About Us

Inara Svalbe OBE started teaching ballet at Oxley in 1968. In January 2000, Inara registered Centenary Dance Academy as a new business name and was joined by new atistic and administrative business partners. The studio has since grown in leaps, bounds and grand jetés and now has a teaching staff of more than twenty-five teachers and assistant teachers and offers a wide range of classes and genres. The studio’s latest change is a team-based approach to studio management as part of its move to new studios. Each change in this long tradition has affirmed the core philosophy of CDA: enabling every person to experience the joy of dance.

Miss Svalbe is supported by Glynnis Gordon-Eames, Director of Ballet, and Michael Barker-Hicks, Director of Jazz & Tap. Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to CDA.

We pride ourselves on providing a high standard of training whilst remaining an inclusive and caring environment where everyone experiences the joy of dance. From three year old ballerinas and adults learning for the very first time to students set on a professional path and those who just love dancing, we hope to enable everyone to discover the joy, passion and excitement that comes from participating in the world of dance.

About the Acadeny's Directors

 

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Director: INARA SVALBE OBE

OBE (Director), ARAD, Solo Seal, RTS, Dip ABS, RAD Ballet Life Member (Grade2 to Solo Seal)

Inara trained in Brisbane with Charles Lisner OBE, the founder of the Queensland Ballet and then with Phyllis Danaher MBE. Inara, at age 15, was the youngest student accepted into the inaugural year of The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. Inara has performed with Borovansky Ballet, J.C. Williamson in musicals, and The Australian Ballet with Fonteyn and Nureyev. Inara has also performed soloist roles with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and principal roles with Ballet Theatre of Queensland under Phyllis Danaher MBE, and contemporary dance with the Queensland Modern and Contemporary Dance Co. A dancer, choreographer and costume designer, Inara then started teaching. She became the Assistant Artistic Director of BTQ and the Artistic Director of QMCD. Choreography continued with The Royal Queensland Theatre Company, Peter Moselle Revues and the Frank Mesh Living Room Revues.

In 1978 Inara founded The Australian Youth Ballet with the late Ken McCaffrey, touring Australia and Great Britain. In 1980 the late Don Taylor recognised Inara as one of Queensland’s leading women in a photographic exhibition. She was further recognised in 1982 by receiving the inaugural “Woman of Achievement” Award by the Zonta Club of Brisbane.

In 1985 Inara was awarded the Queen’s Medal, Order of the British Empire (OBE). In 2001 the Queensland Performing Arts Museum honoured her work with an exhibition “Dancing by Design” where her costumes are now held as a part of the history of dance in Queensland.

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Director of Ballet: GLYNNIS GORDON-EAMES

Royal Academy of Dance Registered Ballet Teacher RADRTS, Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies Tutor CBTS, Royal Academy of Dance Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies DDTS Practical Teaching Supervisor, SADTA Contemporary and Jazz (Associate), Dancer

Glynnis Gordon-Eames is a fully qualified and registered Royal Academy of Dance Ballet teacher with over 25 years of dance teaching experience in Australia and internationally.  She was principal of her own successful dance school in Johannesburg, South Africa for over 15 years and entered students for RAD Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations, Annual Performances and Eisteddfods achieving outstanding success.
Glynnis commenced her early ballet training with Gail McConachy in South Africa at the age of seven. She attended the Johannesburg National School of Arts and graduated with a Distinction in Ballet. Glynnis trained and studied various genres of dance under the expert tutelage of Hilary Kaplan (RAD Dual Ballet Examiner and Tutor, Dual Examiner Spanish Dance Society), the late Reina Berman (FRAD Examiner), Bernice Lloyd (RAD Ballet and Dance Performance), Jean Beckley, Bonita Marx (Classical Greek ISDT) and Sandra Rosenberg (Contemporary and Jazz  SADTA, Dancecor). Glynnis continued her dance training abroad and also attended numerous seminars and professional development teaching courses at the RAD Headquarters in London. In 1999 Glynnis relocated to Australia with her husband and two daughters.
Glynnis' Ballet students have excelled, achieving honours and distinctions for their RAD Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations.  Her students have consistently gained high exam results including distinctions for Advanced 2. They have also been recipients of Royal Academy of Dance scholarships, bursaries and awards, and have had the privilege of entering the prestigious RAD Adeline Genée Silver Trophy Competition.
Glynnis’ Ballet students have been accepted into the Australian Ballet School full-time and interstate programs, Queensland Ballet Junior Extension Program, Ballet Theatre Queensland, Queensland Dance School of Excellence (Ballet and Dance Streams), QUT Bachelor of Fine Arts, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, SABT, Cape Town City Ballet and other Professional Dance Companies. Glynnis' choreographic works have won numerous awards and have been showcased at the Royal Academy's "Posy of Dance" in South Africa.
In 2005 Glynnis was appointed as a Tutor for the RAD's internationally recognised Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) and more recently as a Practical Teaching Supervisor for the RAD’s Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies (DDTS) which is an exciting new programme working across a wide range of professional contexts.  Over the years Glynnis has mentored and tutored many Student RAD Teachers to obtain their RAD Registered Teacher Status (RADRTS).
Glynnis is very passionate about teaching, focusing on nurturing each student to achieve their personal best.

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Director of Jazz & Tap: MICHAEL BARKER-HICKS

Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop

Michael has taken on the role of director of Jazz and Tap at CDA this year. Has also continued to develop the dance department at Corinda State High as dance coordinator, heading up the senior curriculum as well as the co-curricular troupes and crews.

Before receiving a post graduate diploma in arts education with distinction, Michael worked professionally as a dancer and performer. Working throughout the United Kingdom and on the high seas as part of the Princess Cruises (Carnival Corporation) Production dancer team. While traveling the world doing what he loves, he was also working towards a Batchelor of Creative Industries. This set the foundation for both a rigours performance and teaching career. Michael has since stopped performing and now is focussed solely on teaching and in any given week trains over 150 students across Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre and Contemporary. He is focussed now on further developing an already thriving dance excellence program and continuing to provide a vibrant and world class dance education to young people.

As a member of various organisations and community groups, Michael has built contacts in the industry both locally and abroad, this has led to a range of career opportunities for students over the years. Michael is commencing his Masters of education degree at QUT next year which will further consolidate his skill set as a dance practitioner in Australia.

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