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Jo McKinley

Director

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.

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IsabellA Rodrigues

Senior 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.

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Alana Beaton

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.

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Nadine Alston

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.

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Will Tran

Hip Hop

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

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Tracy Bourne

Vocal Coach

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

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Kelly Nuttall

Operations Manager

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.