ROLE: Technical Teacher
I grew up in Sydney and began Ballet when I was 4 at the Neutral Bay School of Dance. Then when I moved to Canberra, I continued Ballet as well as Jazz, Tap and Contemporary at Lisa Clark Dance Centre. I danced until I was 18, only finishing when I graduated Year 12. During this time I participated in many summer schools, auditions and competitions within Australia and overseas.
2020 is my first year teaching Ballet after completing my RAD Advanced 2 exam in 2018.
Q&A with Grace
What got you into teaching?
I love dancing and felt teaching was the perfect way to keep dance in my life after graduating! I have also always loved being around kids and seeing them get into dancing, it’s so cute!
What styles of dance do you teach?
I teach ballet
What is your favourite group to teach?
4 to 6-year-olds
What is your style of teaching?
I try to keep the kids entertained with fun, upbeat classes while allowing them to feel supported in their dancing.
What inspires you when it comes to choreographing?
I think the choreography in performances should show off all of the students’ talents! So I guess it’s the students as well as the music that inspire me.
What do you love most about dance?
I love the time it gives you to concentrate on yourself after a busy day. It’s also an amazing place where you can set goals to work towards and achieve. I also love the community and friends that come from the time and passion we all share for dance.
What do you love most about teaching?
I love seeing the kids enjoy what they’re doing. It is extremely rewarding as a teacher to see the students grow, improve and have fun while they are dancing.
What are your top tips for students to get the most out of class?
Actually enjoying the time you have with your friends away from everything else in life!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasures are chocolate-covered frozen strawberries.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
I would say my parents have been my biggest influence on my life as they are always supportive and encourage me to always challenge myself.
Where would you go on your dream holiday?
It would be between Dublin, London or New York City!