Born in Newcastle, Meg studied with Tessa Maunder. She was awarded her Solo Seal aged 15 before winning a scholarship to finish her studies at London’s Royal Ballet School. While at the School Meg demonstrated the Solo Seal syllabus for the Royal Academy of Dancing and was chosen to perform in ‘Pineapple Poll’ for the annual School Performance at Covent Garden. Shortly afterwards Peggy Van Praagh invited Meg to be a founding member of The Australian Ballet. She initially danced in the corps de ballet, progressing to soloist roles and performing with guest artists including Eric Bruhn, Sonia Arova, Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, and Robert Helpmann before leaving the company to marry and settle in Sydney.
Meg then danced for a few years in a small Sydney based company which is now known as Sydney Dance Company before retiring from the stage and beginning a family.
For the next decade Meg worked in various wardrobe departments for stage, film and television programs and was wardrobe mistress at NIDA for 6 years.
Meg returned to Newcastle in 1993. Her love for classical ballet was re-
Julie is originally from Emu Plains and was a qualified gymnastics coach for over ten years, primarily with De Roo’s School of Tumbling in the Penrith region. During this time she also taught tumbling and gymnsatics skills to a number of dance schools in the greater western suburbs area. Her Pilates career was a natural progression from many years coaching tumbling, trampolining and cheerleading.
Julie has been a qualified Pilates instructor for 11 years and a registered fitness instructor with Fitness Australia since 2006. Although qualified to teach all manner of group fitness, Julie is particularly passionate about mat Pilates classes and core strength training.
She has worked at a range of gyms in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains and since moving to Newcastle in 2007, has taught at Howzat, Fitness First, BodyFlight and Energize Fitness, as well as her own privately run classes.
Previous Guest Faculty
Daniel Gaudiello & Lana Jones
Damian Smith, Kristina Chan
Jason Winters, Renee Ritchie,
Brian Hewitt, Kurt Dwyer-
Zara Bartley & Daniel Convery
From Winter Park, Florida in the U.S., Rider began his training at a young age with the School of Southern Ballet Theatre (now Orlando Ballet), training under Russell Sultzbach, Eliza Harwood, Barbara Riggins and Cynthia Roses-
At 15, he left Orlando to train full time at the Virginia School of the Arts studying with former Royal Ballet soloist Petrus Bosman and David Keener. During that time, he also trained at the Boston Ballet summer programs, working with Devon Carney, Bruce Marks, and Yacov Sharir among many others.
Beginning his professional career with Charleston Ballet Theatre, and later moving on to the Augusta Ballet, Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho and as a freelance artist, Rider danced in numerous ballets including the title roles in Romeo and Juliet and Dracula, Prince Seigfried in Swan Lake, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Pas de Deux and Pas de Trois from Paquita, Grand pas Classique, Lar Lubovitch’s My Funny Valentine, and principal roles in Balanchine’s Serenade, Tarantella, Allegro Brilliante, and Who Cares?
Since moving to Australia, Rider has appeared as a guest performer with Melbourne Dance Theatre, Gold Coast City Ballet, & the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.
Rider has been a guest teacher with the Canberra Dance Development Centre and Melbourne Dance Theatre, and faculty with Queensland National Ballet, Ransley Dance Centre, Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy, Anne Kingsford Academy of Dance, Sheridan’s Studio 1, and Fiona Munroe Ballet and Dance Studio.
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Kristy commenced her early training with Dance Unlimited under Tanya Hearne-
In 2000, Kristy travelled to the US to take part in Artisan Dance Theatre’s summer program and went on to a 10 year professional career as a soloist & Principal dancer with Charleston Ballet Theatre, Augusta Ballet and Ballet Idaho/Eugene Ballet and as a freelance artists. During this time she has performed many soloist and principal roles. Most notably, The Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Odette in Swan Lake, Mina Murray in Dracula, The Queen in The Three Musketeers, Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, and Lar Lubovitch’s My Funny Valentine.
