Sally has always had a passion for dance and a love of teaching children. After graduating from The Queensland Dance School of Excellence with a Diploma of Dance she moved to Sydney to train at ED5 International in their Full-Time Course. This gave her the opportunity to work with Choreographers such as William Forsythe, Keith Hawley, Ross Coleman, Leslie Bell, Kelley Abbey, Gerry Symonds and Christine Denny. Once completing her Certificate IV in Performing Arts, she started working as a professional dancer performing at the 2006 MTV Music Video Awards with artists such as Ashlee Simpson, Snoop Dogg, The Darkness and The Rogue Traders. She also performed at the 2006 Mardi Gras and in video clips with Guy Sebastian and Shannon Noll.
From there, life took Sally to the USA where she was a professional dancer on the Carnival Cruise Line Ship the MS Paradise.
Once back in Australia she spent 4 years performing in the Wildlife Warrior Shows at Australia Zoo, where she got hands on experience with many animals while learning valuable performance lessons from Paul Guerin, Michael Balk, Natasha Zuvela and The Irwin Family.
Through all of this Sally’s love of teaching Dance to children has always shone through and has seen her teach at many dance schools around Brisbane. Her passion and guidance has inspired many of her students to become professional dancers, and Sally hopes that she can keep encouraging children to follow their dreams for many years to come.
After winning the SODA Professional Prize, the City of Sydney “Rothmans” Scholarship and being honoured with a Bronze Medal at the Adeline Genee Awards London, Melissa went on to study at the world-renowned Paris Opera Ballet School.
Melissa has danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, Ballet D’Action Youth Dance Company, and was principal artist with Timothy Gordon’s Company Z. Melissa has taught Ballet in Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and on the Gold Coast for many years.
Melissa is a mother of 3 children and has a keen interest in teaching children of kindergarten age.
Bonnie has been dancing since the age of 3 in the styles of classical ballet (RAD), contemporary, lyrical, jazz and musical theatre. She has successfully completed her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Two Ballet Certificate with Distinction. A graduate of the Queensland
University of Technology’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) degree, Bonnie has worked with numerous well-renowned teachers and choreographers such as, Csaba Buday, Matthew Lawrence, Lucas Jervies, Jason Duff, Grant McLay, Wendy Laraghy and Tracey Carrodus. Throughout her time at QUT Bonnie was invited to travel to The 2014 World Dance Alliance global summit in Angers, France and The Bejing Dance Festival in China in 2014. In 2015, Bonnie undertook a secondment with Sydney Dance Company and was also accepted into the The Sydney Dance Company Pre-professional year for 2016. As well as this, Bonnie was successfully accepted by video audition into the trainee program with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel.
Bonnie has been teaching dance across Brisbane for the last 5 years and is passionate about inspiring and promoting the love of dance to our next generation of performers.
Mayu is a graduate of a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) QUT, minoring in Fine Arts dance performance. She has a strong background in Ballet and performed extensively during her youth in Japan under Ms Kazuko Suzuki and studied various forms of dance in Royal Antwerp dance school in Belgium prior to moving to Australia. Mayu has taught Ballet in Japan and has been teaching at Brisbane Dance Theatre since 2013.
Mayu also teaches aerials and circus skills to children and adults at various studios in Brisbane. She incorporates her knowledge of exercise science from Human Movement studies into teaching and is passionate about encouraging students to explore their own styles and own beauty. Mayu is also a qualified trainer of Pilates and Zumba. Mayu is a freelance aerialist and a circus performer in Brisbane. More recent years she has been a part of Gold Coast incubator project 2014, Habitat as a part of Anywhere Theatre Festival 2014, Powerkids project by Brisbane Powerhouse 2014, Melt festival 2015, Queensland Poetry festival 2015, Strong Women’s Project by Circus Oz, several Vulcana Women’s Circus cabarets, Wonderland festival 2015 and private events as an aerialist and a circus performer, she also works with Aerialicious entertainment and Wilde Applause Entertainment as an aerialist and a roving performer for various corporate and public events in Queensland.
Todd began his dance adventure with Darling Downs School of Excellence, in Toowoomba Queensland, as a young 17 year old. After his exam with Christine Walsh he took up full time dance training at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. He completed his 2 year Diploma of Dance and then continued to study with different venues and schools across Melbourne, extending his knowledge in jazz, contemporary and modern dance.
