John has over 25 years’ experience in the professional Musical Theatre industry, working in critically acclaimed productions worldwide. As a highly respected and sought-after dancer, Resident Choreographer, Resident Director, Associate Choreographer and Lecturer, John now shares his knowledge of the industry with the future generation of performers here in Queensland and Redland Dance.
John undertook his professional training at Laine Theatre Arts, one of the UK’s most prestigious Musical Theatre schools. Soon after graduating, he successfully auditioned for the West End production of the musical of Grease, which paved the way for a Musical Theatre career spanning 25 years.
His career has seen him work in London’s West End, Broadway, Las Vegas, Germany, Norway, Australia and New Zealand, working his way through the ranks of world-class productions. John is proud to have worked alongside accomplished Choreographers, Directors and Producers including Louise Withers & Associates; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group; Ben Elton; Michael Grandage; Arlene Philips and Rob Ashford.
His Musical Theatre credits include:
Starlight Express (Dancer/Swing), Germany;
Fame (Assistant Choreographer/Dancer) Oslo;
Saturday Night Fever (Dancer/Swing), London West End;
Saturday Night Fever (Resident Choreographer/Director) U.K. Tour;
We Will Rock You (Dancer/Swing/ Resident Choreographer) London West End;
We Will Rock You (Associate Choreographer) Germany, U.S.A, Australia;
Evita (Resident Choreographer) London West End;
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Resident Director) London West End;
Matilda the Musical (Resident Choreographer) Australia and New Zealand Tour;
Billy Elliot the Musical (Mentor) Australian Tour
As a teacher and mentor, John is in high demand. He helped create and deliver a full-time Certificate IV Musical Theatre course in Brisbane. He is part of the faculty at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where he helped to devise their Musical Theatre degree course and now teaches their Pre-Professional students. Since 2009 he has choreographed annual pieces for Creative Generations, a government initiative that allows state school students the opportunity to work with professional Choreographers and Directors.
In 2019, John worked with the creatives of Billy Elliot the Musical, mentoring two young Brisbane hopefuls for the roles of Billy and Michael. Both candidates were successful in landing their roles. At Redland Dance, Mr. John is known for his enthusiasm and positivity, generously sharing his love and knowledge for dance and musical theatre. He inspires students to trust and love the learning process, to perform with confidence, and to seek out challenges!
Rebecca has over 25 years’ experience in the dance industry. Her journey began in the UK where she trained full time at Elmhurst Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School – one of the world’s most respected classical ballet institutions. Today she combines her knowledge of dance training and Pilates with professional industry experience to bring students a holistic and in-depth approach to their learning.
As a dancer, Rebecca enjoyed many facets of the industry – in cabaret at the world famous Lido de Paris and Casino du Monte Carlo, on cruise ships for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Crystal Cruises, in film and television productions, Royal Variety shows, other stage shows throughout the UK and even had the privilege of dancing for Disney.
She made her West End Musical Theatre debut as part of the original London West End cast of Saturday Night Fever, but her career was unfortunately cut short due to a serious injury.
Pilates formed the basis of her injury rehabilitation and seemed a natural career pathway from the world of dance. Mentored by highly respected Pilates instructors Alan Herdman and Lesley Ackland, Rebecca gained her Teacher Training Certificate with Alan Herdman Pilates in 2004, teaching in studios across London and later Brisbane.
A registered teacher of Progressing Ballet Technique and all levels of the Ballet Conservatoire training program from Pre-Primary through to Senior Level. Akin to her own training, she considers it a privilege to deliver this training program and syllabus and enjoys the growth in the students that this Vaganova based program provides.
The creative team of the Australian tour of Billy Elliot the Musical approached Rebecca to mentor a young Billy hopeful. She enjoyed growing his foundations of classical ballet and deepening his knowledge of technique and artistry. After his successful audition, she continued to mentor the young artist in preparation for his starring role in the show.
A highly motivated individual, Rebecca is continually inspired by her students and staff to provide more opportunities to learn, show respect and care for each other, raise the bar every day and never give up!
Born in Russia, Elena trained at the Buryat State Choreographic College. With a career as a professional ballerina with the Buryat State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Elena brings a wealth of experience to the students in her care.
Undertaking the Professional Ballet Teaching Course at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, St. Petersburg, and gaining a Diploma in Teacher of Choreography from East Siberian State Academy of Culture and Art, Elena has extensive and worldwide teaching experience in Classical Ballet and National dance.
