Staff

Alice Hobden

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.

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.

Aryna Pavlovych

Teacher

Aryna, born and raised in Ukraine, graduated from Donetsk College Of Culture and Art in 2009. In 2012 Aryna completed her Bachelor of Arts at Kiev National University of Culture and Art, majoring in Folk, Jazz,  Ballet and Contemporary Dance. 

She has worked as a dancer and dance teacher in Europe, touring Finland and Poland. She has worked as a solo dancer in Dart’s Dance Project, as well as a production dancer for “Ukraine’s got Talent”. Aryna has walked and danced the runway in many fashion shows such as Ukranian Spring Fashion week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Ukraine and a David Bowie tribute show for L’Oreal  during Melbourne Fashion week. Aryna also featured as a lead dancer for Cunard Cruises with Belinda King Productions in 2012/2013.  

Since moving to Melbourne, Aryna has worked as a dance teacher at a number of schools. Aryna’s stage credits include, BABIRRA Music Theatre “The Boy from OZ” and Melbourne Opera “The Marriage of Figaro”.

She is very passionate about the world of dance and is keen to pass on her years of experience.