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A dance eductor of over 20 years who is dedicated to teaching. I saw the need to re-invent how dance is taught to the early childhood age group…and haven’t looked back since. Oh so inspiring!

I have lived and breathed as a professional dance educator for 22 years, qualified with teaching degrees/certificates from:
1) Bachelor of Applied Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Education UNSW
2) Master Teacher in Leap ‘N Learn
{Early Childhood Dance – New York City}
3) FATD {Federal Association Teachers of Dancing}
4) Licensed and qualified Yoga to Go Kids teacher
I have the optimum skills and experience in developing a nurturing, knowledgeable and fun learning environment and program for children….and I simply love teaching children 5 years and under and engaging them in a creative environment.

Having studied and been examined in all genres of dance; RAD Classical Ballet, FATD Jazz and Tap, Modern Expressive, Hip Hop and Character, I began my Teacher Qualifications in 1992 being awarded with Honours with Distinction and I began my teaching career.

With a new Dance Degree on offer at the University of New South Wales, I was accepted through audition into the course in 1995 and gained a wealth of knowledge in Dance Pedagogy & engaged in technical contemporary & ballet classes with leading dance professionals David Spurgeon, Rebecca Greg, Patrick Harding-Irmer, Margaret Chapple, Sue Healey & Georgia Shepherd to name a few.

I subsequently taught Dance as a subject in a Sutherland Shire High School for many years to year 7 – 12 students in the targeted program and as a HSC marker. I hold years of experience in choreography and productions with students in State Dance Festival, Schools Spectacular, Sydney Regional Festival and State Dance Camps, with many of my students also being selected into State Dance Companies and Ensembles. For a few years during this time I was the Regional choreographer and teacher for the St George & Sutherland students.

During this time (…and for many years prior to this also!) I continued to teach dance classes externally to students aged 3 years to adults, preparing them for exams, eistedfodds and performances.

With additional industry experience gained working for arts organisations including Ensemble Theatre at Kirribilli and Brent Street at The Entertainment Quarter as the Course Advisor, I hold the performing arts; especially dance, very close to my heart.

In 2010 I took the leap and opened my own business – Little Ballerinas a dance school specialising in creative and age-appropriate classes and teaching methods for budding little ballerinas 18 months to 5 years.

With most dance schools being results driven, the focus is often placed on the older students with the aim to achieve precision in technique with exams, eisteddfods and performances, which is perfectly fine.
Yet, what happens is that it often leaves the littlies to be forgotton or at the most, the last to be thought about when it comes to dance classes and planning.

Knowing this, I set out to develop (write & choregraph) teaching & learning programs that focus entirely on under 5 year olds and Little Ballerinas was born.
My teaching philosophy is based on that children learn to dance…and dance to learn.
Term themes stem from aspects such as the 4 seasons, princesses & superheroes, the circus, under the sea and much much more.
Within 6 months word spread about our magical classes and enrolments jumped very quickly to over 250 students…. and continued with many more hundreds since with Little Ballerinas now being run in 14 local suburbs due to the community support of the programs.

I continually look forward to meeting and teaching all the children that become a part of the Little Ballerinas family.
Teaching dance in a different manner, has re-ignited my spark and will do so for many years to come.

Trish xx

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