MEET THE TEAM

We pride ourselves on the diverse, highly qualified and young team of teachers we have, who each has something unique to offer to our students with their approach and fresh ideas to teaching, learning and choreographing.

 

Jodie Joyce

Principal / Classical

 

A (Dip) C.B.A - CICB Cecchetti Ballet Australia

Victorian Cecchetti Scholar

Australian Ballet Associate

Certificate in Clinical Pilates

Barre Attack Accredited

Level 2 First Aid

 

Jodie has been dancing for over 27 years and teaching for 20 years. She was a student of the highly regarded Carole Oliver School of Ballet and through her time with the Australian Ballet School has been taught by some of Australia's best ballet teachers. Jodie has been trained in both Cecchetti and RAD classical ballet and in contemporary, jazz and tap.

 

She has competed in many eisteddfods, both solos and troupes, including Royal South Street, Commonwealth, Sydney Eisteddfod, Bundoora and has won a number of awards including the Victorian Teachers Workshop and Victorian Cecchetti Grade Scholarship.

 

Outside of dance Jodie is a qualified Clinical Pilates Instructor at Echuca Moama Physiotherapy so has a great understanding of and is passionate about safe dance practices and injury prevention.

Emily Purton

Director / Administration

 

Level 2 First Aid

 

Emily has 16 years administration experience combined with 11 years of bookkeeping experience. Emily has studied business management at university and previously been a part-owner in the family business. Emily plays a big part behind the scenes at the ballet school, managing administration/accounts, the huge task of ensuring every student in the school has a costume to wear come concert time and many other various tasks that go unnoticed that make the ballet school a safe and great place to study dance. Emily has a passion for sewing/dressmaking. Outside of the school Emily also works in administration at MADEC.

Brianna Kiely

Classical / Contemporary

 

A.C.B.A - CICB Cecchetti Ballet Australia

Bachelor of Graphic Design

Level 2 First Aid

 

2019 will be Brianna's 28th year with Suzanne's School of Ballet, first as a student and student teacher for many years and now as a member of our teaching staff having taught at the school for the past 10 years. She has trained in ballet, jazz and contemporary, completed Cecchetti Classical Ballet exams and has participated in several Rock Eisteddfods. In 2011 Brianna obtained her Associate status in teaching Cecchetti Classical Ballet and is currently a registered membered of Cecchetti Ballet Australia. Her creativity and passion comes from a love of the arts, in both dance and design, having many years of experience also as a qualified Graphic Designer and now currently running her own design business alongside her passion for teaching dance.

Lisa Styles

Jazz / Tap / Contemporary / Acro

 

Trained in Cecchetti Classical, Jazz, Tap & Contemporary

Barre Attack Accredited

Level 2 First Aid

 

Lisa has danced with Suzanne's School of Ballet for the past 19 years starting ballet at an early age, followed by tap, jazz and contemporary and has been teaching for the past 6 years. Throughout her time as a student Lisa has completed Cecchetti Classical Ballet exams, Certificate II in Dance (Jazz & Contemporary) and has participated in Rock Eisteddfods, dance workshops and industry days at contemporary dance companies and is currently a Barre Attack accredited instructor. Lisa is a passionate and dedicated dance teacher and loves the quote "every time you dance you turn into a better version of yourself".

 

Molly Flett

Tap / Acro

 

Trained in Cecchetti Classical, Jazz, Tap & Contemporary

Level 2 First Aid

 

Molly has been with Suzanne's School of Ballet for the past 16 years, firstly as a student undertaking jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary classes, as well as 2 years as a tap & jazz student teacher, and now as a much loved, bright and energetic tap and acro teacher. Molly has completed a high level of exams in Southern Federation of Tap, studied VET Dance and participated in Rock Eisteddfods. Outside of dance Molly works as a Vet Nurse and is currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and Certificate III in Agriculture. She also enjoys spending time with her pets, also known as her 'furbabies'.

Claudia Rosenow

Jazz / Hip Hop

 

Trained in Cecchetti Classical, Jazz & Contemporary

Level 2 First Aid

 

Claudia has danced with Suzanne's School of Ballet for 15 years, as a student, primary jazz student teacher and now as a much loved and admired jazz and hip hop teacher. She has trained in ballet, jazz and contemporary and when it comes to dance her favourite quote is "do it with passion or not at all". Outside of dancing and teaching Claudia works as a Cadet Accountant and studies Commerce full time.

Laura Christian

Acro

 

Level 2 WAG Coaching Accreditation

Bachelor of Exercise Science & Nutrition

Level 2 First Aid

 

From the age of 7 Laura began gymnastics and continued doing Women's Artistic Gymnastics (W.A.G) throughout school competing at regional, state and higher levels. Before completing a Bachelor in Exercise Science & Nutrition, Laura also taught gymnastics to toddlers through to competition teams. In her adult life, Laura developed a passion for latin dance, studying and competing nationally in various latin styles. After marrying a local man, Laura has recently moved to Echuca and continued her love of gymnastics and dance at Suzanne's School of Ballet and hopes she'll still be able to do the spiltz and one-handed handstands when she's older.

Hendrika Kirchhofer

Acro

 

Physiotherapist

Yoga & Pilates Teacher

Kangatrainer

Gymnastics Coaching

Level 2 First Aid

 

Hendrika will be joining the teaching team in 2017 as an acro teacher. She has a wealth of knowledge, experience and qualifications as a physiotherapist, yoga and pilates teacher and Kangatrainer. She also has a background as a gymnast and in gymnastics coaching, training toddlers, girls, boys and adults.