BALLET INITITAVE FACULTY
Debbie-Lyn Davidson – Artistic Director & Principal
Mrs Debbie-Lyn Davidson commenced her dance training at the age of 5 years. She studied Classical Ballet RAD, Jazz, Tap, Highland and Irish Dancing. She has been teaching for more than 20 years and passed her RAD teachers Certificate with Distinction. Debbie-Lyn was awarded the ATOD Australasian Teachers Award in 2007 and will always strive to provide expert tuition in a caring and positive environment for students at Strictly Dance.
On a personal note Debbie-Lyn is married with 4 grown children. Three sons (into golf not dance) and one daughter, a professional dancer and also a teacher at Strictly Dance. We have been living in the Redlands for over 20years.
David Semple began dancing at the age of 5 in Brisbane. As a young dancer he was a member of Ballet Theatre of Queensland, Australian Youth Ballet and performed at Expo 88 with the RAD. David moved to Melbourne to complete year 11 and 12 at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School before later attending the Australian Ballet School. After graduating, David was successful in being offered a full-time contract with the Queensland Ballet. While at the company, he had the privilege of dancing many classical solo and principal roles including Swan Lake, Copeilia, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Othello. In addition to enjoying classical ballet, David had the opportunity to participate in the choreographic process with well-known contemporary choreographers including Natalie Weir, Paul Boyd, François Klaus and Rosetta Cook. Among the highlights of his professional career was having the opportunity to perform in pieces by choreographers including William Forsythe, John Neumeier, Stephan Thoss and Davide Bombarda. David left the company at the end of 2003 and began his teaching journey while still working with Queensland Ballet as a Pilates instructor. He became the first Pilates teacher for the new Professional Year program under Artistic Director François Klaus. After taking a break from teaching, David was drawn back to teaching where he found he was able to continue to exercise his passion for dance. Since going back into teaching David has enjoyed combining his Pilates skills and experience with his experience as a professional dancer. He has a particular passion for helping dancers gain a greater understanding of their bodies.
Kimberley Semple (Davis) was introduced to ballet in her home town of Maitland N.S.W. under Beth Reid and Suzanne Pettit. She moved to Brisbane to attend Queensland Dance School of Excellence followed by another move to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Dance through the Victorian College of The Arts. Following graduation Harold Collins offered her a position with the Queensland Ballet Company. She was promoted to feature artist in 1995 and under the new direction of Francois Klaus was promoted to principal dancer. Kimberley enjoyed dancing numerous feature and principal roles from ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Giselle, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Peer Gynt and The Little Mermaid. Kimberley was nominated for a Helpmann Award in 2003 for her performance in “The Big Three” which included works by international choreographers William Forsythe, John Neumeier and Stephan Thoss. Some of the most memorable moments in her career involved featuring and being involved in the choreographic process of new works by artists such as Natalie Weir, Paul Boyd, François Klaus, Chrissie Parrot and Rosetta Cook.In 2003 Kimberley stopped dancing to have the first of her two children. She returned to the stage in 2004 but knew in her heart that life was taking her on a new journey so happily retired from a full time dance career. Since this time Kimberley has enjoyed freelance teaching, performing in different projects by independent artists as well as undertaking a diploma in Professional Pilates. Kimberley has a boutique Pilates studio in Brisbane’s western suburbs and is a member of the Polestar Pilates mentor program assisting new students in their journey to becoming better Pilates teachers. She has enjoyed being part of a team that has seen young dancers go on to professional dance institutions such as Dutch National Ballet Academy and QUT. Using her understanding of body mechanics as well as her own professional experiences Kimberley now receives particular enjoyment from teaching, coaching and inspiring young dancers to grow into all they can be.
Bodelle Davidson started dancing and singing at her mother’s dance school at at just 2 years of age. She was chosen to dance with the QLD Ballet Company in their productions of Sleeping Beauty and Romeo & Juliet. She was also was chosen to perform with the QLD Opera in their production of Turandot, Hansel and Gretel and La Bohème.
She won many eisteddfods and championships during her competitive years. She attended the QLD Dance school of Excellence and after completing a Certificate 1V in Musical Theatre and Performing Arts at DLDC she successfully auditioned for a soloist role at Tokyo Disneyland where she performed the role of Wendy from Peter Pan and Snow White in the musical ‘One Mans Dream”. She continues to perform hosting and performing in ABC Children’s shows. She has taught & choreographed many award winning routines for Strictly Dance.
Danielle started dancing in the Redlands at the age of four. She loved learning a wide variety of styles but classical was a major focus. During her younger years in dance she won many eisteddfods, ATOD Scholarships and danced with the Queensland Ballet in their production of Romeo and Juliet.
At the age of fourteen she took up a scholarship to attend a full time school in Sydney, Ecole Vocational Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Here she studied under the tutelage of Ashley Killar, Jane Allyn and Kit Letheby. During this time she danced at the Sydney Opera House and toured with the school to regional NSW. At the age of sixteen she successfully auditioned at The Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag where she completed her professional training. During these years she had many opportunities to develop her artistry in classical ballet and contemporary dance. Being able to dance the choreography of Jiri Killiyan and Hans Van Manen at performances in Den Haag and Haarlem with live orchestras was most memorable.
As a teacher, her passion and drive is to deliver a high standard of training in a nurturing environment and be able to pass on the benefits of her international experience so that young, aspiring dancers of this generation may realise their dreams.
GUEST TEACHERS Past and invited:
• Renee VonStein – Soloist Queensland Ballet Company /New Zealand Ballet Company
• Benita Walley – RAD Classical
• David Jonathon – West Australian Ballet Company
• Louise Deleur – Nadine Sayers – Lynette Denny – Cherie lord
• Andrew Pronger – QLD Ballet Company & Expressions Dance Company
• Miranda Zeller – Contemporary
• Susan Hagard – Principal Artist – English National Ballet
• Natalie Boyd –
• Claudia Dean –
• Belle Hart –