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Midori Lotz – Classical Ballet/Redland Youth Ballet

Midori studied under renowned teacher Joy Ransley at the Ransley Dance Centre, before later graduating from the Australian Ballet School with an Advanced Diploma of Dance.

After performing with the Australian Ballet Company, Midori joined the Houston Ballet, where she performed in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Manon, La Fille Mal Gardee and La Bayadere.

Since retiring from performing, Midori’s training and professional credits provide a wonderful base for teaching and sharing her extensive knowledge of classical ballet. Seeking a holistic approach, Midori is also a Pilates, yoga and barre fitness instructor making her a sought-after teacher on the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Passing on her extensive knowledge and understanding to the next generation of dancers, we are thrilled to have Midori on our faculty at Redland Dance.

Jacob Watton BA (Hons) – Choreography

Jacob studied for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) at QUT, graduating with an Honours degree.

He is a Brisbane based choreographer and dancer and is well regarded in the Brisbane arts scene. He has worked across the performing arts broadly, with experience in dance, choreography, producing, film, musical theatre, music and technical production. He has performed both nationally and internationally, and shares his knowledge to develop our 3D students, creating forward thinking dancers, and choreographers for the future.

 

Leané Ungerer – Contemporary/Classical Ballet

Born in South Africa, Leané continued her dance studies in Brisbane at the Australian Dance Performance Institute and Queensland University of Technology. She proudly graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) degree with Distinction and was invited to be a Golden Key member. Golden Key is the world’s largest collegiate honor society – membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements.

Leané enjoyed performing contemporary works both nationally and internationally, before turning her focus to teaching. Aside from teaching for Queensland Ballet in their adult and education programs, Leané also works on a collaborative project between Yeronga State High School and Griffith University to research how dance can be used to help children learn, retain and understand Mathematical problem solving better.

With a passion for developing children of all ages, Leané is a Regional Manager for Kinderballet in QLD. We are delighted that Leané shares her passion for dance with students of all ages at Redland Dance.

Harley Campbell – Classical Ballet

Harley trained on full scholarships at the Queensland Ballet (Pre-Professional Program) and the Houston Ballet Academy.

Harley performed with the Houston Ballet before joining Houston Ballet II as a company dancer. Returning to Australia she danced a varied repertoire with the Queensland Ballet, toured with The Australian Ballet Storytime Ballet and then travelled the world as a Dancer/Aerialist with Holland America Cruise Lines.

Harley now shares her knowledge and experience with aspiring young dancers and is passionate about providing a positive and safe environment in which to learn to dance. We are overjoyed to have Harley join our Classical Ballet faculty at Redland Dance in 2020.

Stef Russell – Jazz

Stef graduated from the Australian Dance Performance Institute with an Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre and Commerical Dance.

Intensively trained in many dance styles including Ballet (R.A.D. Adv 1), Jazz (A.T.O.D. Advanced), Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre, Stef shares her knowledge in a fun, supportive and nurturing environment.

Stef also holds a Cert III in Child Care and we are delighted that Miss Stef will continue to nurture and develop our young dancers at Redland Dance.

Elena Mason – Classical Ballet & Character

Born in Russia, Elena trained at the Buryat State Choreographic College. With a career as a professional ballerina with the Buryat State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Elena brings a wealth of experience to the students in her care.

Undertaking the Professional Ballet Teaching Course at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, St. Petersburg, and gaining a Diploma in Teacher of Choreography from East Siberian State Academy of Culture and Art, Elena has extensive and worldwide teaching experience in Classical Ballet and National dance.

A member of the Queensland Ballet Academy faculty since 2015, we are delighted to have Elena return to Redland Dance to work with our extension students.

Sue-Ann Barry – Tap

Sue-Ann has over 36 years of teaching experience, with a Diploma in Secondary Teaching (Drama and Home Economics) from QUT, Full Teaching Diplomas in C.S.T.D. Tap and Theatrical, and Russian Method Classical and Ethnic.

Sue-Ann established her own dance school in Cleveland, Brisbane and was the Principal of the Brisbane Bolshoi Academy for 20 years.

She spent the last decade developing Coredance, an adult dance fitness program. As the principal of Bayside Adult Dance she inspired mature ladies to live life to it’s fullest and continues to teach her Coredance program at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

Annabelle Morton – Jazz/Tap/Classical Ballet

Annabelle trained at Redland Dance under Jodie Ann-White and Boris Bivona, gaining a Distinction in her RAD ADV 1 examination. Furthering her training in the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet method, Annabelle was offered the opportunity to study a Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet in Melbourne.

Returning to the Redlands, Annabelle now gives back to the dancers in her own community, and we love having a home-grown dancer on our faculty! Her attention to detail and calm and gentle manner ensure she is a much-loved teacher at Redland Dance.