A member of the Queensland Ballet Academy faculty since 2015, we are delighted to have Elena return to Redland Dance to work with our extension students.
Musical Theatre and Singing
Originally from Adelaide, Hannah holds an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) from the Adelaide College of the Arts. After moving to Brisbane to study at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Hannah graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre in 2018, then continued her studies with a Master of Music, majoring in Vocal Pedagogy (singing teaching).
Her most notable performance credits include playing Joanne in Company, Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Reggie Fluty in The Laramie Project. As a professional singer, Hannah has performed as a soloist with the Queensland Pops Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (a personal highlight!), and she continues to work as an actor, musical theatre performer, cabaret artist and director in the growing Brisbane musical theatre industry.
Hannah works as a teacher and coach with beginners and professionals, adults and children from age 5 to 17, privately and in groups, across the disciplines of Acting, Singing, Musical Theatre and Piano. She cherishes making connections with her students, believes that mutual trust, respect and vulnerability is key to helping grow young artists, and strives to develop her students’ confidence and courage at the same time as their technical prowess.
Adam Robins grew up on the Sunshine Coast and started performing at the age of seven. After high school he moved to Brisbane to study Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance.
Adam was lucky enough to graduate in 2013 with his first international contract secured, working for Princess Cruises. He went on to complete 5 contracts (2014-2017) with the company sailing the world, including the inaugural journey of the Majestic Princess.
Adam then went on to perform at Tokyo Disneyland (2018/2019) in a show call ‘One Man’s Dream II: The Magic Lives On’. Adam performed as iconic Disney characters including Prince Phillip, Prince Charming, Captain Hook, and Claude Frollo.
Adam works across QLD mentoring and teaching emerging performers of all ages. He also actively works performing for events, theme parks, in film and television and with entertainment companies.
‘I am dedicated to the education of emerging and aspiring artists, and as an active performer, share with them every insight into the industry I can offer.’
Will began his training in South Australia, studying many dance styles. He fell in love with Classical Ballet and was accepted into full-time training at the Queensland Ballet Academy. From there he was invited to join their Pre-Professional Program.
With Queensland Ballet, Will has performed in many productions. These include Kenneth McMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Synergy and The Nutcracker.
As one of Queensland Ballet’s teaching artists, Will has experience teaching children from pre-schoolers all the way up to Grade 12. He loves teaching the craft of Classical Ballet to aspiring students, following in the footsteps of his mentors.
Hip Hop & Commercial Jazz
Tj completed his full-time training at the prestigious Masters Performing Arts College in the UK. He has choreographed and performed around the world, including London, India and Russia. His work includes Music Videos, Movie Premieres, television events, Festivals and musicals.
Bringing an incredible energy and enthusiasm into the studio for each and every class he teaches, he is an inspiring teacher for all his students.
Sam has been dancing since he was six years old. In 2010 he completed his full-time training with Raw Dance Company.
His professional performing experience has seen him tapping as far away as Canada! A committed teacher, Sam has taught extensively across Brisbane, including ADPI and the Queensland College of Dance full-time courses. He has also choreographed for Creative Generations State Schools on Stage.
Born in Mackay, Queensland, Dani didn’t start dancing until age 13 when her family moved to Brisbane. Starting with tap classes, Dani’s love for dance grew and her decision to pursue ballet began after successfully auditioning for Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE). In Year 10, her ballet journey continued with Queensland Ballet Academy.
Graduating from Kelvin Grove State College and the QBA Senior Program in 2017, Dani continued onto the Pre-Professional Program at Queensland Ballet. During this time, she had numerous performance opportunities with the academy and company.
In 2020, Dani auditioned for and was invited to perform with Opera National de Paris.
Teri started her dance journey in Bunbury, Western Australia, before completing her full-time training at the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne.
Before her ballet career Teri performed as Snow White and Wendy at Tokyo Disney in 2006-2007. In 2007 Teri was a member of the Australian Ballet’s Dance Education Ensemble as part of the “Out there” in Schools program.
She joined Queensland Ballet as a Guest Artist in 2007 and stayed with the company for over 10 years, performing many memorable roles in her time there. She also choreographed three pieces for Queensland Ballet’s Vis-a-Vis and Soiree seasons, retiring as one of the most recognisable and favourite company artists.
Now, alongside her teaching, Teri now works with Diving Australia as Manager, Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement.
Miss Szilvia graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education and Recreation. She also holds a degree in Specialised Coaching in Acrobatic Gymnastics.
