Sunday June 25, 2017

Teachers Our Faculty

An all-star cast…

Strictly Dance offers highly qualified dedicated teachers for students both starting their dance and music training as well as for those with exceptional technique and ability. With studios in Cleveland, Birkdale for parents in the Redlands and an Underwood dance studio for parents in Springwood, Daisy Hill, Karawatha and surrounding areas we offer a wide variety of dance, Acrobatics and Martial Arts programs. With innovation classes for young children to classes offered to prepare dancers for the professional world, our teachers are highly dedicated in helping each child progress and reach their potential. We also offer music lessons in piano, guitar and voice/ singing in one of our convenient locations in Cleveland or Underwood.

 

 



Debbie-Lyn Davidson 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 2010. She is always striving 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. They have been living in the Redlands for over 20 years.

Bodelle Davidson Bodelle Davidson – Artistic Director

Bodelle Davidson Started dancing and singing at her mother’s dance school at the age of 2 years. 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 & Gretel and La Bohéme.

She won many eisteddfods and championships during her competitive years. She attended the QLD Dance school of Excellence and after completing a Certificate IV 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 Man’s Dream”. She continues to perform hosting and performing in ABC Children’s shows. She has taught and choreographed many award winning routines for Strictly Dance.

Holly Davidson – Office Manager

Holly has had extensive office training with 3 years working at the Courier Mail in Advertising. She is the Administrative Director of Strictly Dance, her management skills and love of the studio atmosphere creates a positive and supportive environment for students, faculty and their families. Holly is an extraordinary woman who enjoys the many challenges of studio management and a busy family life.

She continues to amaze us by scheduling our classes and performances, managing accounts payable, costumes and running our Dancewear shop as well as backstage operations at our end of year show – the list is endless and her competence and passion for Strictly Dance is unparalleled!

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.
Martin Collyer 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 NutcrIn 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”.

elle brookes Sally Aitken

USA predominantly as a contemporary dancer. As a young dancer she trained in all genres of dance ( classical ballet ( RAD) ,contemporary ,jazz and tap.) Sally won many scholarships and championships in solo and in group work at numerous eisteddfods throughout her home state of NSW. In 2001, she graduated with an Associate Degree and BA in Dance at Queensland university of technology(QUT). Whilst training at QUT she worked with choreographers such as Leigh Warren, Harold Collins MBE and Natalie Weir.

After graduating Sally then went on to become a free lance dancer and performed for numerous corporate events, award ceremonies, TV shows and product launches in and around sydney. It was at this time she joined a independent dance company called Bondi Ballet where she performed In and around Sydney and throughout regional NSW. Sally was then Invited to join the Jin Xing Dance Company in Shanghai, China. Sally has had an extensive amount of experience as a dance teacher and choreographer in various dance schools, at contemporary dance festivals, youth dance companies and amateur musical productions.

As a teacher; “I enjoy Teaching all ages in various genres of dance. I live to inspire those Aged 3 to simply co-ordinate movement to training and challenging the technical and artistic ability of the ‘ elite’ dancer who is preparing themselves for a professional dance career. “ Sally On a personal note: I am a stepmother and mother of 5 children ( 3 boys and 2 girls) they have kept me very busy and definitely the most challenging role I have and will ever play in life. My 3 youngest children love dancing and dance many afternoons as apart of the strictly dance family. I also have worked in the fitness industry (certificate 3 and 4 in fitness) and also worked in aged care ( certificate 4 dementia leisure and lifestyle).

Beccy Fernando Ayla

Ayla started dancing at age 3, and grew up competing in eisteddfods. At age 12 she turned to competitive cheerleading and all-star dance and has never looked back. She has been a part of several award winning and national champion cheerleading and dance teams, as well as competing in Dance Worlds, Florida, in 2011.

She has been a cheerleading coach for 4 years and has been involved with a number of programs, coaching elite open dance teams, all the way down to beginner mini cheer teams. She has also had the privilege to Judge for World Cup Cheer and Dance. She enjoys spreading the love of cheerleading and watching young girls gain life skills and confidence through the sport.

Beccy Fernando Beccy Fernando – Hip Hop Teacher

Beccy is a former student of Strictly Dance with 20 years of dance experience and 10 years of dance teaching experience. She has achieved a cert IV in Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance, a cert II in Children’s Services as well as a cert ll in Personal Training.

Trained in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Sport Aerobics and Ballet, Beccy has won many awards for her hip hop chorography. She loves working with young children and always keeps a positive, upbeat attitude in and out of the class-room.

Jasmine Cross

Jasmine started dancing at the age of 3 at Strictly Dance, she commenced the full-time Excellence program at Strictly Dance at the beginning of 2013. Throughout her dancing experience, Jasmine has performed in both solos, groups and scholarships representing Strictly Dance. She has won many places and been part of many award winning groups.   Jasmine has had experience teaching junior dancers for many years and has studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary and acro.

She is currently studying to attain her Diploma in Musical Theatre, and she loves teaching “her babies” at Strictly Dance!

Bridget Driver Bridget Driver

Bridget began dancing with Strictly Dance at the age of 5. In 2012, Bridget completed RAW Dance Company’s Professional Full-time Program (Certificate IV in Dance), and is currently studying the ATOD Teacher’s Course (Certificate III in Community Recreation) after passing both ATOD Intermediate and RAD Intermediate Ballet (teachers level).

Her performance history includes the ATOD Hong Kong Dance Troupe performance, at the Vivian Kwok School of Dance Gala, and various eisteddfods and performances, including commercial work with RAW in 2012. In 2013, Bridget will perform as a specialty dancer in the musical, The Wedding Singer, with ‘Smash Theatrical’, a Brisbane Musical Theatre Company. She has also previously completed exams in Ballet, Tap and Jazz.

Bridget especially enjoys teaching and working with children and finds it very fulfilling. She continues her passion by commencing a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at UQ in 2013 along side her teaching.

Bridget Driver Emily Dickson

Emily is an accomplished dancer, singer and actor with many credits. She has had many years training in Ballet (RAD Distinction) Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Cabaret.

She has performed in various musical theatre productions including Seussical the Musical, A Chorus Line and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. You may currently recognize Emily on one of her many TV commercial, including Aerogard, Robins Kitchen and Oldmac Mazda and Oldmac Toyota commercials. She has also appeared as a dancer in the Film Clip ‘Bleeders’. Emily is thrilled to join the faculty at Strictly Dance and to continue to share her talents with all of these wonderful students.

 

Our Music Teachers:

Bridget Driver  (Piano Teacher)

Bridget has a passion for both music and dance, and is currently studying AMEB grade 7 piano, and Trinity Theory grade 5. She has also played the violin since nine years of age. On graduating from Carmel College Bridget received an OP 2, with a VHA 9 in Music. During her time at school she also participated in various musicals, performances, and private singing lessons.

Bridget discovered her passion for teaching and she now seeks to guide each of her students to continually reach for excellence and find joy in music. She is pleased and excited to be continuing her passion for teaching in Strictly Dances Music Magic Program.

 

  • 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