Teachers

Kate Kaleb – Principal

Miss Kate teaches Ballet, Jazz Ballet, Contemporary and VCE VET Dance

Kate started ballet as a child and began her performing career as a teenager. She has performed with ballet and contemporary dance companies in Australia and overseas, in ballets including Cinderella, Swan Lake, Nutcracker & Sleeping Beauty, as well as original ballet and contemporary works.

Kate is a fourth generation Cecchetti teacher, having studied with Lorraine Blackboune OAM. She has also studied several contemporary styles: Martha Graham technique, Limon technique, Horton technique and release based contemporary technique. Her Jazz Dance skills were honed at Gus Giordano’s studio in Chicago.

In her teaching, Kate emphasizes technical skills, alignment, anatomical knowledge, and development of artistic expression. Students are praised for good behavior and positive reinforcement is used to encourage all to reach their full potential.

Kate also works as a training consultant and curriculum writer for dance and performing arts.

Qualifications

Cecchetti Ballet Associate Diploma (A(Dip).C.B.A. – C.I.C.B), Cecchetti Ballet Advanced 2 (Honours), Level 2 First Aid, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Bachelor of Science (Psychology/Psychophysiology)

Natalie Feary – Ballet

Natalie studied Classical Ballet as a child at the Australian Ballet School, and went on to complete her Cecchetti major exams with Carmela Amelia, and is a regular performer in Miss Carmel’s end of year concerts. She has also studied Contemporary Dance and Jazz Ballet. Natalie is preparing for her Cecchetti Ballet Australia Associate exam, with Miss Kate and Miss Carmel as her mentors.

Natalie has been teaching at Castlemaine Ballet Academy since the start of 2017. Natalie is a beautiful dancer, who is able to inspire students with her excellent ballet technique. She has a friendly and encouraging teaching style, and is calm and gentle in class. She sets high expectations for her students and works hard to help them reach their dance goals.

Natalie also works as specialist child educator and is studying for her Masters in Psychology.

Qualifications:
Cecchetti Advanced 2 (Highly Commended), Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (Honours).

Katie Kilgour – Jazz Ballet

Katie started dance in country NSW studying Jazz, Tap and Classical (RAD and BBO). Katie has choreographed for and performed in community theatre, comedy music ensembles, flash mobs, immersive theatre performances and toured nationally with bands. Her ensemble ‘Dancin4kicks’, performed at community events, including Newcastle’s ABC music awards and the ‘Lily Pad’ at The Big Day Out in Sydney.

Katie is a supportive and energetic teacher who is passionate about safe dance practice, building confidence and nurturing creativity in her students.

Katie also teaches French and Art at Primary level, and performs regularly with various groups around Australia.

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Art/Bachelor of Teaching

Daniella Olea – Contemporary Dance

Daniella has a wealth of dance knowledge and performing experience. She has studied Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Classical Spanish Dance (Flamenco), Hip Hop and Jazz Ballet. She trained as a Contemporary Dancer at Deakin University, and has also completed postgraduate studies in Choreography.

Daniella has choreographed and performed in Independent Contemporary Dance productions in Melbourne and interstate.

Since graduating from Deakin she has worked as a dance teacher in High Schools and private dance studios. She has taught Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Hip Hop, Jazz Ballet and VCE VET Dance.

Daniella creates well structured classes where students learn technique while performing creative, fun and beautiful choreography. She is able to explain how to safely perform contemporary dance steps, and to ensure all students are given equal attention in a class.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Dance/Bachelor of Teaching, Post Graduate Diploma in Choreography


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