Jo has trained from a very young age in RAD Classical Ballet, Jazz, Music Theatre, Tap, Contemporary, Scottish and National Character dance. She has also studied Acting, Contemporary Singing and Public Speaking and holds a Bachelor of Communication.
After completing her training in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, Jo passed her teaching examination with a high distinction. She has coached students who are now in professional dance training institutions and companies all over the world.
Jo’s music theatre credits include: The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line and Chicago to name a few. Jo has choreographed a multitude of award winning pieces and continues to stage new work each year.
Jo launched the Gungahlin Dance Academy (now GDANCE) in 2002. She has enjoyed exceptional results with her students during this time with her dedication to the students' technical and artistic training in classical ballet.
Jo has carefully crafted the Dance. Play. Grow.™pre-school dance curriculum, an innovative and refreshing approach to children's pre-school dance education which launched nationwide in 2019.
Jo has a passion for ethics and social justice and strives to lead GDANCE with kindness and integrity. She believes that an outstanding work ethic, commitment to excellence and being a supportive, encouraging and positive team member are 3 of the greatest lessons she can pass on to her students.
Senior RAD Classical Ballet & Performing Arts Teacher
Isabella graduated in classical ballet at age 17 by The Brazilian Conservatory of Ballet. She worked as a professional dancer for six years in several companies including São Paolo Company of Dance, Brazilian Company of Ballet and Brazilian Company of Classical Dance.
Isabella is a qualified Royal Academy of Dance teacher and has worked in the Raça Center of Artes Sao Paolo, Brazil, as teacher and coordinator of classical ballet for more than 5 years and has been the representative for Capezio Brazil, one of the biggest brands of dance clothing.
Isabella's highlights as a ballerina include principal roles in works like Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire and Giselle.
RAD Classical Ballet & Performing Arts
Alana has trained extensively in classical ballet (RAD Syllabus), tap and modern (FATD and ISTD Syllabi), as well as contemporary and jazz. Alana gained entry into the Australian International Ballet Academy at the McDonald College in Sydney in 2010.
Alana appeared on the TV series Dance Boss in 2018 and wowed audiences with her dance talents. She is an ambassador for the dancewear line, Collections by Claudia (Claudia Dean).
Alana has a true passion for teaching, and is the third RAD teacher to be joining the GDANCE faculty next year, joining Miss Jo & Miss Isabella. She is due to graduate her CBTS from the RAD in 2019.
Head of Dance. Play. Grow.™ Pre-School Dance
Nadine began dancing at the age of 5 after her Mum put her in classes to help give her confidence. She fell completely in love with dance and has been dancing ever since. Nadine has danced both competitively and recreationally, training in a wide range of styles including tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, classical ballet and pointe. She took a particular interest in Classical Ballet, undertaking both ATOD and RAD Examinations and has also been involved in numerous local and regional level eisteddfods.
Nadine has a passion for everything creative and performing arts, and apart from dance she also has had experience in Acting, Cheerleading, Acrobatics and Gymnastics.
Nadine has a passion for teaching children and is committed to helping students grow as dancers. She loves to see her students improve throughout the years and gain confidence. Nadine is originally from the South Coast of NSW and is now in Canberra studying a Bachelor of Criminology.
Some of Will’s work includes the following:
Head Choreographer – Spin Centenary Canberra Celebration
Dancer - Stan Walker
Artistic Director – Flow City with Jesse Rasmussen
Justin Bieber and Movement Lifestyle Australia Tour, Shaun Evaristo, Jon Boogie, Nick Demoura and Johnny Erasme Workshop Tour Manager
Brian Puspos and Pat Lam Australian Workshop Organizer
Emilio Dosal Australian Workshop Organizer
Australian Dance Convention Director, Mike Song, Chachi Gonzales and Lyle Beniga
So You Think You Can Dance Top 80
Assistant Teacher to Ellen Kim - Urban Dance Camp
International Choreographer – European Workshop Tour 2014-2015
Choreographer/Dancer – Ánders – You Didn’t Need My Love Official Music Video
Signed Talent – WhoGotSkillz and StarMoves in Germany,
International Workshops including; Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Greece, London and Paris
Tracy Bourne has written and directed a number of music theatre works, including The House at the End of the Line (2013, Ballarat), Finale (Melbourne and Ballarat Cabaret Festivals of 2012 and 2013) Dreamer (2014, Ballarat Cabaret Festival), and Take my Hand, (2012, La Mama and Ballarat Courthouse). She has also created site specific work with community including My Homeland (2009), and Illuminated by Fire (2010-2011). Tracy originally trained as a classical singer (Qld Con, Melb Con) and later trained as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts (Company 93). She was Lecturer in Singing at the University of Ballarat (now Federation University from 2000-2012), training many performers who have since worked professionally in Australia and overseas. She has recently completed a PhD on music theatre vocal techniques. She now works at Canberra Academy of Dramatic Arts (CADA) teaching Voice and Singing, is a tutor for Canberra Youth Theatre (CYT), a choral conductor at Radford College and leads the Bungendore Community Choir. www.tracybourne.com
Tracy is the co-director of SEAM Inc. (Sustainable Environment Arts Movement), an organization that creates art projects that engage communities with issues of climate change. Projects include Ella’s Choice, a play for year 9 students about climate change, and WARM, a statewide textile art project that imagines a future without coal. www.seam.org.au
RAD Classical Ballet
Bernadette Matthew found her love of teaching young and now has over 25 years experience. In addition to developing dancers in RAD ballet, she has had success at the competitive level in the areas of ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre. Bernadette holds membership with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Checcetti Society of Ballet, Affiliate Membership with the Australian Teachers of Dance and holds her Associates with the Scottish Dance Alliance.
Bernadette's past students have gone on to train, perform and teach with the Banff Centre of the Arts, BC Provincial Festival of the Arts, The National Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Coastal City Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Joffery Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, McDonald College in Sydney, Grant MacEwon College, The University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University, Fiji Dance Company, cruise ships, Disney in California and Japan, television, commercials, music videos, movies, independent dance companies, and more.
Stretch & Conditioning
Kylie completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Dance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2008. She began her ballet at the age of four and went on to work and train with many Australian independent contemporary dance artists and dance companies including Sydney Dance Company, TasDance, and local dance and arial company -JAAD. Unfortunately, due to recurrent injury Kylie had to cease dancing full time and follow another career pathway. She went on to study and complete her Masters of Physiotherapy and works full time at local clinic – Sportstec clinic.
Kelly has extensive experience in customer service and administration and providing a positive customer experience in various environments.
Throughout her career, she has also enjoyed working with children in a care based role.
Kelly enjoys reading, music and yoga and loves being a part of the GDANCE team.