Staff

Alice Hobden Alice

Principal

Dip. Dance Teaching & Management (Box Hill Institute) Certificate in Dance Performance (New Zealand School of Dance). Movement & Dance Education Centre Registered Teacher. Affiliate Teacher A.T.O.D Ltd. Certificate IV Work Place Training & Assessment.

I began dancing at the age of 5 in my hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. I studied both the Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti Method syllabi. It was my involvement with Southern Ballet Dance Theatre’s junior company that inspired me to make dance my career. I graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1998 where I studied both classical ballet and contemporary dance for three years. During this time I had many opportunities to perform a variety of interesting roles while developing my dance technique to a professional level. I successfully completed my teacher training at Box Hill Institute receiving both the 1st and 2nd year awards for Outstanding Achievement. I have worked as a freelance dance teacher and choreographer in a number of dance schools around Melbourne before running the Kew School of Dance.  I lectured at Box Hill Institute of TAFE in delivering Anatomy, Body Conditioning and Business Studies for Certificate IV & Diploma students studying for their dance teaching qualification between 2008-2013.  I presented Developing anatomical understanding in the early years of dance training at the 2013 International Dance Medicine & Science annual meeting in Seattle, and in partnership with Jane Andreartha, Implementing a comprehensive pre pointe preparation program, at the 2015 annual meeting in Pittsburgh. We will be presenting again at Hong Kong in October 2016.

Amanda Betlehem amanda-betlehem

Teacher

Amanda Betlehem is a Melbourne-based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She has been dancing since the age of 4, training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and tap. Amanda has been teaching dance to children and teens across a range of styles since 2008.

In 2014 Amanda completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Choreography) at the Victorian College of the Arts and was the recipient of an Arts Victoria Creative Scholarship. She completed her undergraduate studies in Creative Arts (Dance) at Deakin University (2011) and was a recipient of a travel grant from the same institution to study in India in 2010. She excelled in Units 1-4 of VCE Dance at Dance Factory in Richmond.Amanda is an active member of the dance community in Melbourne, performing regularly in her own and others’ works at major festivals and independent events such as Dance Massive Festival, Next Wave Festival, Pieces for Small Spaces at Lucy Guerin Inc, Dancehouse, Northcote Town Hall and the Mechanics Institute.

Eloise Harriseloise-harris-web

Teacher

Miss Eloise Harris is a professionally trained dance teacher from the UK, she trained in a diverse range of styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap. Whilst training Eloise completed a National Diploma in Professional Dance and was part of a graduate company that toured the UK and Germany.

Since graduating Eloise has been teaching dance to both children and adults in a range of styles and contexts including community youth groups and ballet syllabus classes, moving to Dubai to teach whilst completing a BA(Hons) degree. She moved back to the UK to complete her post-graduate in Community Dance at Trinity Laban, doing it part time allowing her still to teach.

Eloise is a passionate teacher, who enjoys nurturing children’s talent and creativity. She moved to Australia last year and is looking forward to getting to know all the students and to share her love of dance with them all.

Shannon Turner

Teacher

Miss Shannon Turner has been dancing since the age of seven and has never looked back!

Starting at her local dance school, she followed her love for dancing and performing and went on to grow that into a career. Miss Shannon has completed two years Dancing, Musical Theatre and Performing Arts full time training at Robert Sturrock’s Industry Dance in Brunswick, where she specialised in contemporary, musical theatre and Ballet.

Miss Shannon since then has become a professional dancer, working with various choreographers and companies, performing throughout Melbourne. Getting to share the stage with the likes of Rhonda Burchmore and Jessica Mauboy.

Lillian Broadbent

Teacher

My dancing pathway began at age 5, since then my passion for movement and the performing arts has accumulated into a fulfilling career that brings me the utmost joy.

At the age of 10 I took my first audition to be apart of the St. Gabriel’s Theatre group, I had the privilege to gain roles for shows such as: “West Side Stoy”, “Calamity Jane”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Les Miserable” and “Brigadoon”. In high school I was apart of the Theatre Studies group and was granted the role of ‘Sweet’ in “Once More, with Feeling (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)” and ‘Julia’ in a remake of “The Wedding Singer”.

In 2011 I was accepted to study at the Northern College of the Arts and Technology to complete at Certificate IV in Dance (Performance). After an injury I was unable to dance for a long period of time, this allowed me to grow and change my perspective on movement. This milestone in my life was now a positive as I went on to study at Box Hill Institute of TAFE the Certificate IV and Diploma of Dance (Teaching and Management), studying under the Laurel Martyn System.
When I teach I encourage all my students to enjoy and explore their movements believing there is always new heights to achieve.

I intend to further my studies in human anatomy and exercise physiology to appreciate and influence on the future of movement.

Anton Cleaver-Wilkinson

Teacher

I began dancing at the age of 7 at Estelle’s Dance & Performance Academy, learning RAD Ballet, CSTD Jazz and Tap.  After finishing high school in Perth I began full time dance training at Academie Etoiles, where I had the opportunity to compete and perform in a variety of competitions, festivals and stage productions.  My first professional role was Bluebird in Perth City Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, after this I moved to Wellington, New Zealand to continue my training at the New Zealand School of Dance.

I continued to dance with Perth City Ballet in their annual summer productions, including Swan Lake and Giselle, while completing my Diploma in Dance Performance from NZSD.  Near the end of my time in New Zealand I auditioned for Melbourne City Ballet, and was asked to be a part of their 2014 season of Carmen. I have now finished a scholarship program as part of MCB’s Finishing Year.

I am currently pursuing independent projects within the contemporary art space. I have always loved to move and I can’t wait to help the next generation of young dancers on their journey.