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Introduction

The Brighton Dance Academy (BDA) is one of Melbourne’s prominent dance schools offering instruction and coaching in a wide variety of dance and wellbeing activities, for all ages.

The BDA has been operating continuously in the Bayside area since 1965 predominantly teaching dance to young people and more recently adding adult dance and wellbeing activity.

We are privileged to present our highly trained and experienced instructors delivering quality classes in dance and wellbeing activity. We are particularly experienced in working with young people within our community. Students at BDA are challenged to achieve to the best of their ability.

We teach the approved syllabi of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) for Classical Ballet and the Southern Federation of Dance (SFD) for Jazz. We prepare and enter students for the requisite qualifications and exams and have consistently achieved high results. The syllabi in these dance disciplines are devised to teach students appropriate skills for their age and physical development. In addition, each syllabus is carefully designed to not only increase the students’ technique but also teach them musicality and performance skills. BDA students attain new skills each year and progress through the syllabus levels.

Teachers invite a selected number of students to learn solos for competitions. Students are chosen to compete as soloists based on: their technique and performance ability; their dedication to dance; their attendance at more than one class per week; and their success in exams.

Master Classes and Workshops

Ballet, Jazz and Tap exam candidates are invited to attend workshops and master classes in the lead up to their examinations. These workshops and master classes are taught by examiners and are an excellent opportunity for students to further their skills in their chosen dance style.

Annual Performance

Each year BDA stages a fully professional performance in which all students take part. The performance is held at the National Theatre, St Kilda with a professional light and sound crew and beautifully designed and manufactured costumes. The Annual Concert is an excellent way for all BDA students to display the skills they have acquired over the course of the year.

Contact Us
Address:

104 Bay Street, Brighton North, VIC 3186

Postal:

PO Box 2152, Brighton North, VIC 3186

Phone:

(03) 9530 6163

Corporate

Brighton Dance Academy is the Trading Name of TuTuThree Pty Ltd, a company owned by three partners with a shared love of the arts particularly community based arts. ABN 63 140 384 809.

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Staff

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Elizabeth Horan,
Elizabeth has been a student at BDA for the past 11 years learning Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop and competed as a BDA soloist and as part of a troupe for many years. Elizabeth has been an assistant teacher for the past 2 years as well as a teacher in the holiday programs. Some of her achievements include the completion of all SFD Jazz exams up to Level 10, was drama (2009), dance (2010), AND music (2011) captains at Star of the Sea College and was accepted to perform in “Top Class” with her V.C.E. Dance Composition Solo. She has also successfully gained a position at the full time dance school Patrick’s Studios for 2012.


Laura Brown
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Originally from New Zealand Laura studied at Deborah Hale Musical Theatre for many years doing the NZAMD syllabus in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Contemporary as well as RAD Ballet and musical theatre. She moved to Melbourne in 2005, where she studied and graduated from Dance World Studio’s with a Diploma in Performing Arts. After graduating Laura worked for Princess Cruises, traveling the world and performing aboard the Crown Princess and Grand Princess ships. She has also been teaching dance between contracts for the past 11 years, in NZ and at dance schools around Melbourne including; Dance World Studio’s, Leaps and Bounds, M3 Dancehouse and now BDA! Along with teaching she has worked as a choreographer for various companies and artists, including The Australian Girls Choir and up and coming singer/songwriter Frank Dixon.


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Anna Cerreto: Ballet,
Anna has been a student at BDA since 1998, was an assistant to Jodie Sutter for 4 years. Anna has completed all the RAD Graded exams and Vocational Graded exams up to Advanced 1 and one of the highest levels of the SFD Jazz exams.. She has also had a lot of experience choreographing routines as dance captain in high school. Anna did extremely well in her VCE Dance subject in 2009 and selected to perform at 'Top Acts'. She has also been involved in several professional contemporary shows in 2010.


Natasha Abrahams,
Natasha has been a student at Brighton Dance Academy since 2000, has been an assistant teacher to Jodie Sutter and Maeve Johnson for many years before becoming one of our teachers. Natasha has completed all RAD Graded exams and many of the highest level SFD Jazz exams. Natasha had a lot of experience choreographing routines as dance captain in high school. She is a qualified Gymnastics Victoria coach and introduced an Acrobatics class at BDA in 2010.



