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Our Teachers

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Amber Hobson

Artistic Director, Classical Teacher, Competition Choreographer

Amber Hobson

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

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” and many more.

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Kerrie McArthur

Senior Classical, Half Day Program

Kerrie McArthur

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

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 the Victorian College of
the Arts (VCAS. After graduation she performed for eight years regionally and interstate with
RTS, a Russian folk dance Group, under the direction of Luba Baksheev. 

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Chiara Ferri

Senior Ballet Teacher

Chiara Ferri

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

A former member of the English National Ballet, Stadttheater Bern, Stadttheater
Luzern in Switzerland and the Pantomime Theater in Copenhagen. For the past 13 years she has
been teaching classical ballet to students of all ages at the Performing Arts school in Auckland NZ,
working as Ballet Mistress for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, teaching ballet at City Dance Centre and the
Melbourne School of Classical Dance in Melbourne. More recently she has been working as Ballet
Lecturer at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, teaching the ACB Classical Ballet Training and
Assessment Program and teaching the Full Time and Part Time courses based on Vaganova Method.

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Joanne Plowman

Studio Director, Classical Teacher

Joanne Plowman

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

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”.

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Jayne Beddoe
Senior Classical teacher and coach, competition choreography

Jayne Beddoe

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

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

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Adrian Dimitrievitch
Senior Classical teacher

Adrian Dimitrievitch

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

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.

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Terese Power

Senior Classical teacher and coach, Half Day program repertoire and competition choreography

Terese Power

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

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.

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Julie Green

Senior Jazz teacher

Julie Green

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

Julie trained in Classical, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Theatrical, Modern, Character and Contemporary Dance under teachers such as May and Tuppy Downs, Lorrie Clark, Michael O’Connor, Tony Bartuccio, Barbara Warren-Smith, Lyn Golding, David Atkins and Betty Pounder

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Lara Malachowski

Junior Lyrical & Contemporary

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

Miss Lara has been with us for many years and as a dancer is extremely versatile. As Miss Lara
takes on her new teaching role she will be mentored by Miss Lila who has already created a syllabus that
reflects how the students have been taught over these years.

Lara Malachowski

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Lila Swell

Contemporary teacher

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

Lila is a former half day student at GISD who commenced with us at a very young age.  Whilst she excelled in many areas of dance, in her later years contemporary became her true passion.  She is currently studying year 12 and continuing her love of contemporary dance, under the mentorship of Adam Blanche, teaching junior contemporary and choreographing competition solos for some of our senior students.

Lila Swell

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Ruby Young

Senior and intermediate Contemporary and lyrical teacher

Ruby Young

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

Ruby commenced her early dance training at Independent Dance Studio, moving onto VCASS between 2018-2021.  She is currently a student at Transit Dance Academy.

Ruby has won multiple awards as a dancer and contributed choreographically to a Tim Harbour piece in 2021 "Le Bal'.

Ruby has previously worked as a junior assistant and a peer teacher at VCASS for performance of "Meraki"  in 2021


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Bianca Weller

Strength and Conditioning

Bianca Weller

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

Bianca commenced her dance training at Glen Iris School of Dance at the age of three. As a
student she represented the school as a finalist at both Ballet Teachers Workshop and
Sydney Eisteddfod. In 2018 she attended the workshop and competed in the International
Dance and Ballet competition held in Florida, placing in the top 25.

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Charlotte McCormack

Junior Jazz Teacher

Charlotte McCormack

The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

Charlotte is a former GISD student who excelled, amongst other things, at jazz.  She competed in solo and troupe competitions during her time as a student and had the good fortune to study jazz under the tutelage of Barbara Warren Smith.  Charlotte is currently studying her VCE and juggling school captaincy with her love of teaching junior jazz.

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The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

Leah Allen

Classical ballet teacher

Originally trained in Wollongong with Beverley Rowles, she then continued her schooling at the Australian ballet school.  Following graduation she went on to work and perform in musical theatre and classical ballet companies overseas.She was awarded Young Artist of the Year in 2017  at Theater Magdeburg for her soloist roles. Leah decided to return to Australia with her partner and start a family and we are very lucky that she has decided to settle in Melbourne and teach with us!

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The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

Maggie Fitzpatrick

Junior Ballet & Jazz Teacher

Maggie studied all genres of dance while she was a student here with us at GISD, competing in many troupe competitions and performing at a high level in end of year productions.  Whilst Maggie decided a career in dance was not for her, she is immensely enjoying combining her love for jazz and young children through her teaching.  She is mentored in her teaching by Barbara Warren-Smith, who continues to be an inspiration.

Maggie Fitzpatrick

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The teaching staff are all committed to carefully planning and structuring classes in order to achieve the most positive outcome for everyone. In dance education, we are creating the future for Performing Arts.

Raul Pita Callabero

Private coaching, classical and contemporary

Raul trained with the Cuban National Ballet School and began his career following  graduation in the Cuban National Ballet Company.  Throughout his professional dancing career he performed a variety of roles in classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance under a number of different directors.  We are extremely excited to welcome Raul to our team of teachers.

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