Our Teachers

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.

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. 

Jesika Clark

Singing Teacher

Jesika Clarke

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.

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).

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”.

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

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.

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.

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

Eloise Docherty

Junior Tap 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.

Eloise commenced at GISD as a 4 year old, finishing at the end of 2019 culminating with her as our Snow Queen soloist in Nutcracker.  During her time as a student she completed our half day program VCE dance and was a winning competitor at many prestigious competitions.  Since studying with us she went on to accept a place at VCASS and is currently continuing her dance and academic study in Year 12 this year.

Eloise Docherty

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

Rebecca Leith

Junior Classical Teacher

Rebecca Leith

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.

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).

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.

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.

Maggie Fitzpatrick

Junior Jazz 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.

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

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.

Ella Wallis

Junior Ballet Teacher

Ella is a former GISD student, she completed the half day program and VCE dance during that time.  She was our soloist in our 2017 end of year production of Swan Lake.  Ella has also been a student helper with our junior classes for several years.  Currently Ella is studying biomedicine at Monash University and she is teaching a primary ballet class and helping with other junior classes

Ella Wallis

Lucy McKenzie-Stripp

Senior 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.

Lucy came to us highly recommended by Adam Blanche several years ago.  Since then she has continued to follow and assist in the development of Adam's unique contemporary style syllabus.  Prior to this Lucy completed an apprenticeship with Scimm Professional Company, studied full time in Sydney with Ev & Bow, completing her level IV certificate in Dance.  she has been continuing her love of dance through her teaching for the last 5 years.

Lucy McKenzie-Stripp

Charlotte McCormack

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.

Dr. Elizabeth Cumming

Level 5 Ballet teacher

In addition to teaching ballet, Liz is an osteopath with 20 years experience in managing dance injuries with both professional and students dancers.  She is a former dancer with the Australian Ballet Company and has also danced professionally in Europe.  Amongst many other things she directed her own ballet school whilst living in Perth teaching the ACB syllabus. She also has extensive experience in teaching pilates. 

Elizabeth Cumming

Dr Elizabeth Cumming

Level 5 Ballet teacher