Laura Vandersluys,
Laura has been a part at BDA for the past 19 years learning Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Tap. Laura completed her SFD Jazz level 10 exam in 2011 (the highest Jazz level) and has completed all her Ballet exam levels up to Advanced Foundation. Laura gained a lot of leadership experience from being dance captain at Star of The Sea Collage in 2009 as well as assistant teaching for the younger ballet and jazz classes. In term four, 2011 Laura took over majority of the Hip Hop classes and continued to teach in the following years. Laura gained a place in the Youth Contemporary Dance Company ‘Project Y’ in 2011 performing in ‘The Dream Machine’. In 2012- 2014 Laura started up and ran a Pilates Barre class with Melbourne Pilates Group Laura and is currently in her last year of a Bachelor Degree of Health Science at the Monash University. Laura gained her Southern Federation of Dance teaching qualification in 2012.

Jess Daniel: BDA Dance Director
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Jess holds a Diploma of Dance (Performance), Southern Federation of Dance Teachers Certificate (Distinction) and a certificate 3 and 4 in fitness and personal training. She has trained extensively in all styles of dance completing her RAD Advanced 2 and JDNZ Solo Seal. Jess’s performance credits in include an 8 month contract with New Zealand's international contemporary dance company Black Grace, a member of New Zealand’s leading commercial dance company Candy Lane Dancers and numerous commercial gigs and fashion shows. In 2010 Jess became a choreographer for the Australian School of Performing Arts and has toured both nationally and internationally with the Australian Girls’ Choir.


Jodie Sutter,
Jodie has a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management from Box Hill Institute.  She has extensive dance training in Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop and Ballet. Jodie has been teaching and choreographing for dance schools, pre-schools, primary schools and secondary schools around Melbourne since 1999.  She has been preparing students for "Southern Federation of Dance" Jazz exams and "State Dance Association" Jazz and Tap exams for many years.  Jodie is currently undergoing training to become a "Southern Federation of Dance" examiner.


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Jane Inglis-Keen: Ballet,
Jane studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, before being accepted into and graduating from the Australian Ballet School with a Diploma of Dance. She is a former member of the Australian Dancers Company & The Australian Ballet. Jane holds an Advanced Diploma of Dance Teaching with the Australian Ballet School and is a fully qualified and registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. Jane ran her own Ballet School for 6 years before having her two children.



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Katie Daniels,
Katie is from the UK and began dancing at the age of four. At thirteen she began her teaching training as an assistant tutor in ballet, tap and modern dance . Following this she continued into full time dance training at NORTHERN BALLET SCHOOL Manchester; here she trained for three years as a teacher/dancer. Her first professional position was to be of a ‘Rocky’ kind, when she joined a cast of performers on the ocean wave – ‘M.V. Romanza’. Katie spent five years working on some of the finest luxury liners, whilst travelling the world and appearing as Dancer/Singer in Revue shows such as CHESS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and GYPSY. After gaining promotion from Dance Captain to Assistant Choreographer she eventually became ‘In-House’ Choreographer for MATRIX ENTERTAINMENTS Production Company, and was responsible for all aspects of Production, including lighting and Stage Direction. Other Choreographic Experience includes five Revue shows for ‘VIVAS INTERNATIONAL’, (First class entertainment in Japan), THE JANE MCDONALD SHOW, (Blackpool Opera House) Russian Ballet Company,’ BALLET RUSSE,’ Children’s productions staged around the UK, various bands and variety shows. Combining Teaching and Performing became a busy lifestyle. As a qualified teacher in both Dance and Fitness, she teaches a wide range of Dance disciplines, and specialises in Musical Theatre, and has tutored in over eighteen different colleges, both full time and part time both in the UK and abroad. She was led a dance team in creating a new curriculum for Musical theatre dance at the Chichester University and became a senior lecturer and choreographer.
As a ‘Performer’ she has appeared in many musicals in professional theatre. Her Theatre credits include, HOLLYWOOD AND BROADWAY – UK Tour, (as Dance Captain), HOT STUFF (Rock musical – featuring as solo female dancer), SINGIN IN THE RAIN, 1999, OLIVER, 2000 ALADDIN, (Leicester Haymarket Theatre) DIVORCE ME DARLING, 98Chichester Festival Theatre, CINDERELLA, Mayflower Southampton 96 (Understudy as Cinderella opposite Brian Conley), also CINDERELLA, Churchill Theatre, Bromley with Ronnie Corbett), the UK tour of CALAMITY JANE and in her theatre debut as a JET girl in WEST SIDE STORY 93. Television appearances include, CORONATION STREET, EMMERDALE, MEDICS, RECKLESS, THE RUSS ABBOT SHOW, INSUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES for ITV, and BROOKSIDE for Channel 4
Katie is principal of a Musical theatre school in the hills which trains students in all dance and theatre disciplines.