Since returning to Australia in August 2010, Kristy has been a guest teacher at the Fiona Munroe Ballet and Dance Studio, Melbourne Dance Theatre and Canberra Dance Development Centre. During 2011, she was on the faculty at numerous schools including Queensland National Ballet, Ransley Dance Centre, Anne Kingsford Academy of Dance and Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy.
RIDER D VIERLING Co-
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MARGARET (Meg) AKERMAN ARAD Solo Seal
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Theory/Full Time Student support
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JULIE WELLS ARAD, Solo Seal
Royal Academy of Dance Tutor
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Julie Wells trained and performed with the Australian Ballet School and Company, before moving to Sydney to teach for Lorraine Norton, one of Australia’s leading teachers and a Royal Academy of Dance Examiner. Julie benefited from working with this teacher whose artistic qualities, passionate love of dance and communication skills laid the foundation for the careers of several of Australia’s leading dancers, dance administrators and choreographers.
Julie was founder and principal of her own studio, one of Sydney’s most comprehensive schools of dance, offering an extensive syllabus grounded in classical ballet and extending to many other forms of dance taught by leading specialist teachers. Her students, many of whom are working professionally in Australia, Europe, UK and USA, participated in the studio’s annual performances at the Sydney Opera House In 1996, Julie took the opportunity to move on and pursue freelance teaching, both in Australia and abroad. This change of direction has allowed her to encounter and absorb new fields of classical dance, giving her broader perspectives and comprehension of differing international styles and techniques in training and performance.
She is a Tutor with the Royal Academy of Dance and specialises in the training and coaching of students undertaking Royal Academy of Dance Vocational Graded examinations including Solo Seal.
Her continuing international involvement includes preparation of pre-
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We are excited to announce that Tanya Keenan will be joining our NBT Faculty, starting in Term 4, 2017.
As one of Miss Kristy’s first Ballet Teachers, Tanya was her inspiration for going on to dance full-
Tanya ran her own ballet school, Dance Unlimited, in Mudgee, NSW for 20 + years. She is a kind, caring and nurturing teacher who considers her specialty to be with younger students.
The love and loyalty she garnered with the students and families of Dance Unlimited, as well as the great success of so many of her students, speaks to the quality of the teacher and mentor that she is.
Tanya has studied extensively in all genres of dance, specialising in Classical Ballet. Tanya studied Classical Ballet full time at The Halliday Dance Centre achieving outstanding results in all her exams and performances. She then went on to establish Dance Unlimited in Mudgee where her passion for dance and love of teaching grew exponentially.
Tanya is a prestigious Royal Academy of Ballet Teaching Member and has proven to produce the highest calibre of dancers in classical ballet, musical theatre, jazz/street, contemporary and tap.
Isabelle Leonard began her training in Taree at Andrea Rowsell Academy of Dance at age 5. In 2010, she went on to study Fulltime training at the National College of Dance under the direction of Marie Walton-
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Bronte completed her formative dance training years with Letitia Polinelli in Cairns before moving to Sydney to focus on Classical and Contemporary Dance training under Janece Graham and Tanya Pearson. Bronte has studied the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and completed her RAD Advanced 1 Ballet Examination. During her high school years she performed with the State Dance Company and was awarded Excellence for her NSW HSC Dance results and selected to perform in the Callback Showcase.
Bronte has been an active Dance Teacher working on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for the last 3 years, since completing her Masters in Secondary Dance Education at Deakin University and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at the Victorian College of The Arts. During her time at VCA she performed in a number of professional Contemporary Dance performances choreographed by: Stephanie Lake, Lina Limosani, Rebecca Hilton, Natalie Cursio, Gerard Van Dyck and Rochelle Carmichael. She has also performed in Lucy Guerin’s Pieces for Small Spaces in 2013, under the choreographic direction of Rebecca Hilton. Bronte was the recipient of the Lionel Gell Foundation Scholarship in Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013.
With 8 years teaching experience, Bronte is passionate about educating dance artists to become creative and intelligent performers. As a Mat Pilates Teacher, she sees Pilates as a complimentary training practice to enhance the strength and anatomical awareness of her students. She will continue her Pilates training with a Diploma in Studio Pilates with Polestar