Amber Hobson - Director
Amber trained with Tessa Maunder in Newcastle for eight years and continued with Beverley Rowles in Wollongong before being accepted into the Australian Ballet School in 1989. Under the direction of Dame Margaret Scott and Gailene Stock, Amber toured with The Dancers Company as a soloist in ‘Paquita’, Fouette girl in ‘Graduation Ball’, Mrs Snake in ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ and performed with The Australian Ballet Company in ‘Romeo and Juliet’. As a freelance dancer Amber had worked with Graeme Murphy,Timothy Gordon, Robert Ray, Garth Welch, Kim Walker, Stephen Page and toured extensively throughout Australia and Asia as Cassandra in the musical “Cats”. Amber was invited by Stephen Page to join a select group of freelance dancers and Bangarra Dance Theatre to perform at the Closing Ceremony* of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta USA. *( flag handover ceremony leading into the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney).
Amber's numerous guest roles with The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet ( ACB) include ‘The Countess’ in “Sleeping Beauty”, ‘Lady Capulet’ in “Romeo and Juliet”, ‘The Queen’ in “Sleeping Beauty” – and ‘Swanhilda’s Mother’ in Maina Gielguld’s “Coppelia”.
In 2010 a selection of her students were invited to perform with the Victorian Opera’s Christmas concerts under the Direction of Richard Gill. In 2012 Amber choreographed six of her students in The Victorian Opera’s production of ‘Cinderella’. In August 2012 she choreographed ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ for The State Opera of South Australia. In January 2013 she choreographed seven of her students in the Victorian Opera’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and in February 2013 she choreographed 'Orpheus in the Underworld'for Opera Australia. Amber is a full member of the ACB and combines her love of teaching with her favourite role as proud parent to Madi (22) and Sam (20).
Terese Power - Private Coaching Half Day Program
Terese was born in Newcastle, NSW and trained with the Tessa Maunder School of Ballet before joining the Australian Ballet School in 1973. She was the recipient of the Pavlova Scholarship in 1974 and a scholarship to the Kirov Ballet School in 1979. She graduated after two years and was accepted into The Australian Ballet Company, rising to Principal status in 1985.
She has danced over sixty ballets as a Soloist and Principal, including “Eugene Onegin”, ”Sleeping Beauty” (The Bluebird Pas de Deux), “Coppelia” (Swanhilda), ”Don Quixote” (Kitri) and Juliet in John Cranko’s “Romeo & Juliet”.
Terese has danced with many esteemed male partners such as Paul de Masson, Gary Norman, Dale Baker, John Meehan, Jonathan Kelly and Steven Heathcote and was fortunate to work with the late great Kelvin Coe and David Ashmole.
She was a guest artist with Royal New Zealand Ballet and Queensland Ballet and travelled the world including USA, UK, Philippines, Indonesia, Greece, Turkey, Israel and China performing with the Australian Ballet.
After retiring from dancing in 1987 to start a family she began teaching at the National Theatre Ballet School in both the Junior and Full Time programs, VCA and VCASS, Dance World 301 and the Conservatoire of Dance.
Terese gained her VICFIT qualification in 1994, Advanced Certificate in Visual and Performing Arts from RMIT in 1985 and Certificate 1V in Workplace Assessment & Training 2004.
From 2004-2010 she was Director and Practice Manager of DMA Clinical Pilates and Physiotherapy in South Yarra. In 2010, Terese made her transition from teacher to Ballet Administrator of the National Theatre Ballet School, a post she held for four years. She hosted many international and national students as a homestay mum during this time.
A career highlight for Terese was joining the Australian Ballet in 2012 for their fiftieth Birthday celebrations and performing the role of the Nurse in “Eugene Onegin” and also creating a new role of Prince Siegfried’s Babushka nurse in the premier of Stephen Baynes “Swan Lake".
Terese enjoys mentoring the next generation of dancers in her repertoire classes and private coaching sessions with select half day GISD students.
Joanne Plowman - Studio Director
Joanne trained at the Australian Ballet School (ABS) under the direction of Dame Margaret Scott. Whilst at the ABS she performed in the 21st Anniversary Gala in Serenade, was awarded the Cechetti scholarship and in her final year she toured with the Dancers Company as a soloist in Swan Lake.
