CDA Directors

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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 Bachelor of Creative Industries. This set the foundation for both a rigours performance and teaching career. Michael has since stopped performing and now is focused 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.

 

CDA Teachers

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TRACEY CARRODUS

Ballet

Brisbane born Tracey Carrodus trained with the Queensland Ballet School and received an Associate Diploma in Dance from the Queensland University of Technology. She spent six years dancing with Brisbane-based Expressions Dance Company before joining Sydney Dance Company in 1996 where she was Principal for nearly 14 years. Her high profile in the Arts has been publicly rewarded (2008 – Critics’ Choice Award - Nominated for Best Female Dancer five times; 2006 – Australian Dance Award - Nominated for Best Female Dancer for Grand and Cut; 2005 – Australian Green Room Awards - Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Individual for Grand; 2004 – Helpmann Awards - Nominated for Best Female Dancer for Shades of Gray; 2003 – MO Awards - Nominated for Dance Performer of the Year for Tivoli, Critics’ Choice Award - Winner for the Most Outstanding Artist/Dancer of the Year; 2002 – MO Awards - Winner for Dance Performer of the Year for Tivoli, Australian Green Room Awards - Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Individual for Tivoli; 2001 – Australian Dance Awards - Winner of Outstanding Performance in a Stage Musical for Tivoli, Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an individual for Tivoli; 1999 – Australian Green Room Awards - Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Individual for Salome; 1998 – Alumni Awards - Winner for The Performing Arts for Salome, Australian Green Room Awards - Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Individual for Salome, Helpmann Awards - Nominated for Best Female Dancer for Salome). Tracey has performed extensively throughout the world during her 20 year career.

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LUCY FLOOK

Jazz, Tap

Lucy has taught Dance in both school and studio settings for a number of years and is a proud Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance (C.S.T.D.) trained teacher. Currently working for the Department of Education and Training (DET) in Arts Curriculum development, Lucy is a Qld Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) State Dance Panellist and the Partnerships Manager for the Ausdance Educators Queensland (AEQ). Lucy co-ordinated the Performing Arts at Brigidine College for a number of years and has performed in a range of productions such as: a street and suit performer at Warner Brothers Movie World, numerous productions for the South East Qld Drama circuit, various short films, a voice-over artist and puppeteer for Channel 10’s children’s show ‘Wurrawhy’ and a member of Harvest Rain Theatre’s Velocity Dance Crew. Lucy has training in tap, jazz, ballet and contemporary and has choreographed numerous school musicals as well as the Starlight Theatre productions of Forbidden Broadway, Godspell and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Currently completing a Masters of Education (Arts Education) at Australian Catholic University, Lucy is passionate about all areas of the Arts and is the current Education Liaison Officer for the Powerhouse Theatre.  Lucy has a beautiful boy Theo James, who is the absolute highlight of her life.

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PHILIP ALLAN

Pas de Deux

Philip has a Diploma of Ballet from The Rambert School (London).  He was a professional ballet dancer with Irish National Ballet, and Royal New Zealand Ballet, and appeared with Paris Opera Ballet in their season of La Bayadere.  Philip’s Musical Theatre credits include Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Cats, Oklahoma, and The Mikado, to name a few.  Philip is currently a Freelance Classical Ballet Teacher, specialising in Boys Coaching and Pas de deux. He has also appeared in TV/Film such as Heaven’s Gate, Secrets and Lies and The Inbetweeners 2.

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SUZANNE COMBEMOREL

Pilates ‐ Stretch & Conditioning, Ballet

After learning from Inara Svalbe, Suzanne passed her RAD Advanced with Honours before graduating from the Australian Ballet School with an Advanced Diploma of Dance. In Australia she has worked with The Dancers Company, The Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet and Opera Australia.

