Brighton Dance Academy (BDA) is one of the most prominent dance schools in Melbourne, catering for all ages. Students who learn dance at BDA receive training from professional teachers who encourage students from beginners to advanced level dancers. Recreational dancers also have the opportunity to enjoy dance in unique classes designed just for them. BDA students have gone on to train at the likes of the Australian Ballet School, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Laine Theatre Arts in the UK and the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.
Our dance teachers include Royal Academy of Dance examiner Jane Inglis-Keen and accredited Acrobatics, Jazz and Ballet teachers.
Anna has been a member of staff at BDA since 2009, specialising in ballet and contemporary techniques as a dancer and teacher. After performing in contemporary dance shows, Anna became involved in choreography. Anna has danced, directed and and choreographed in a range of styles for events such as Melbourne Fringe Festival and musical theatre productions. In class, Anna likes to challenge students to join their technique with artistry and encourages each student to find meaning in movement. Anna motivates students to strive for their dance goals, in class, exams and competitions. Anna has completed RAD teaching courses in the new ballet syllabus and is a published author, board director of Star of the Sea College and holds a Masters in International Development, Bachelor of Arts (M&C/Philosophy) and Diploma of Languages.
Bridget Sheahan commenced dancing at Brighton Dance Academy in 1998, at the age of three. She has continued to dance and teach at the school ever since, evidenced by her receipt of a 15 year award for commitment to the school in 2013. Her dedication to the school has also been demonstrated through the receipt of the Dance Award in 2008 for “attitude, enthusiasm, willingness to try new things and 100% effort in all classes”. During her time at BDA, Bridget studied Ballet, Jazz, Jazz & Song, Contemporary and Hip Hop. It was here that she developed her love for dance, and she continues to partake in classes at the school. She has completed her SFD Grade Examinations (Up to Level 8), and trained in Level 9. In 2010, she was made an Assistant Teacher at BDA, a position she adored. Bridget became a Teacher in 2015 and has loved every second of it. While she loves teaching children of all ages, she particularly enjoys teaching the young students – their imagination never ceases to amaze her! Bridget has a real passion for teaching and inspiring the next generation of dancers and she loves teaching the talented students at BDA.
Dyanna began dancing at BDA at 3 years old and has grown up within our walls. She has transitioned from a student through to teacher and now also works in the office as the administration assistant. She has trained in a variety of styles during her time at BDA and specializes in jazz and hip hop. In 2015 Dyanna completed the Sothern Federation of Dance teaching course and loves teaching the jazz syllabus to many of the students at BDA. She enjoys the community environment that BDA encompasses and wishes to be involved with the school for years to come.
Imogen as been dancing since 3 years of age at various dance schools around Australia learning ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and tap. She became an assistant teacher in 2012, for both musical theatre and dance, and started teaching her own classes not long after. Imogen has been choreography for many years, throughout high school for school dance events and as house festival captain. Also successfully competing in various choreography competitions and placing first in SFD choreography competition twice. Imogen fell in love with dance straight away, specifically the creativity and choreography aspects. Teaching adds a special level to these aspects of dance for Imogen, seeing the students go through their own creative paths as well as ideas sprouting into real life.
Jane has been a dance teacher specialising in Classical Ballet since 1997 and with BDA since 2007. She studied at the Victorian College of Arts and the Australian Ballet School graduating with a Diploma of Dance. During this time she received a scholarship to study at the Princess Grace Ballet School in Monaco. She then danced with the Australian Ballet Dancers Company then joined the Australian Ballet Company and performed soloist roles including ‘Peasant Pas’ from Giselle and ‘Cupid’ from Don Quixote. After her dancing career, she obtained an Advanced Diploma of Dance Teaching (High Distinction) from the Australian Ballet School. She is a qualified and registered teacher and Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance. Jane has studied the Australian Ballet System Training (Vaganova), International Character Syllabus with Alida Segal, Contemporary dance with Margaret Wilson and Progressing Ballet Technique with Marie Walton-Mahon. She holds a Fitness Instructor Certificate and has a great interest in Pilates and body conditioning. Jane has taught at the Australian Ballet School and has adjudicated for Eisteddfods. She loves to choreograph solos and coach dedicated young dancers and has a firm philosophy for her teaching which includes passing on her love and joy for dance and music, to foster each child’s potential and confidence and to encourage the pursuit of excellence. Jane has been a member of the VIC/TAS RAD Panel and the Chairperson from 2011-14.