Following graduation Joanne changed career direction, completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physical Education and a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. She worked at the Epworth Hospital and sports medicine clinics as a dietician and lectured at Holmesglen Tafe in their personal training course. Joanne is currently the dietician for the VFL umpires.
In 2008 Joanne began teaching at Glen Iris School of Dance taking over the Dance-Play program.
Barbara Warren-Smith- O.A.M
Barbara Warren-Smith is one of Australia’s most respected and dynamic dance teachers. She commenced her training at Ballet Guild, later known as Ballet Victoria under the direction of Laurel Martyn. At age 17 she successfully auditioned for Channel 7, beginning a long career in television across all networks including fourteen years at Channel 9. During her period as a choreographer for The Bert Newton Show, The Don Lane Show and The Ernie Sigley show Barbara worked with many talented performers such as John Farnham, Debra Byrne, Rhonda Burchmore,David Atkins,Patti Newton, Michael Cormick and Marina Prior.
From an illustrious performing career spanning ballet, musical theatre and television she has gone on to become an icon of jazz dance – her expertise is in constant demand, be it as a teacher, choreographer or adjudicator. Barbara has been a lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) since 1987 and recently travelled to the United States as choreographer of the Australian Girls Choir where she also took personal time to research and reinvigorate her own skills.
Kerrie McArthur - Half Day Program
Kerrie began her classical ballet training with Kathleen Gorham, then with Dianne Parrington at The Victorian Ballet School. She then studied dance full time at VCAS. After graduation she performed for eight years regionally and interstate with RTS, a Russian Folk Dance Group, under the direction of Luba Baksheev.
Kerrie began her teaching career in 1990 at the Victorian Ballet School. During this time Kerrie completed her Associated Diploma of Dance Teaching with distinction under Laurel Martyn at Box Hill Institute and her RAD Teachers Certificate.
From 1999 until 2011 she taught at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and was Head of Junior School. She trained children aged from five to sixteen years and travelled extensively throughout Australia and overseas examining and conducting teaching seminars in Hong Kong, Japan, the Phillippines and Melbourne in the ACB syllabus (the Vaganova-based ten year program).
In 2010 Kerrie was awarded a Fellowship of the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, recognizing distinguished service of the highest degree and strong leadership of the training program.
Throughout her thirty years of teaching, Kerrie has been a guest teacher, choreographer and examiner at many dance schools in Melbourne including Essentially Ballet, Glen Iris School of Dance, Melbourne School of Classical Dance, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and Victorian College of the Arts Melbourne University.
Jackie Rae Lythgo - Senior Tap
Jackie Rae Lythgo is a triple threat performer who studied at the Victorian College Of The Arts, The Johnny Young Talent School, Karen Stephens and Dance Factory on scholarship. As an actor, singer and dancer, Jackie Rae has consistently worked in the industry with top Australian and international directors, musical directors and choreographers.
Jackie Rae began professionally performing as a lead compere of Warner Bros. pantomime’s for Conrad and Co Australia wide for several years, along with a list of corporate, commercial, TV, band, dance and theatre credits. At 22 she gained her first professional musical theatre role as the Enchantress in Disney’s “Beauty And The Beast”, her next role was understudying the female lead, Phillia, in “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Way To The Forum” touring Australia and New Zealand.
Other theatre credits include a Hot Box Doll in “Guys And Dolls”, “Hello Dolly”, “Annie Get Your Gun” and “South Pacific” for The Production Company. “South Pacific” and touring to Sydney with Sea Biscuit Productions where she also covered the role of Nellie Forbush. In the Australian tour of “Annie” for GFO, Jackie Rae played the role of Boylan Sister, Ronnie Boylan, and also covered the role of Grace Farrell along side Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks. For GFO and the Really Useful Company’s production of “Grease, The Mega Musical” Jackie Rae played the role of pink lady, Marty, as well as playing Sandy on several occasions throughout the Australian tour.
Jackie Rae’s most recent theatre credit was as Marina Prior’s alternate (Rona) and cover for all four female roles in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” with a small star cast including Lisa McCune, Magda Szubanski and David Campbell, for MTC. Later for STC, Jackie Rae again played Rona as Marina’s weekly alternate and also played the role of Olive for several performances.
For over twenty years, Jackie Rae has regularly taught Jazz, Tap, and Music Theatre from beginners to advanced classes at several schools all across Melbourne. She has also choreographed many shows, productions and events throughout those years.