Suzanne enjoyed a successful career with the Moulin Rouge Paris, touring internationally to America performing at the Hollywood Bowl, Asia, Europe and performing as guest artists at the 2009 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Suzanne had a role created for her in the opera “Orlando” choreographed by contemporary baroque choreographer Ana Yepes, which was performed for two seasons at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and once at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain. Again working with Ana Yepes she performed as a soloist at the Opera National of Marseille in “Sampiero Corso”. Suzanne choreographed and performed two solos “Dodecalite Carre” and “Alliteration II” in co-production with Ensemble Polychronies and the University of Toulon. As a freelance artist based in the South of France Suzanne performed in numerous cabarets, galas, parades, television shows and various touring engagements in Marocco and Taiwan.

Suzanne has worked as a choreographer, repetitrice, casting assistant and teacher. She was twice invited as a specialist jury member for final examinations of students at the Conservatoire of the Haute-Alpes in France. She holds a diploma in French Language Studies from the University of Aix-Marseille. After studying under Franklin Method specialist Pilates teacher Annemieke Jonas in Amsterdam she has now completed her Certificate IV in Pilates Matwork Instruction and is a certified Xtend Barre instructor.

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LAUREN CARR

Contemporary

Lauren started dancing at the age of 4 in her hometown of Taree, NSW.  She moved to New Zealand to study at the NZ School of Dance in 2003 majoring in Contemporary. Lauren’s graduating year saw her accept a contract with Black Grace Dance Company, touring extensively throughout America and Canada, Germany, Switzerland, New Caledonia, Guam, Hawaii and New Zealand. In 2010 Lauren joined Dance North, performing in Macau and travelling to New York City for a residency at the Barishnicov Arts Centre. Lauren has now been working with Java Dance Company for 4 years and performs seasons of 'Back of the Bus’ here, there and everywhere. Last year performing 37 shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The hard work and enthusiasm of the students at Centenary Dance Academy push her to create classes that inspire the dancers to move in ways that are grounded, natural and stretch them beyond their perceived boundaries.

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JAMIE KNOP

Ballet

After completing her Diploma in Dance at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence, Jamie went on to achieve her Advanced Diploma of Classical Dance at the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne, under Director Beverly Jane Fry. During her training she received several awards including the Most Improved Dancer and the Friends of QDSE Contemporary Award (QDSE) and the Dance Medicine Australia Award for Advancement (NTBS).

In Australia, Jamie has worked with Melanie Crowe Dance Company, Melbourne Dance Theatre, Melbourne Opera and numerous other commercial engagements. Travelling to Europe she worked with Les Ballet Persans (Sweden), Compagnia Danza Viva (Italy), Rambert Youth Dance Company (UK), and Vortice. Dance Company (Portugal).

She completed her Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma with Distinction in at the Royal Academy of Dance (Headquarters) in London and is now an International Tutor for the RAD. Jamie has taught at the RAD's International Summer School in Singapore and at the International (Vocational) Summer School in Japan 2014.

Jamie has been teaching ballet and contemporary for the past 10 years in Australia and Portugal. She now teaches and choreographs for several schools in Brisbane.

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COURTNEY CRACK

Ballet

Miss Courtney commenced her dance training at the age of 4 and has been teaching since the age of 15. Courtney completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance in 2011 and has been putting students forward for their RAD examinations since this time. Courtney is also graduating from the University of Queensland in December with a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education. In 2015, Courtney will begin teaching as a HPE and Dance teacher at St Mary’s Ipswich. Courtney began at CDA in 2013 and looks forward to continuing to teach in 2015.

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NIKEISHA PLUMRIDGE

Tap, Jazz, Contemporary

Nikeisha began her dance journey at age two training in all style from ballet through to acrobatics. Nikeisha has studied under the CSTD syllabus and obtains the highest level in both jazz and tap and the first major exam of ballet. Between dancing Nikeisha was trained in rhythmic gymnastics competing up to level 7 in state and national competitions. Throughout school Nikeisha was the dance captain of their dance troupe and extended her talents to choreographing and coaching the team for three additional years. Nikeisha has sixteen years of experience in the eisteddfod world and loves to see the smile and joy on the faces of her students doing what they love. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Education majoring in Health and Physical Education at QUT, she is also currently studying for her CSTD Jazz teachers’ certificate.

Nikeisha is very passionate in her dance teaching and looks forward to installing the love and joy for dance in each and everyone one of her students.