She was an acrobat for 16 years, achieved many National titles and represented Hungary at many Worlds and European Championships.
After her competitive career Szilvia began coaching in Hungary and later on in Australia.
She has coached many acrobats to represent their state at National Championships and also represent their country. She was a team coach for the Australian World Championship Team in 2014.
Marcia has a love of all things dance, having both trained and competed in Irish and Ballroom dancing. A trained teacher, Marcia has worked in Arts Administration and Production for over 25 years. Knowledgeable and passionate, Marcia is always happy to help our Redland Dance families.
Kinderballet, Classical Ballet & Contemporary
Georgina holds an Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre from the Australian Dance and Performance Institute. A former professional dancer and performer, performing largely across Asia and the Middle East, her contracts include Universal Studios and Carnival Cruise Lines.
A versatile and experienced teacher, Miss Georgina also has her own children’s event company, My Royal Party.
Front of House
Miss Carole grew up the UK seaside town of Scarborough in Yorkshire. There she studied and pursued a career in childcare. After marrying a Captain in the Merchant Navy she travelled the world. In 1989 they moved their family to Australia, opening and running their own childcare centres for several years.
As our Director of First Impressions, Miss Carole can be found at reception, ready to welcome our parents and dancers to the studio.
Kinderballet & Stretch
Amy-Ann studied full-time with the Queensland Dance School of Excellence and later the Queensland National Ballet School. Her qualifications include a Diploma of Dance and a Bachelor of Arts.
After a successful performing career including feature films, music videos, commercials and even as a fire performer, Amy-Ann realised that teaching dance and choreographing is where her passion lies.
Amy-Ann enjoys helping students master their performance and artistry skills as well as their technique. She ensures that each class is engaging and challenging, inspiring the young dancers in her care.
Progressing Ballet Technique
Annabelle trained at Redland Dance under Jodie Ann-White and Boris Bivona, gaining a Distinction in her RAD ADV 1 examination. Furthering her training in the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet method, Annabelle was offered the opportunity to study a Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet in Melbourne.
Returning to the Redlands, Annabelle now gives back to the dancers in her own community, and we love having a home-grown dancer on our faculty! Her attention to detail and calm and gentle manner ensure she is a much-loved teacher at Redland Dance.
Kinderballet & Jazz
Stef graduated from the Australian Dance Performance Institute with an Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre and Commerical Dance.
Intensively trained in many dance styles including Ballet (R.A.D. Adv 1), Jazz (A.T.O.D. Advanced), Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre, Stef shares her knowledge in a fun, supportive and nurturing environment.
Stef also holds a Cert III in Child Care and we are delighted that Miss Stef will continue to nurture and develop our young dancers at Redland Dance.
Born in South Africa, Leané continued her dance studies in Brisbane at the Australian Dance Performance Institute and Queensland University of Technology. She proudly graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) degree with Distinction and was invited to be a Golden Key member. Golden Key is the world’s largest collegiate honor society – membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements.
Leané enjoyed performing contemporary works both nationally and internationally, before turning her focus to teaching. Aside from teaching for Queensland Ballet in their adult and education programs, Leané also works on a collaborative project between Yeronga State High School and Griffith University to research how dance can be used to help children learn, retain and understand Mathematical problem solving better.
With a passion for developing children of all ages, Leané is a Regional Manager for Kinderballet in QLD. We are delighted that Leané shares her passion for dance with students of all ages at Redland Dance.
Jacob studied for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) at QUT, graduating with an Honours degree.
He is a Brisbane based choreographer and dancer and is well regarded in the Brisbane arts scene. He has worked across the performing arts broadly, with experience in dance, choreography, producing, film, musical theatre, music and technical production. He has performed both nationally and internationally, and shares his knowledge to develop our 3D students, creating forward thinking dancers, and choreographers for the future.
Midori studied under renowned teacher Joy Ransley at the Ransley Dance Centre, before later graduating from the Australian Ballet School with an Advanced Diploma of Dance.
After performing with the Australian Ballet Company, Midori joined the Houston Ballet, where she performed in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Manon, La Fille Mal Gardee and La Bayadere.
Since retiring from performing, Midori’s training and professional credits provide a wonderful base for teaching and sharing her extensive knowledge of classical ballet. Seeking a holistic approach, Midori is also a Pilates, yoga and barre fitness instructor making her a sought-after teacher on the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Passing on her extensive knowledge and understanding to the next generation of dancers, we are thrilled to have Midori on our faculty at Redland Dance.