Jayne trained under Rhyll Kennell at the National Theatre Ballet School in Victoria and later with Anne Wooliams at The Victorian College of The Arts. Between 1982 and 1984 she undertook further studies with the Australian Ballet School and won the Lucy Saranova and Dame Peggy van Praagh awards. During this time, Jayne toured with the Dancers Company to regional areas. Jayne joined The Australian Ballet Company in 1985 and over the following nine years was promoted to Corphyree, Soloist and leading Soloist. In 1989 she won the Big Brother Scholarship and travelled to Europe, and the USA.
Highlights of her career were tours to the USA, Japan, China, Russia, London, Greece, Taiwan, Bangkok, Singapore and Italy.
Among her favorite roles were "Don Quixote" (Queen of the Dryads), "Giselle" (Queen of the Willis), "Swan Lake" (Lead Swan and Pas de Six), "Suite en Blanc (Pas de Cinq), "Symphony in C". "Voluntaries" (Pas de Trois), "Gemini" and "Apollo".
Since retiring from dancing in 1993 Jayne has been involved with the Cecchetti Society, adjudicating and teaching. The past four years have been spent at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy under Lucinda Dunn teaching and coaching both full-time and part-time students.
Jayne is currently the Ambassador to the Friends of the Australian Ballet.
Millie started ballet at Glen Iris School of Dance at the age of six, and danced numerous lead roles in our end of year concerts including Sugar Plum Fairy, Lilac Fairy, Carabosse and Black Swan. Millie also performed with the Victoria Opera Company in their productions of “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella”. She completed two years full time training with the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, and whilst at ACB she performed at Hamer Hall in Maina Gielgud’s production of “Coppelia”. After twelve months as an assistant teacher with GISD, Millie is now fully qualified in the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet syllabus.
Adrian began his training at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires where he was born, under the tutelage of Yura Dimitrievitch, Roberto Dimitrievitch and Vakhtang Chaboukiani. He continued his dance education in New York and Paris under George Balanchine, Alexander Minz and Raymond Franchetti.
He has an extensive repertoire as a principal dancer and soloist appearing in all the major ballets throughout Europe, Argentina and Australia.
Adrian has choreographed and taught for many companies and schools around the world including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, International Ballet Tokyo Japan and National Institute of Circus Arts.
As the Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Ballet Adrian has produced works such as Petrouchka?s Nightmare, El Amor Brujo, Odd Couples and Eat Pianist.
Jesika Clark - Singing
An accomplished musician, Jesika Clark relishes any opportunity to perform, as a vocalist or instrumentalist. While completing her honours in Music Performance of Classical Voice at the University of Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music, she performed in Rossini’s William Tell (Victorian Opera) and Dialogues des Carmélites (MCM). Jesika also appeared in Paris: A Rock Odyssey (Music Theatre Melbourne) Her teacher and mentor is Suzanne Johnson. Jesika has performed at many prestigious events with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir under celebrated conductor Andrew Wailes including the Melbourne Cup, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Olivia Newton-John Charity Gala, the Prime Minister’s Olympic Gala and the Melbourne ANZAC Day Dawn Service.
Aside from performing, Jesika loves to share her musical knowledge and passion with her students. She began her studies in piano with Yamaha Music Education and under the tutelage of Peter Hurley was awarded her Associate of Music Diploma in 2017. She has accompanied many school choirs and accompanies for AMEB and music scholarship exams.
Rebecca trained at Glen Iris School of Dance for eight years. She performed with the Victorian Opera in “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty” at Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne. She received the Tessa Maunder Teacher’s Award and the outstanding achievement award in consecutive years (2014 and 2015). In 2016 she commenced training with the Queensland Ballet Academy where she completed the Senior program and was given an early offering to join the Pre Professional program the following year. During this time she performed with the Queensland Ballet Company in “The Nutcracker” and “Synergy” and with Australian Dance Collective in Gabrielle Nankivell’s “Carbon Field” for “Bespoke”. Her academy performances included the roles of Fée aux miettes from “Sleeping Beauty”, Tempo di valse from “Paquita”, Jeanne from “The Flames of Paris” and the pas de trois from “Swan Lake”.
After completion of the Pre Professional program, Rebecca had a career change and is now studying a Bachelor of Advanced Science with Honours in Chemistry and Astrophysics. In 2019 she returned to GISD to teach and became a certified ballet teacher in the Ballet Conservatoire syllabus.