Our Teachers

Anne Reardon

RAD, RTS / ATOD Affiliate Teacher

Principal

Miss Anne started her ballet training in Wagga Wagga and was fortunate enough to have been instructed by Miss Edna Busse (OAM).  In 1995, Miss Anne completed her full-time Dance and Performing Arts studies at the Bartuccio Dance and Promotion Centre in Melbourne.  Her teaching skills were nurtured at the Fran Day School of Dance, The Rachael Strong Dance Academy and Southern Cross Performing Arts where she prepared students for exams in Ballet, Tap and Jazz through the British Ballet Organisation, Ballet Australasia Limited and the Royal Academy of Dance.  

 

Miss Anne has worked as a Classical Ballet Teacher and Choreographer with amateur musical theatre groups including Canberra Repertory Society, Supa Productions and The Canberra Philharmonic Society.  She has also enjoyed other interesting experiences inlcuding working as an extra on 'Neighbours' and choreographing for diplomats with the Department of Foreign Affairs!

 

Miss Anne was fortunate enough to travel to London for her graduation ceremony with the Royal Academy of Dance for her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.  She has now built on this training to create a safe, friendly and nuturing environment at Allegro Ballet School.  In 2016, Miss Anne completed the Classical Dance Australia teacher’s course in the Preparatory Syllabus in Classical Ballet for Vocational Students with Mr John Byrne. 

 

Miss Anne is a dedicated teacher who loves to share her passion for classical ballet with each and every student.  She believes that the training provided in classical ballet has so many benfits for students including improving self-discipline, self-confidence, physical fitness and reward for hard work, as well as the feeling of absolute joy to dance in this beautiful, graceful, dramatic and exciting artform.

Nadine Milgate PhD

 

Head of Contemporary Dance Department and Advanced Classical Ballet Teacher

Nadine Milgate PhD - Miss Nadine is the Head of our Contemporary Dance Department as well as teaching Advanced Classical Ballet. 

 

Miss Nadine commenced her dance training at the Parry School of Dance in Port Macquarie. She studied ballet, contemporary, jazz and character and completed the British Ballet Organisation (BBO) examinations consistently receiving Honours. Miss Nadine was invited to audition for The McDonald College performing arts school in Sydney and following her acceptance into the College she moved away from home to board at the school’s boarding facility. 

During her time at McDonald College Miss Nadine was taught by many remarkable and talented teachers. Under the careful tuition of these teachers, Miss Nadine completed her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations to an advanced level with Honours. Miss Nadine also studied contemporary dance at McDonald College under the expert teaching of Mr Trevor Green.  

Miss Nadine then went on to dance professionally in two dance companies in Newcastle – Dance Nouveau and The Hunter Regional Dance Company (HRDC). Miss Nadine’s discipline and hard work was rewarded when she was awarded soloist roles in original contemporary arrangements. While dancing with the HRDC Miss Nadine commenced her university studies in occupational therapy and started teaching ballet and contemporary classes at a number of dance schools in Newcastle. 

 

Miss Nadine has dance teaching experience spanning 15 years. In addition to teaching in Newcastle, Miss Nadine has taught in Hobart and Wagga Wagga. Miss Nadine has experience teaching classical ballet syllabus and open classes for children and adults; dance conditioning; classical ballet technique; contemporary dance and private lessons. Miss Nadine is also an accomplished choreographer. She has choreographed solo routines for students to perform in eisteddfods and also ballet and contemporary group routines for annual dance concerts.  She was the choreographer for the All Abilities Theatre company performance of Peter Pan in 2014. As a qualified occupational therapist Miss Nadine completed her honours degree studying dance therapy.  

In 2016, Miss Nadine completed the Classical Dance Australia teacher’s course in the Preparatory Syllabus in Classical Ballet for Vocational Students with Mr John Byrne. Miss Nadine believes that the foundation of all dance begins with a strong classical ballet technique. She is a committed and caring teacher who nurtures all her students to be the very best version of themselves.  

Emma Guymer B.Ed (Primary)

Head of Jazz Department

Emma Guymer B.Ed (Primary) - Miss Emma is the head of our Jazz Department.  

Emma began dancing as a teenager at Robin Baston’s School of Dance in Barellan and was taught Australasian Dance Association [ADA] syllabus work formally known as Federation of Australian Teachers of Dance [FATD] in both jazz and tap. Emma became passionate about dance and continued dancing from this point onwards. At the age of 18 Emma completed her Pre-Elementary Teaching Certificate in Modern Dance with ADA receiving Honours. 

