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 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 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.
Teacher & Administration
I began ballet classes when I was three years old at what is now Kew School of Dance. During my 16 years as a student at the school I relished the many opportunities to learn, perform and create through assistant dance teaching, the annual concerts and events such as the Movement and Dance Education Centre Choreographic Competition. At 11 years of age I joined the Young Dancer’s Company where I gained valuable performance experience with their productions of Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie, The Nutcracker and The Tales of Beatrix Potter. In 2013 I successfully completed Units 3&4 of VCE Dance and in 2014 was asked to perform in VCE Top Dance at the Melbourne Recital Centre. After graduating high school I began studying at the Victorian College of the Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)) where I was able to develop my technique in both ballet and contemporary whilst cultivating my personal artistry. Upon completion of first year at VCA I decided to explore other avenues of interest by undertaking a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne with a major in Philosophy and a minor in French
Teacher & Administration
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. After completing Melbourne City Ballet’s Finishing Program in 2015 I moved on to pursue 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.
I believe in the benefits of creative expression and am committed to helping students develop a strong connection with dance.
I’ve been dancing classical ballet since I was 3 years old and completed The Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Foundation level after 13 years of classical ballet training under the RAD syllabus. I began assisting with classes during my ballet years, whilst regularly participating in Australian Ballet Workshops. I was the runner up in the Joan Burnett Scholarship for Vocational Tasmanian RAD students in 2006.
I make a conscious effort to meet students’ diverse needs and apply an empathetic approach to teaching and assisting, which helps to build confidence.
Jo’s work history is a combination of administrative support and customer service roles spanning a number of industries including the arts, healthcare and hospitality. She has a long history of involvement in the arts, particularly in theatre and film, and runs a critically acclaimed independent theatre company The Honeytrap.
In 2013 she travelled to the UK as part of the British Council’s Realise Your Dream program met and worked with major theatre companies in the UK including Punchdrunk, The Royal Court Theatre, Out of Joint Theatre and National Theatre Wales.
She is also a former dance student and trained in R.A.D. ballet and character from age 10 to 16 years old and. She still has a strong passion for dance, movement and dance theatre!