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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 & Elite Training

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, Jazz, 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.

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Emma Dulvey​

 

RAD Teachers Diploma

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

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.

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Stephanie Goldhahn​

Classical Ballet, Private Lessons & Elite Training

Stephanie is a professional classical ballet soloist, who has recently returned to Australia from performing with several ballet companies overseas for the past seven years.

During her career as a ballerina, Stephanie has performed alongside several world renowned ballet stars such as Svetlana Zakharova, Jozef Varga, Anna Tsygankova, Dennis Nedak & Maria Seletskaja as well as worked with many international choreographers such as Radu Poklitaru, Jelena Pankova, Rafael Avnikjan, Gediminas Taranda & Ronald Savkovic.

Stephanie was granted the opportunity to study classical ballet at the prestigious Ballettschule Theater Basel, Switzerland in 2010. She received intense and detailed training in many ballet styles from Balanchine to Vaganova in a professional theatre under the watchful eye of BTB’s director, ex professional ballerina Amanda Bennett, whom also assumed artistic directorship of the Prix de Lausanne in 2012. She also studied Neoclassical & Modern Contemporary performing works by Duncan Rownes, Vitali Safronkine, Roderick Georg and Attila Kun.

Stephanie gained a wide range of training and knowledge from many teachers and guest teachers completing her studies with a diploma as a professional ballet dancer and being offered her first contract in Estonia where her career began.

Stephanie was the first ever Australian to tour and dance as a Soloist artist with the Imperial Russian Ballet. Her debut in the role as “Cupid” from “Don Quixote” gained media attention which resulted in radio, magazine and newspaper interviews around the country. A critique noted during a performance: "A standout was also Stephanie Goldhahn who had captivating stage presence and was a delight to watch, executing her solo as Cupid with an ear-to-ear smile. I couldn’t fault her delicately soft landings and elegance in gliding across stage almost entirely en pointe.” After touring with the Russian ballet Stephanie danced as a soloist in the National Theatre Belgrade performing many full length classical ballets giving her a worldly appreciation and history of her craft.

Stephanie has successfully completed her RAD examinations up to Advanced 2, receiving distinction in all grades. She taught on occasions overseas and throughout Sydney on her returns to Australia. 

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Lauren Hollingworth 

Classical Ballet, Private Lessons & Musical Theatre

Miss Lauren began dancing from the tender age of two and grew to be a dedicated honours student earning high distinctions in both RAD and Cecchetti. Miss Lauren won numerous awards under the direction of Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy where she pursued Full-time ballet at just fifteen. Miss Lauren continued her studies and performed with The Sydney City Youth Ballet, National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australian Institute for Performing Arts in Sydney, Atlantic Theatre Company in Los Angeles and graduated with a Certificate IV in Music Theatre at the AFTT. Miss Lauren has performed in various professional productions such as The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, Polar Express, Peter Pan, Fame, Hairspray, Annie and The Great Gatsby. Lauren has also had the pleasure of fulfilling her childhood dream of working and performing with The Walt Disney Company at the Disneyland Resort, California. Miss Lauren returned home to pursue her love for choreography and teaching classical ballet. Miss Lauren is all about challenging yourself and knows how rewarding it can be. She looks forward to teaching budding young dancers of WSDA.

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Bella Perry​

Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical & Hip Hop

Bella began learning ballet at the age of 5, completing RAD exams up to and including Advanced Foundation at The Ballet Class Rose Bay. She then continued her studies at Village Nation, training in Jazz, Contemporary, Hiphop, Tap and Musical Theatre, and completed years 11 and 12 at Village College. Bella won a scholarship to study full-time dance in 2020 at Village Nation, completing her Certificate 4 and Dance. Since then, Bella has been signed with Presley Management, has performed for G-Flip at Mardi Gras 2021 as well as Todd McKenney at the Grace Gala. Bella has a passion for helping her students reach their goals in the Performing Arts.

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Georgia Croft​

Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop & Musical Theatre

Georgia Croft graduated from two years of full time performing arts at ed5 international with an advanced diploma in performing arts in 2018 and has since performed overseas in mickeys Christmas big band tap show at Disneyland Paris (2019 - 2020). Georgia has also recently been featured in in a TVC for brawl stars “Starr park” (2020 - 2023 usage). Georgia has worked with and for some industry icons such as Marsha Hines, William Forsythe, Christopher Horsey, Minnie Cooper and Todd McKenny to name a few. She has also performed at some well known locations such as the Sydney opera house and the Domain gardens in Sydney (carols in the domain 2018)

 

Georgia started dancing at the age of 2 and teaching at the age of 15. Over the last 7 years she has taught in many styles such as tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, musical theatre and technique.

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Santana Ayoub

Tricks and Tumbles

Started dancing at the age of 3 in all styles. At age 18 became a teacher and fell in love with acrobatics. 

Have my module one in acrobatic arts and over 10 years experience in teacher acro from troupe routines to solos. 

Over the last few years I have ventured into the contortion side of acro and have done many courses to help further my knowledge in helping each student I teach! 

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