OUR DANCE TEACHERS
JOSEPHINE WOODBERRY RAD RTS
Founder & Director
I established Brunswick School of Dance (BSOD) in 1997. The original mission was to share my passion for dance while offering quality tuition for children. My goal was to find contemporary, nurturing teaching methods to communicate traditional dance techniques. Twenty years later, now with a team of like-minded teachers, this mantra holds true and has come to fruition with ever increasing student successes of which I am immensely proud.
I completed the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Certificate of Ballet Teaching and I am a registered teacher with them. I have over 20 years experience training young dancers, preparing students for examinations at all levels, choreographing competition and performance pieces, devising and producing large scale concerts and co-ordinating learning programs within the school.
HELEN GUSCOTT RAD RTS
Helen is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and is experienced in Jazz, Tap and Classical styles. She has a Teaching Diploma in anatomy and Technique and Music in Relation to the Teaching of Dance along with an associate qualification with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. During the mid 1990's, Helen danced under the direction of Dame Antoinette Sibley as she created the Grade 8 Award for the RAD and went on to demonstrate this new syllabus across the UK. From 2004 - 2007, Helen conducted scholarship classes for RAD London's annual awards. Now residing in Melbourne, Helen continues to teach full-time and in 2014, won the Showcase division at 2 national modern jive championships, representing her company, Modern Jive Melbourne.
BRIGEE DICKSON RAD RTS
Brigee holds a Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), she completed her teacher training in London at RAD Headquarters. Brigee specialises in open classes, RAD exam preparation, technical training, pre-pointe/pointe, solo preparation and conditioning. She has worked at several ballet schools in London, Melbourne and rural Victoria, including the prestigious Geelong Ballet Centre.
Rose is our very own home grown teacher. Joining BSOD in 2005, Rose was a very involved and passionate student for 10 years completing all RAD ballet examinations from Grades 1 to 8. In 2015 Rose completed VCE Dance with BSOD obtaining excellent results. In 2016 Rose successfully auditioned for Patricks Dance Studios to study full time dance, an intensive 2 year Diploma. Whilst at Patrick's, Rose completed intensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Acrobatics (including spotting training), Musical Theatre and Contemporary styles. Rose completed the RAD Intermediate Examination with Distinction in 2018 and will soon be embarking on a Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance. In addition, Rose recently completed a Certificate 1 in Acrobatic Arts, receiving a mark of 100%.
ZARA DUFFY ARAD
Zara is experienced RAD Ballet teacher. Over the past 5 years Zara has prepared students for RAD examinations (Primary – Advanced), assisted with group and solo choreography. In 2009 she completed the prestigious RAD Vocational Advanced 2 Ballet Examination with Distinction. Zara has taught all ages from Pre-School to Advanced, as well as Adults, in all genres of dance; Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Neo, Pointe, Contemporary. She also holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences and is also a fully qualified Speech Pathologist with a special interest in working with children.
Zara has attended Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, Brent Street Studios and The Space, all vocational training institutions. She has choreographed and taught multiple dance pieces for eisteddfods and concerts with many receiving awards in competition. Zara’s mother has a successful dance school in NSW which has given Zara special insight and understanding of the dance teaching profession.
Ross Hannaford is one of Australia’s most diverse musical theatre performers. Currently playing the roles of Princeton & Rod in the Australian tour of Avenue Q. Most recently he played the role of Skimbleshanks in Andrew Lloyd Webbers new Production of Cats.
2015 saw Ross receive a Green Room Award Nomination in Victorian Operas production of Sweeney Todd as Tobias Ragg “Ross Hannaford sings the orphan boy with dexterity, restraint and purity of tone” – The Age. A career highlight for Ross was obtaining the coveted role of Paul in the Australian tour of A Chorus Line.
IN 2014 Ross completeD the world premiere of two musicals, James in Beyond Desire for The Hayes Theatre Company and the highly anticipated King Kong the musical for Global Creatures. His previous credits include the original Australian cast of WICKED, Jack in Into the Woods, Theo in Pippin, Carbo inStrange Bedfellows, Colin in The Secret Garden, We Will Rock You and SHOUT the musical. His Production Company credits include Clarius in Camelot, Junior in Little Me, Thoroughly Modern Millie & Sweet Charity.
Ross has achieved all his major examination syllabi in RAD including achieving the Solo Seal award in 2002. He is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) and of the Victorian College of the Arts. He currently freelances at various vocational dance schools in Melbourne including The Space and VCASS.
Ross joins the BSOD team as Director of the student company BSOD Elite Arts Company.
Carolina was born in Brazil where she began dancing at a young age. During her forming years, Carolina performed at some of the most well known competitions including the Prix de Lausanne and was invited to perform in the Youth America Grand Prix.
Carolina was soon noticed by The Australian Ballet School and was offered a scholarship in 2010 to attend for her remaining training years. In 2013, Carolina successfully received her Graduate Diploma in Classical Ballet from The Australian Ballet School and finished her year working within The Dancers Company. Following her graduation, Carolina moved back to her home Brazil to accept a contract with Sao Paulo Dance Company for 2014 - 2015.
Carol joined Melbourne City Ballet as an Emerging Artist in 2015 before being promoted to Junior Artist as of 2016. In 2016/17 Carolina appeared in many soloist and principal roles including "Dracula", "Romeo & Juliet", "Madame Butterfly" “Don Quixote”, “Nutcracker” and "Napoli". As of January 2017, Carolina was promoted to Company Artist with Melbourne City Ballet.
Olivia began full-time training with the Australian Ballet School in 2009. During her studies, Olivia was the recipient of the Australian Ballet School Scholarship of Excellence (Level 7). Following graduation, Olivia travelled and performed across Europe before returning to Australia to join Melbourne City Ballet. Olivia is passionate about teaching and is currently teaching RAD and open ballet classes at a number of Ballet Schools across Melbourne.
Originally from Newcastle NSW, Leah initially trained in dance to compliment her passion for elite level figure skating. A new passion was ignited! Training with Marie Walton-Mahon (RAD Examiner, Principal at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, and founder of the Progressing Ballet Technique program) Leah completed the new RAD Intermediate examination. Following this success, Leah auditioned and was accepted into the Australian Ballet School’s 4 year full time training program in Melbourne where she completed a Diploma in Dance. At present, Leah is studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University alongside teaching dance at BSOD as well as introductory dance for figure skaters at IceHQ. We are so excited to welcome Leah to the BSOD teaching team and to share in her knowledge.
Originally from Miami, James has a Diploma of Theatre and Dance Performance as well as completing 2 years of Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance Performance. James has enjoyed a professional dance career including 3 years with the Cincinnati Ballet Company. Since 2015, James has worked as Company Artist and Teacher with Melbourne City Ballet. James’s other skills include Acting, Contemporary, Circus Ropes and Silks and substantial experience in Choreography. We are very pleased that James will be working with our Intermediate and Advanced Contemporary students for 2019.
Elise has trained in RAD Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Broadway/Commercial Dance, Lyrical, Tap, Acrobatics and Hip Hop. She completed the Higher Grades RAD Ballet Examinations well as in 2011 finishing an acting course with the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in drama and film. Elise completed full-time dance training with Patrick Studios Australia in the Elite Squad as well as at Studio 1 Performing Arts. Elise loves and honours the art of dance and prides herself on creating positive energy and an environment where each student can reach their fullest potential.