Meet Our Teachers

Jon Doe

Whitney Schofield

Principal & Director

A (Dip).C.B.A - C.I.C.B & Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management

Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical, Private Lessons & Eisteddfod Work

Whitney was born with ballet slippers on. Starting dancing with her grandmother, Kerry Barends at the age of 2, Whitney took South African dance by storm.  She won many awards throughout her dancing career in South Africa with her first being at the age of 3 years old.  She took part in competitions all around South Africa and was chosen twice to represent her country in overseas dancing competitions, including the International Cecchetti Competition. She represented her state in their Youth Ballet Company and was chosen to be the soloist in her last two years in South Africa. She was privileged enough to dance in The Nutcracker and Coppelia with the company in Durban, NAPAC.  Eisteddfods have always been a big part of her life as she has performed in them since the age of 3 years old. Whitney toured around America, visiting New York, Atlanta and Boston where she danced at Broadway and Alvin Ailey. Having been awarded the most Outstanding Dancer in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap Dancing on more than one occasion she is one of very few candidates to receive the top mark of Honours in every Ballet exam and Honours with Distinction in every Jazz and Tap exam she has taken from 4 years of age until Graduating at the age of 17.  Having immigrated from South Africa at the age of 16 Whitney continued her training at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy for 2 years where she was taught by world wide highly regarded teachers and choreographers such as Miss Tanya Pearson herself, Julie Wells, Kim Trainor & Tibor Horvath just to name a few . She then passed her Cecchetti Associate Teachers exam with flying colours and at the age of 18 and began her own dance school, WSDA.  Whitney is very keen to instill her worldly knowledge to young up and coming ballerinas and dancers.

Demi Schofield

Co-Director

Bachelor of Business Management

Classical Ballet, Contemporary/Lyrical, Private Lessons & Eisteddfod Work

Demi Schofield was born into a dancing family and has been dancing since the age of 3.  Firstly, being taught by her grandmother Kerry Barends at the renowned Kerry Barends Academy of Dance in Durban South Africa, Demi completed all of her Ballet, Jazz & Tap exams with flying colours.  She then went on to studying at the prestigious Jean M Wong School of Ballet in Hong Kong where she took part in RAD ballet exams as well as Jazz & Tap classes taught by world renowned choregraphers and dancers.  Eisteddfods were a huge part of Demi's life having competed in them since the age of 4 and winning many titles.  Demi has passed all of her major Cecchetti examinations with the highest distinction of Honours and has also passed her AIDT Tap exams with distinction.  During her final year at Brigidine College St Ives, Demi lead her dance team to many Eisteddfod victories as well as winning the audience vote at the Dance of Champions and winning the most outstanding dancer award.  After finishing her HSC, Demi went on to study at University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management. She has since then decided to follow her passion and teach alongside her sister. Demi has always had a passion for teaching young dancers and equipping them with the necessary tools to make it in the dancing world so she is delighted to be passing on her love of dance to others.

Dena Ross

Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical & Hip Hop

 

Dena commenced her training at just three years old at the Robyn Kirkland School of Ballet. She has always had a passion for all styles of dance, but a strong focus on classical ballet and contemporary training. She moved on to train at RGDANCE throughout her teen years. In high school, she finished dance and drama with both band 6’s and her HSC performances being nominated for callback, making the top 10 percent in the state. She then completed her full-time dance studies at the prestigious Brent Street. 

Dena has been working in the industry from a young age and has a wealth of experience she brings to our students. This includes being a part of the British Ballet Organization Scholars Program (2010), the BBO Scholarship Winner (The McDonald College, Winter Workshop), Bangkok City Ballet Summer Intensive Workshop (2010) and 2013 USA tour of: Millennium Dance complex, Broadway Dance Company, Pulse on Tour and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She has also been apart of several TV performances including Dance Academy, Home and Away, The Voice, Pepsi Max Australia's Beyoncé Tribute and Timomatic. In 2018, she completed a 5 month contract in Turkey with one of the Mediterranean best hotels’ ‘Hillside Beach Club’. There, she was able to dance with choreographers from Italy, Israel, Canada and professional performers from all over the world. 

