballet Company in South Carolina and spent 2007 with Sydney Dance Company.
Veronica commenced her teacher training at the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy (MWM) in Newcastle, where she piloted the Royal Academy of Dance NEW (RAD) Intermediate and Intermediate foundation syllabuses, and taught students from Grade 1 to Solo Seal.
In 2013 Veronica received a distinction for her RAD Professional Dance Teachers Diploma and is now a freelance RAD Teacher and choreographer.
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, 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.
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.