Thursday August 17, 2017

Excellence Program 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.

Paul Boyd
Paul Boyd Paul’s very successful career has taken him all over the world.  He was Principal dancer with Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Bonn and Basel ballet companies. He made guest appearances in America, Israel, Germany, Italy, Monte Carlo, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, France and Taiwan. His extensive repertoire includes principal roles in Spartacus, Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Copelia, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Nights Dream, Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote.  After returning to Australia in 1996 he spent 7 years as Principal dancer, company coach and choreographer with Queensland Ballet.Many of Paul’s choreographic works have been taken into the Queensland Ballets repertoires including his two full-length evenings “St Francis of Assisi” and “Jekyll and Hyde”.  Since 2004 Paul has worked as a freelance teacher, coach and choreographic credits include the Hong Academy of Performing Arts, The Royal Ballet School, Graduate College of Dance in Perth, QUT and The Australian Ballet.
Bodelle Davidson Martin Collyer
Martin began his early dance training in the Cecchetti method with Stephen Ayres, and with London’s Central School of Ballet’s junior extension program. At the age of sixteen, he commenced full time training at Central, studying the Vaganova method with teachers including Murray Kilgour, Nancy Kilgour, Stephen Williams and Carole Gable. Central’s third year saw Martin enjoying the tutelage of Greg Horsman and touring the UK extensively, performing a diverse range of works to critical acclaim.

After his first professional engagement with Heinz Spoerli’s Zurich Ballet, Martin danced at Anhaltisches theater Dessau and Theater DerStadt Koblenz, performing a diverse range of roles, from newly created neo-classical works to Bluebird in “Sleeping Beauty” and Hilarion in “Giselle”. During this time, he also performed the Black Swan pas de deux in gala performances, toured to Cuba to dance in the 16th prestigious International Ballet Festival of Havana and guested in Japan as Drosselmeyer/ The Prince in “The Nutcracker”.

In 2004, Martin moved with his wife, Lisa Maree Edwards, to dance with the Queensland Ballet. In his two and a half years there, Martin created roles in several ballets, including “1001 Nights”, “The Nutcracker”, and Kim McCarthy’s “19”, and revisited his earlier success with “Flower Festival in Genzano”.

Bodelle Davidson Bodelle Davidson

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.

rebecca-grennan Karen Muller – Head of Dept. Excellence Program
Karen commenced her training with Lynette Denny in Mackay before attending Valerie Hansen Studio in Rockhampton/ Brisbane at the same time dancing with the Qld Ballet Company. Karen then went on to study of love of contemporary dance with Adelaide College of Performing Arts and after sustaining an injury went into teaching in 1986.Since then Karen has been involved in, taught for and with, and developed many projects including her latest successful venture “Elite Mindset Coach specializing with dancers”, something Karen has been wanting to do for many years to help young dancers not only cope but survive and flourish successfully in our industry.
Karen had her own studios on the sunshine Coast whilst bringing up her 2 daughters and also developed a Full Time training program commencing in 2005. Many of Karen’s past students gained placements throughout European companies and many still dancing now.Guest teacher for classes/ workshops at: Qld National Ballet – Intrinsic Dance-Strictly Dance – Dance Connection (nth Qld), “Sunshine Coast annual Summer Dance School” – facilitator/teacher, QLD COLLEGE of DANCE EXCELLENCE, Founder/Artistic Director 2007/2008, Vocational full time training program: – Theory and Practical subject teacher/coach, Artistic Director/Founder – Qld Contemporary Youth Ballet Co. 2012-2014, Choreographer and full productions manager/creator of each season. Royal Academy Dancing (Aust.) R.A.D. Advanced Certificate
Associate Teachers – Australian Teachers of Dancing A.T.O.D.
YouTube Video | Teenage Turmoil
YouTube Video | Roxanne
rebecca-grennan Kimberley Davis
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.

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 –


  • Strictly dance is the best dance studio in the world. All the students are very nice and parents and teachers are there to assist u. Everyone is there to have a great time and to do their best. We thank everyone for helping strictly dance as well. I LOVE STRICTLY DANCE!!!!!

    Brooke Smith (12 yrs)
  • I love to dance at strictly dance because their dances are unique and creative. I also love the teachers as they are strict, but still our friends. We can also communicate on face book which is pretty cool. The studio is really nice and open but still getting bigger!

    Ayla Hayes (10yrs)
  • They work us hard and we get the results. They share our dreams and help us achieve them. At Strictly Dance I have found a family.

    Xanthe Dunning (11yrs)
  • I love dancing at strictly because everyone is so loving ♥ the teachers understand your needs and help whenever you ask for it :) everyone is friends with everyone and I have had the funniest, happiest and most rewarding experiences there :)

    Courtney Male (14yrs)
  • “Debbie Lyn Davidson has been teaching our little girls for five years. Mrs Davidson, her studio and the other children are an extension of our family. At the end of each year we try to find a way to express to her the wide reaching impact she has on our girls. We explain that what we appreciate about dancing class with her studio is not just the high quality teaching of the dance but the great influence that she is having on the girls as unique individuals striving to do their best in all areas of their life. Thankyou Debbie-Lyn!”

    Natalie McFarlane (Parent)
  • “I am so pleased to have finally found a dance school where the dance is modern and organized. First impression was wow this is fantastic.

    Raelene Addley
  • “Strictly Dance offers everything that makes it easy for students to learn, that is a fun environment, outstanding communication and most importantly qualified, dedicated and caring teachers. My daughter always checks the calendar to see how long until her next dance lesson. Thank you for making her smile and encouraging her to be the best she can be.”

    Raelene Murphy
  • Love you all, Amazing, Beautiful Friends, Strictly Dance is Everything and so much more,  Tayla is blessed to have you all in her life !

    Natalie McFarlane (Parent)
  • Thanks for making everything so very simple for us as parents and enjoyable and well organised for our little girl. We have used other dance schools with her and with the oldest daughter and Strictly Dance is head and shoulders above the rest in all departments. The personal touches mean a lot and it is noticed and appreciated