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JENNIFER HOGAN

Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop

Jennifer Hogan is a Brisbane based dance and theatre artist, and a new teacher to Centenary Dance Academy. She has over twelve years of dance training across the fields of jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and contemporary.  She is currently working towards her CSTD Jazz student teacher certificate, and her Advanced Gold Star CSTD Tap. Jennifer has performed in both group and solo dance eisteddfods over the years including Wynnum- Manly, BPAC, Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba. Jennifer has over 3 years of physical theatre acting training, specialising in the Suzuki Method of actor training, and Butoh dance. In 2014, she completed a 5 month internship with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, selected as one of eight artists. During the internship, she had the exciting opportunity to train and perform in Japan with the renowned Butoh Company, Dairakudakan, in their show Crazy Camel. Jennifer’s other show works include 100th year UQ Women’s College Anniversary at City Hall (Zen Zen Zo 2014), In Memory (Zen Zen Zo In The Raw Season 2014), The Lost Thing (Zen Zen Zo 2013). Currently, Jennifer is excited to be apart of the newly founded theatre ensemble, Audax Industria Ensemble, currently working towards their show, Rumination, featuring in Short and Sweet Festival in July.

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SHANNON LOVELL

Ballet

Shannon Lovell began her love of ballet with Glynnis Gordon-Eames at the age of 2, and continued through to Advanced levels, gaining distinctions for all her examinations. Shannon was a member of Ballet Theatre Queensland from 2008 to 2010; she is currently studying Occupational Therapy at UQ and thoroughly enjoys teaching ballet at CDA. Shannon is currently enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies( RAD CBTS)  

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LYN BEARD

Ballet

Lyn has enjoyed an eclectic mix of dance all her life. Her first and enduring love was ballet, in which she trained with well-known Sydney teacher Tanya Pearson. She then discovered the delights of International folk and character dance, training and performing with teachers from Russia, Mexico, Hungary and the Philippines to name a few. Meanwhile she attended classes at Bodenweiser modern dance centre and studied for what was to be her “day job”- a biologist at University.  Since moving to Queensland, she has danced competitive ballroom for many years, continued her interest in folk dancing and teaching dance in community settings,  and again taken up teaching (and practising) ballet. She currently enjoys teaching adult beginners ballet at CDA and believes there is no such thing as “can’t dance”!

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MELANIE FULLER

Tap

Melanie has been involved in dance for the past two decades as a dancer, teacher and choreographer with various dance schools throughout Queensland. She has been involved in a number of dance groups, including the Brisbane Bronco Cheerleaders, as well as performing and choreographing for local musical theatre productions. Melanie specialises in teaching tap technique from the CSTD syllabus and has been taking students through their exams for over five years. Melanie began dancing at the age of seven with Shellaan Valk of Diamond Dance Academy in Rockhampton.

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EMMA DWYER

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre

Over five years experience as teacher assistant,

now in her fourth year of teaching.

RAD Adv 1, CSTD Jazz 8, CSTD Tap Advanced Gold Bar,

Musical Theatre 2nd year intern at Harvest Rain Theatre Company.

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SANDRA CHEN

Baby Dance with Me, Creative Dance

Originally from Sydney, Sandra has studied ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary. As a child, she completed dance exams in ballet, tap and jazz, and competed in numerous eisteddfods. Sandra worked in the entertainment department of Sega World in Darling Harbour as dance captain, and was a lead tap dancer in the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. She has performed with Bankstown Theatrical Society and various corporate and charity events such as Hats Off! Sydney.

Sandra has over 15 years of dance teaching/choreographic experience. She has taught all styles of dance at various dance schools in Sydney, preparing students for eisteddfods, performances and examinations in ballet, tap and jazz. Sandra has choreographed for Bankstown Theatrical Society and taught at various workshops.

Sandra has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in Primary school teaching.

