Our Team

 
 

Our teachers hold a wide range of professional experiences, having worked nationally and internationally as professional performers, choreographers, teachers and artistic directors. We are please to introduce you to the following lovely people and creative talents.

 
 
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helen duncan

BA Arts Honours (Dance), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

Helen is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and post graduate performer from Link Dance Company (BA Arts Honours, 2007). She has been a performer, choreographer and Artistic Director working across Australia and abroad. As the Artistic Director of Wearable Art Mandurah (2014 – 2017), Duncan has led the competition from a small-scale fashion show into one of Australia’s most prominent Wearable Art Events.  Helen has devised and performed in works presented at Edinburgh Fringe, Perth Fringe, Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals. In theatre, Duncan recently provided choreographic support for Elbow Room’s production “Niche”, which was awarded top 10 productions of 2017 by Time Out Magazine. She was the Artistic Director for Riptide Performing Arts Company (2011-2014) and through this company, has worked with professionals from Sydney Theatre Company, Black Swan Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre, Barking Gecko, Shaun Parker and others.

View Helen’s portfolio of work: helen-duncan.com

“Helen is a welcoming and encouraging teacher who has been terrific at tailoring each class to suit the experience and confidence of the people attending. The music is great, the moves can be as challenging as you want them to be, and it’s a fun workout with plenty of warmup and stretch time. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never danced and you can join in any time. Even if I don’t master the routines I always walk away with a smile and a spring in my step. Highly recommend!!”

  • Chrissie, Adult Contemporary Class Participant


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Sofie Burgoyne (Guest Teacher)

Sofie is a Tasdance artist 2018 - 2020 and currently performs in the work of Miguel Pereira (O Rumo Do Fumo, POR). Since 2012, Sofie has worked for UK theatre company, Frantic Assembly performing in the shows Noway Backand This Will All Be Gone, contributing to the research and development for channel 4 series, Humans and a Learn and Participation practitioner, teaching for the company in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Among others, Sofie has performed in the works of Theo Clinkard (UK), Jean-Claude Galotta (Fr) and La Fura Dels Baus (ES). Sofie’s choreographic work has been presented by Movement Research at the Judson Church (US) and The Place (UK), and she has undertaken creative residencies at Dance4 (UK), Pavilion Dance South West (UK) and with Sydney Collective Dirty FeetSofie has a Bachelor of Arts (dance) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is currently completing a Master of Arts (Public Space) at RMIT University. 

Sofie will be hosting guest classes in ballet & contemporary through out 2019. We look forward to welcoming her.


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trudi schneIder

C.B.T.S. RAD & RAD Registered Teacher

Trudi trained in classical ballet, achieving RAD Advanced (Royal Academy of Dance). She was then introduced to and trained in Contemporary dance at Victoria University where she completed a BA in Performance Studies.

She went on to teach at Dancehouse in Melbourne as well as completing an Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching from the Australian Yoga Academy.

Trudi holds a Certificate in Ballet Teaching studies from from Royal Academy of Dance.

Knowledge and generosity is at the heart of Trudi’s teaching style. She is always very respectful of all students and how they like to work. She provides really clear instructions with fun & organised class exercises.


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Xavier McGettigan

Xavier McGettigan is the director of Attitude Dance Company, and has choreographed productions for the company including Transience: a Triple-Bill, (dis)connect, On The MoveSIGNIFICANCE, The Man About Town and Headcase as well as multiple events such as RAW Melbourne's MAGNIFY100 Years of Dance for the Impetus Youth Awards and the Geelong Dance Showcase.

He has choreographed extensively for musical theatre, including Game On and Once Upon a Mattress for the GSODA Junior Players, Fiddler on the Roof for Geelong Lyric Theatre, Fame and The Wedding Singer for Altona City Theatre and Legally Blonde Jr for Wyndham Theatre Company. Xavier was also the Musical Director for both Altona City Theatre's Heathers the Musical and Humdrum Comedy and Left Bauer Production's Gilligan's Island: The Musical.

Xavier graduated from the Full-Time Course at Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance in 2012, and teaches regularly at Impetus Dance Theatre, Kardinia International College, Debbie Lee's School of Dancing, Saint Ignatius College and Geelong Grammar School. He has also been a guest dance teacher and choreographer at most secondary colleges, primary schools and dance schools in the Geelong region.


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lyndell Harbeck

Lyndell has had a colourful career filled with tours, tv and countless 'pinch me' moments. Growing up at Glenda Yee in Sydney, she then completed her full time course at ED5 International under William Forsythe. One month after graduating, she moved to Japan at 18 years of age to work at Universal Studios as a singer/dancer for 14 months. Since then she has toured Australia as a XXXX Angel, performing at major sporting events, was a featured dancer in the tour 'Long Way To The Top', dancing for Marcia Hines and John Paul Young, was featured in TVC's for the Australian Government, Commonwealth Bank, Kotex, Seaworld and more and most recently was a featured dancer in Baz Luhrmann's movie 'The Great Gatsby'. Lyndell teaches a range of styles alongside being trained in Pilates. Having taught dance for over 10 years, her classes are modern, her style is edgy, and students have loads of fun.


Anne Peterson-Commons

C.B.T.S. RAD & RAD Registered Teacher

Anne Peterson-Commons is a local ballet legend and icon. We are thrilled she has joined our Adult Ballet Studio team. Anne was the Director of Geelong Ballet Centre after following on from former Director Peter Dickinson. She managed the centre for over 32years as she guided many young dancers onto their professional endeavours. To name a few professionals that she has previously taught include Greg Horsman of the Queensland Ballet and local young person Gabriel Slaven who was in recent years accepted into an elite ballet school in Bulgaria to study full time.

Anne began dancing at 10years old after pleading with her parents to do so. She achieved her Advance Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) before graduating her Teaching Exams with Distinction. Anne is a registered RAD teacher and was awarded as a Life Member after 40years of service to the Royal Academy of Dance.

Anne started her professional career at 17 in a classical ballet company, then worked extensively in TV, film and musical theatre. While in London she was ballet mistress to Howard & Wyndham (Theatrical producers) and toured Europe and Africa with American Dance Company. On her return from overseas she continued her career with J.C Williamson and as Choreographer for ABC TV.

She has been involved as director and/or choreographer for over 50 musical productions in Melbourne and Geelong receiving awards for choreography for West Side Story and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.


 
 

Do you teach dance?

If you love to teach & hold either a Bachelor or Diploma or Certificate in Dance or hold teachers accreditation from a recognised ballet examination board, we would love to hear from you. We offer excellent rates, flexibility and support for our teachers. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please send your CV’s to admin@balletgeelong.com