Todd then worked in secondment with The Australian Ballet with the regional education program “Out There” taking ballet to schools that would not usually have the opportunity to learn ballet.
Todd then took to the seas with International Cruise Lines, doing six years and 8 contracts at sea as a Production Dancer with Carnival and Royal Caribbean International. This experience allowed him to do dance styles from jazz, contemporary, latin, irish and ballroom. In his last two years at sea, Todd chose to extend his skill sets again to incorporate aerial and finished his career with Royal Caribbean as Aerial Captain whilst still dancing in the production shows.
Todd is very excited to meet the enthusiasm and drive of Brisbane Dance Theatre’s students, and encourage them to find exactly the reasons they LOVE dance and help them perform with their hearts full.
Taylor loves to share her passion and dedication for dance with her students. Learning from the age of 3, Taylor is now studying her teachers in the CSTD syllabus with a renowned Brisbane studio. For many years Taylor has studied Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Singing, Contemporary, Lyrical and Hip Hop which have given her many opportunities within the dance world.
She has performed in numerous eisteddfods and has also participated in events such as the Stefan’s Hair Show and The Coffee Club Telethon Ball. Taylor has danced alongside various stars including Taylor Henderson and Nathaniel. Recently, she has choreographed and taught Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop to a wide range of ages.
Taylor wishes to further explore and follow her dreams of teaching all styles of dance to children, preparing them for future experiences in the dance industry.
Abbie started dancing at the age of 3 and has studied Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Singing, Contemporary, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Her diversity has provided her many opportunities within the dance world. Abbie studied both the ACB and ATOD syllabi and has competed in numerous competitions, performed in many concerts and fundraising events. She is currently dancing in the Intensive course at the Mad Dance House. Abbie wishes to further explore the dance industry and follow her passion of teaching dance.
Jessica has been dancing sine the age of 3 and has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and Irish dancing. She has competed in many eisteddfods for ballet, jazz and contemporary as well as competing in Irish competitions for both solo and teams. She has completed up to Advanced 1 in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus and achieved open level for Irish dancing, competing in Queensland State and Australian Championships. She has also danced in events such as the Stefan’s Hair Show – dancing alongside professional performers. Jessica is very passionate about dance and is excited to teach the next generation of dancers.
John moved to Melbourne as a teenager to attend the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. He continued on to the Australian Ballet School receiving an Advanced Diploma of Dance.
After graduating from the Australian Ballet School, John moved to Europe where he lived for 10 years, returning to Australia in 2011.
From 2000 – 2007 John lived in the Netherlands where he danced with the modern ballet company ‘Introdans’ performing works by choreographers such as: Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Hans van Manen, and Nils Christe. He travelled extensively with Introdans to numerous countries around the world, including tours of Europe, Asia, and North America. A Highlight of his career was dancing for Queen Beatrix and Princess Margriet of the Netherlands.
John moved to Munich, Germany in 2007 and joined the modern dance company ‘Staatstheater am Gartnerplatz/Tanz Theater Munchen’ where as a soloist he danced a wide repertoire of works by choreographers: Marco Goeke, Hans Henning Par, Rui Horta, Stephan Thoss, Robert North, and Christian Spuck. This also included dancing roles in the musicals “La Cage aux Folles” and “My Fair Lady.”
Whilst in Munich John attended the Munich University graduating with a Diploma Degree in Ballet Pedagogy in Vaganova Technique. John was the assistant choreographer for Loni Landon’s “Shortcuts” program in Munich and The Nikki Fischer Project’s movement workshop for Children for Gartenerplatz Theatre Munich, Germany. From here John was invited to Dancecyprus as a teacher, dancer and as an assistant to the director Carolina Constantinou in Limassol, Cyprus.
Since returning to Australia in 2011, John is a freelance teacher of ballet and contemporary for Brisbane Dance Theatre, Expressions Dance Company, QUT, Griffith University/Qld Conservatorium and Queensland Dance School of Excellence.
Student Teacher Mentor Program
2015 brings a new student teacher mentor program to Brisbane Dance Theatre. This program is designed for students aged 14 to 17 with a keen interest in dance and teaching children.
These student teachers will be guided through the fundamentals of teaching including choreography, body mechanics & alignment, theory, technique, warm-up & cool-down techniques, management strategies and lesson planning through practical studies with qualified teachers.
Our student teachers will help teach and nurture younger students in a variety of dance styles and classes under the watchful eye of our wonderful BDT staff.