Dena has always had a joy for working with children and teens and intertest in health. She is currently finishing her Bachelor of Health Science (nutrition & exercise) and is also the off-ice movement specialist and dance coach for the Australian Synchronised Figure Skating team. She has found her passion in teaching dance and preparing and watching her students take pride in their accomplishments.

Erin Brummage

Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical, Private Lessons & Eisteddfod Work

Erin is a classically trained dancer originally from the Gold Coast, Queensland. She began her training at the age of three in all styles, and has completed her cecchetti exams up to an intermediate level along with completing her Advanced ATOD ballet exam. She will be training to finish her associate exam under the guidance of Miss Whitney by the end of 2019. After having completed her diploma in elite dance through Dynamite Studios in 2015 on the Gold Coast, Erin has both performed in and choreographed numerous musical theatre productions across the Gold Coast and Brisbane. In 2017, she was nominated for Best Choreography at the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards for her choreography in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Erin is very excited to be joining the WSDA team and can’t wait to work with you all.

Ellen Sawdy

Acrobatics

 

Ellen grow up on the sunny Gold Coast at a small studio dedicated to Acrobatics and Dance. As Ellen got older she started to assist with acrobatic classes and developed a love for teaching. Throughout the years acrobatics has helped Ellen in her professional career including; Princess Cruise Lines, Gold Coast Casino Show 'Genesis', touring cabaret show 'Cabaret De Paris' and Sydney Showboats along with many more gigs and performances. When she landed the job at Sydney Showboats she moved to Sydney and is now able to teach and perform! Ellen has her Module 1 Certificate in Acrobatic Arts and will be taking module 2 in January 2020. Ellen is passionate about safe Acro-dance practice and is excited to start working on the skills and knowledge of Acrobatics at Whitney Schofield Dance Academy in 2020.

Emma Dulvey

 

RAD Teachers Diploma

Classical Ballet, Contemporary/Lyrical, Private Lessons & Eisteddfod Work

Emma Dulvey began dancing at the age of four  at Ballet Academy Northside where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap.
At the age of 15 she started an intensive full time course at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy where she studied Classical Ballet and Contemporary, including The Martha Graham Technique under instruction of a large variety of highly regarded teachers including Julie Wells, Kim Trainer, Tibor Horvath, Paul Boyd and many more.
In the duration of her Studies at TPCCA she performed soloist roles in three of the Sydney City Youth Ballet Productions choreographed by Paul Boyd who was Principal dancer with Oper der Stadt, Bonn, Germany, Basler Ballett, Basel, Switzerland and company coach and choreographer with The Queensland Ballet Company.
In 2010, Emma Toured Europe with TPCCA, auditioning for Vocational Schools around Germany, Switzerland, Austria and The Netherlands.
From The Schools she was selected for, she accepted a place in the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, In the Netherlands, Which was currently directed by Vim Broekx.
At the Conservatoire, Emma was trained by ex soloist of the Paris Opera Ballet Pierre Darde, Ex soloist of Het National Ballet Esther Protzman, Ex Dancer of Nederlands Dans Theater Tessa Cook and once again, many more Prestigious Teachers and Guest Teachers.
The School also offered Nederlands dans Theater Repertoire that was taught by Members of the company where Emma learnt work by World renound Choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Hans van Manen and Paul Lightfoot.
At her time in the Netherlands she had the privilege of performing such pieces as Jewels by George Balanchine, Brahms- Schonberg, part 3 by George Balanchine, Over grown Path by Juri Kylian, she performed at Festival Classique dancing ‘Planets’ by Thom Stuart and performed with ‘De Dutch Don’t Dance Division’ in a soloist role performing their production of Abdullah.