  

Emma then danced with Canberra Dance Development Centre gaining experience in Jazz and had her first year of learning classical ballet. When she commenced university in Wagga Wagga, she gained experience in a range of dance forms from jazz, tap and ballet, through to hip-hop and cheerleading at Southern Cross Performing Arts Studio and she was also given the opportunity to teach at the studio. Over the past few years, Emma has been a student at Allegro Ballet School studying advanced levels of Royal Academy of Dance [RAD] ballet syllabus.  

 

Throughout 2016, Emma danced at the Central West Performing Arts Studio in Orange and has recently completed two of the Elementary teaching examinations with ADA in Modern Dance achieving Honours with Distinction in both.

 

Emma is a kind and caring teacher who strives to assist students to reach their full dancing capacity. She enjoys choreographing routines and teaching students the love of dance. Emma has choreographed routines for concerts, school performances and debutant routines in different dance genres. 

 

Emma is passionate about ensuring safe dance practices and aims to create a stimulating, positive, learning environment intended to enhance students’ dance outcomes. Emma is a creative individual, enthusiastic about sharing her love of dance with her students.  

 

Emma graduated from Charles Sturt University at the end of 2016, with a Bachelor of Education (Primary), andnow teaches at Coolamon Central School

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Our Guest Teachers

Rachael Strong (ARAD, RTS)

CBTS Mentor, Royal Academy of Dance

Principal, Rachael Strong Dance Academy (Canberra)

 

Miss Rachael comes to us from the Rachael Strong Dance Academy in Canberra, ACT.  

 

Miss Rachael trained at the New Zealand School of Dance and graduated in 1994 with her RAD Teaching Diploma. Whilst there she took her Elementary, Intermediate and Associate Character Exams with International Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD).

 

Miss Rachael immigrated to Australia in July 1995 to teach at the Del Brady School of Dance which she then inherited and, 20 years later, the Rachael Strong Dance Academy is still her absolute passion!  She has also been appointed an RAD Mentor for students who are studying their Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS)

 

Many of Miss Rachael's students have been successful in tertiary training professional careers both in Australia and overseas. Some have even chosen a teaching career themselves. In 2004 Miss Rachael received the prestigeous NZSD “Graduate of the Year” Award.
Miss Rachael acted as Miss Anne's mentor with the Royal Academy of Dance and continues to travel to Wagga at least twice a year to conduct intensive workshops and private private coaching to prepare the Allegro Ballet School students for their classical ballet exams and performances.

 

Miss Rachael adores teaching and says;  'they say “you never stop learning” so between the students and myself we will continue to flourish!'

Tim Podesta

Director, Regional Academy of Performing Arts, Wodonga, VIC

Adv. Dip Myotherapy

Adv. Dip Aust. Ballet School

Master Trainer through Federation of International Sports, Aerobics and Fitness (FISAF),

Accredited coach Athletics Australia

BA in Screen and Performing Arts through Auckland Unitec.

 

Tim is a graduate of the Australian Ballet School and has performed globally in works by leading choreographers and directors. It was always Tim's intention to build a school in Wodonga offering the best in training, injury prevention methods and provide networks and resources that rival the metropolitan based schools. Today the Regional Academy of Performing Arts stands as a leading national training institute. As a teacher Tim has taught students and professionals from all corners of the globe.

 

In 2006 Tim founded PROJECTion Dance Company. PROJECTion Dance serves as a laboratory for artists, therapists and practitioners to explore developments in dance and the evolution of dance across many borders including professional dance performances, inclusive dance practice, dance education and specific areas of dance medicine.

PROJECTion has toured Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe receiving multiple nominations and awards including the ‘Best Foreign Film’ at the Queens International Film Festival in New York.

 

As an independent choreographer Tim has worked with an array of classical and contemporary companies around the world. In 2014 the Film ADOR that Tim produced, directed and choreographed will have its world wide release. The film is the first of its kind and features dancers from The Queensland Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, The Hong Kong Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, English National Ballet and PROJECTion Dance.

 

Tim’s strengths as a teacher/coach are enhanced by his experience in treating musculoskeletal injuries and conditions as a qualified Myotherapist and Body conditioning specialist targeting and improving ROM (range of movement), soft tissue integrity and enhancing full body function. As a therapist Tim has worked with principal dancers, marathon runners, national swimmers and high performance gymnasts from around the world.

 

Tim holds an Adv. Dip Myotherapy, Adv. Dip Aust. Ballet School, A recognised Master Trainer through Federation of International Sports, Aerobics and Fitness (FISAF), Accredited coach Athletics Australia and this year will receive a BA in Screen and Performing Arts through Auckland Unitec.

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