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CATHERINE PROCTOR

All Abilities Dance

Catherine has been dancing with Centenary Dance Academy for many years, firstly doing Ballet and in the last few years has taken up Tap also. She started off as an assistant teacher, but has been teaching the class herself since the age of 15. Just recently two assistant teachers, Miss Annabelle and Miss Georgia, have joined her. Catherine is extremely proud to be teaching the All Abilities Class and has greatly enjoyed seeing the progress of her students over the years. The students have lots of fun at their dance class each week and have formed great friendships with each other.

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LOUISE ALEXANDER

Creative Dance

Dancing since the age of four, Louise has studied a variety of dance styles including; ballet, contemporary, jazz and slow modern. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Creative Industries at QUT. Louise has enjoyed working with all of her classes.

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RILEY MACKENZIE

Jazz, Tap

My name is Riley Mackenzie and my dancing journey started at Centenary Dance Academy. Over my seventeen years of dancing, I began ballet at the age of four and throughout these years I have also tried, loved and remained in Jazz and Tap. My love of dance grew and when I was in grade 12 I was elected as the Dance Captain of my school. I studied to be a teacher at Australian Catholic University and I am now developing my skills in education through teaching young tap and jazz classes.

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FELAN LEONG

Hip Hop

Felan began dancing at the age of 13 and grew to love the art-form. He specializes in hip-hop dance with several styles including pop & lock, krump and hip-hop choreography. Felan choreographs hip-hop dance for the Brisbane State High School Boys Crew, who have earned themselves several place awards in various eisteddfods.

Sessional Teacher

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NIK HILLS

Ballet, Contemporary, Pilates ‐ Stretch & Conditioning

Nik began his arts career in the UK as a musician (well, OK, a drummer) but at 21, put down his sticks to pursue his dream to dance.

He trained at London School of Contemporary Dance and Central School of Ballet, then danced with Irish National Ballet, the dance company of the Stadtische Buhnen Osnabruck, The Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company and Opera Queensland.

He has since worked as a teacher, choreographer and independent artist in Vocation Education and in the community.

He’s a published poet, an exhibited artist/sculptor, and a much practiced parent.

Nik has recently installed a drum kit in the garage. It had to happen!

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SARAH FITZGERALD

Jazz

Sarah Fitzgerald began dancing in the year 2000, and after discovering a flair for jazz, was introduced to teaching in 2007. Since then she has become an active member of the dance community, and most recently obtained her C.S.T.D. Modern Jazz Syllabus Teachers Certificate. Sarah enjoys teaching 5 days a week across Brisbane and Ipswich studios.

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GUY WHEATSTONE

Pas de Deux

Assistant Teacher

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CARLA BEARD

Ballet

Carla has been involved in the arts since a young age, starting Ballet at Centenary Dance Academy at 3 years of age and the Australian Girls Choir at the age of 6, as well as playing Flute since 2006. Carla progressed through the Australian Girls Choir, receiving a scholarship for Outstanding Performer in 2014, as well as being awarded Dance Leader in 2013 and 2014. Carla was sponsored by QANTAS to sing at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, as well as at the G’Day USA Black Tie Gala Dinner in Hollywood in 2014. Carla was accepted into Raw Dance Company’s Professional Fulltime program for 2015, a year long course after which she will receive a Certificate IV in Dance. She then hopes to pursue a career in Musical Theatre.

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ANNABELLE BUSINE

Annabelle began her dance training at 4 years old and trained in multiple styles. She begun teaching dance in 2012 and is currently studying a Master of Special Education. Annabelle now combines her two fields of work and passion, dance and special education, to assist teaching the All Abilities Class.

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IRENE MENGEL

Irene has been dancing since the age of five. Beginning with ballet, she then explored a range of various dance styles, as well as acting. Irene is currently studying Law and Business at QUT, as well as a diploma in Speech and Drama Teaching. She loves having the opportunity to continue her passion for performing and expand on her teaching skills, and is excited to join CDAs teaching team in 2015 as an assistant teacher.

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GEORGIA MACKELLAR

Georgia Mackellar is a grade 12 student at Centenary State High School and has been studying Dance as an OP subject for 4 years. She is also studied classical ballet with her teacher Ms Glynnis for 9 years and advanced Contemporary for 3.