OUR DANCE TEACHERS
JOSEPHINE WOODBERRY RAD RTS
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.
My latest innovation is to create an Online Ballet Lessons Program for young dancers living in rural areas or who may not have access to a quality ballet school.
JACINTA MURPHY RAD RTS
Jacinta joined our teaching faculty in 2007. She has trained in R.A.D ballet at the Victorian Ballet School with Diane Parrington and in 2008 was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts to study full time (Bachelor of Dance). She has completed the R.A.D Intermediate exam and performed with the Melbourne based Young Dancer's Company. In 2013 Jacinta completed the 2 year Certificate in Ballet Teaching with the Royal Academy of Dance and is a registered teacher with them. Jacinta has experience teaching Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Pointe and has choreographed many solo items for our annual concerts and competitions. She is also responsible for teaching and coordinating our VCE Dance program and has guided over 40 of our students to achieving excellent results, some within the top 15% for Victoria!
RAIN FRANCIS ARAD
Rain trained at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and also the New Zealand School of Dance. She has worked as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher in the USA, UK, Australia, NZ and Ireland; she performed with the National Ballet of Ireland from 2005 to 2009, dancing many classical and contemporary roles and creating new works on the company. Rain is now a freelance artist and has recently performed with Opera Australia and Melenie Crowe Dance. Rain has won several awards for her choreography, including the Australian Choreographic Competition and Short & Sweet People's Choice and has been nominated for an Australian Dance Award for her creative work. Rain is also a regular guest tutor and choreographer at Dance Masters International in New Zealand. In 2016 she became the Director of International Ballet Workshops, notably bringing and teaching alongside American artist Dusty Button for Australasian workshops in July 2017.
Rain holds a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management and a Diploma of Dance Performance. She is an experience RAD Ballet teacher, having successfully entered students for exams at all levels over 15 years. She has completed all RAD exam to Advanced 2 level. We are very excited to welcome Rain to our teaching team.
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. In 2018 Zara will commence the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. She 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. We welcome Zara to our teaching team for 2017.
ARNA ELMES ARAD
Arna obtained an Associate Diploma in Dance from the prestigious Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 1987. As a professional performer Arna has enjoyed working in Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and Theatrical styles. Arna has taught many forms of dance to people of all ages (2 - 62) for over 25 years, most recently RAD Grades and vocational sylabus at the school of Lucinda Dunn's mother Valerie Smith in NSW. She has taught in primary and secondary schools, dance schools, theatre companies, churches and corporate businesses: creating and directing various workshops, short courses and technique studies and recently gaining accreditation as a teacher for Progressing Ballet Technique Workshops. Arna relocated to Melbourne in 2016 to enable her youngest son to attend the Australian Ballet School at Level 5. We are delighted to welcome her to the BSOD teaching team.
Rose is our very own home grown teacher. Joining BSOD in 2005, Rose was a very involved and passionate students 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. We are immensely proud of Rose and look forward to her increasing involvement at BSOD.
Amanda has trained in Classical Ballet to Advanced 1 and Associate teaching levels through Lorraine Blackburn OAM and the Cecchetti Society of Australia. She has also trained as an actor at Victorian College of the Arts, graduating from the Drama School in 2001. In addition, Amanda has a full Studio Diploma in Pilates Instruction and Matwork Cert IV from Aligned for Life Pilates with National Pilates Training.
Amanda’s previous engagements include - Classical Ballet teacher at Elance Adult Ballet School 2008-2012, Performer for Wiggly Worm Dance Company (education through movement in kindergartens across VIC 2009-2014), Pilates Teacher at Melbourne Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinic 2009-2013, Classical Ballet teacher at That Dance Place, Hoppers Crossing. She has also worked as an actor, theatre maker, director for 10 years, appeared on ABC TV and radio, various commercials and on stage for MTC, STC, Malthouse Theatre and Belvoir Street Theatre among many others.
Amanda is dedicated to creating an uplifting studio environment of magic and wonderment. She adores introducing young children to the extraordinary world of classical ballet and planting the seeds for little dancers to become artistically refined. Amanda is mother to 2 small daughters.
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.
Marisa a practicing secondary school teacher with a passion for helping others delight in being fit, free-moving and having sound body awareness. From an early age, she trained in classical ballet to Advanced level and has her Associate teaching certificate with ISTD (Cecchetti method). After a move into Contemporary dance in her early 20’s, Marisa gained a Graduate Diploma in Dance and Movement in Education to add scope to her B Arts and Dip Ed (Melb Uni) in English and Humanities. This enabled her to teach senior school level dance in both London and Australia. As an adjunct to her dance training, Marisa also holds certification as a Group Fitness and Gym Instructor, Les Mills Body Balance, Body Jam and Body Pump Instructor and Mat 1&2, Pre and Post Natal Pilates Instructor
With over 30 years of experience sharing dance and fitness with a vast range of participants, her teaching is now focused on building her own business Just Believe Fit the multiple health benefits of Pilates, Body Balance and Yoga. Marisa loves to draw upon all disciplines in helping people understand the way their bodies move and empowering them to take control of their wellbeing.