Originally from New Zealand Laura studied at Deborah Hale Musical Theatre for many years doing the NZAMD syllabus in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Contemporary as well as RAD Ballet and musical theatre. She moved to Melbourne in 2006, where she studied and graduated from Dance World Studio’s with a Diploma in Performing Arts. After graduating Laura worked for Princess Cruises, traveling the world and performing aboard the Crown Princess and Grand Princess ships. Now working as a teacher/choreographer takes her all over Melbourne and Australia. Working for various dance schools and companies including BDA, Australian Arts Alive, Girls from Oz, Kinder ballet and the Australian Girls Choir. Laura has always loved teaching and she is passionate about helping each student become the best dancer they can be no matter what the style of dance. She continues to take class, go to workshops and is constantly working to become a better teacher and choreographer so she can pass all the years of knowledge on to her students.
Elizabeth studied dance at Patrick Studios Australia, graduating with certificates 3 and 4 in dance performance. She has performed at various corporate events throughout Australia and overseas, working in children’s entertainment in particular. Elizabeth is a member of Move Dance Productions and works as both a dancer and a choreographer, raising awareness of a variety of social and human rights issues through creating contemporary dance works. Elizabeth is currently studying a Bachelor of Primary Education at Australian Catholic University. In 2015 she received the Executive Dean’s Commendation for her academic achievements. Elizabeth is passionate about studying child psychology and sociology in regards to education and using this knowledge to shape her dance classes. Elizabeth is particularly passionate about teaching both contemporary dance and competition classes. She enjoys the opportunity these classes give her to explore new choreography. Choreography has been a love of hers from a young age, a love that was fostered at BDA while she was a student at the studio. Elizabeth also teaches jazz, hip-hop, conditioning and kinder ballet.
Rachael began dancing in Manchester, England at the age of fifteen. After spending every free hour in the studio, Rachael successfully auditioned for the prestigious Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Ballet Education degree program and the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance at the academy’s headquarters in London, England. Whilst studying here, Rachael had the opportunity to work as an assistant alongside world-renowned Royal Academy of Dance Examiners, Choreographers and Teachers as part of the Dance School, and is still involved with their summer programmes. Rachael has gone on to teach throughout the UK, Canada, America and now Australia, successfully preparing hundreds of students for RAD examinations as well as training dancers for full time vocational schools, youth companies and associate programs. Choreography, especially for large events, makes up a significant part of Rachael’s work and she has had the privilege of working with a live orchestra for both the 2011 and 2012 Proms in the Meadow. Rachael has also choreographed for festivals and eisteddfods, outdoor events and more recently full length classical productions as Ballet Mistress for a Canadian youth company. Having sustained a serious injury, Rachael has since developed a passion for Dance Science and now also teaches Floor Barre and practical based Anatomy and Physiology to her students. Rachael regularly attends courses with Lisa Howell and Marie Walton-Mahon, strongly believing that as teachers, our responsibility is to prepare young dancers not just for the current season but for a life time of dance.
Natasha was a student at Brighton Dance Academy from a young age. BDA fostered her love and passion for dance throughout her life. Natasha has been a member of staff since 2009 teaching ballet, jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatics and Strength and Conditioning and has completed her teaching certificate in jazz and gymnastics. In 2010, Natasha undertook the role of BDA’s Administrative Assistant and enjoyed being a part of both the creative and administrative team. Natasha holds a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Occupational Therapy, which lead her to work as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist in 2015 and 2016. Natasha brings her knowledge of dance, gymnastics and Occupational Therapy to her classes at BDA and teaches with high energy and enthusiasm. She loves watching her students grow and develop into young adults and beautiful dancers.