HOLLY DIGGLE

DIRECTOR


Holly holds a BA in Dance Performance (Theory and Practice), a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management and a RYT 200hr Yoga Teacher Certificate accredited with Yoga Alliance.

 

She has extensive professional performance experience, having performed throughout Australia and toured internationally. Over the years she has worked with choreographers such as Elizabeth Cameron Dalmon (OAM), Graeme Watson, Michael Whaites, Cadi McCarthy, Bernadette Walong, Darren Green, Robyn Prichard, Meg Millband, Adelina Larsson and many more.

 

Holly was nominated for an Australian Dance Award ‘Most Outstanding Female Performer’ for her work in Mirramu Dance Company’s ‘River’ and was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Choreography Award’ and the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for Contact Improvisation Performances in collaboration with Keira Mason-Hill for Short and Sweet Dance Festival.

 

Holly was honoured to become one of the ‘faces’ of the ACT Public School Alumni and to be publicly acknowledged, as a ‘Person of Note’ in 2014. The alumni list was put together to acknowledge people who were educated through the ACT public education system, who have gone on to become leaders in their chosen field.

 

Holly has over a decade of teaching experience, ranging from dance studios, primary schools, high schools, colleges and universities. She has also worked with refugee groups, women in recovery and youth at risk.

 

Holly’s specialty is Contemporary Dance and she gives a strong, physical and technical class. Her teaching practice is inspired and informed by the desire to provide a positive, confidence-building experience for her students. Holly is committed to the holistic development of her students, both as dancers and as well-rounded and happy individuals.

REBECCA ALLAN

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Rebecca is an accomplished dancer and dance teacher. She has been dancing since she was two and a half years old and in this time has studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and tap. Rebecca has been teaching at Dance Northside since 2007 and was appointed Assistant Artistic Director in 2011.

 

Rebecca’s passion for teaching and education led her to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies (specialising in Early Childhood) at the University of Canberra. During this time, Rebecca discovered the value of dance and movement for young children as tools for self-expression and discovery of the world, which led her to introducing ‘Bopping with Bec’ in 2010 - a class for toddlers aged eighteen months to three and a half years. The foundation of her dance teaching philosophy is both her passion for teaching the youngest of students along with her understanding that the earliest movement experiences create strong links to success in formal education.

 

Besides teaching for Dance Northside, Rebecca has taught within the ACT primary school system and continues to work with local community groups as well as raising her young sons, Jack and Thomas.

AMY FORMAN

DANCE TEACHER

Amy has been dancing for over 20 years and has trained in ballet, character, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip-hop, African dance, and now aerial dance. She has been part of Dance Northside as a student since 2007 and as a teacher since 2012.

 

Amy is an accomplished performer and has been an integral member of the Dance Northside Performance Group since its inception in 2013. Most recently, Amy performed on Foxtel’s ‘Selling Houses Australia’ as a 1920’s dancer, as part of acrobatic group Solco Acro for the You Are Here Festival and as part of music and dance duo Flight Year with her partner Michelle Forman. Their work was selected to be performed at Dance on the Edge 2016 and they will be performing at the RAW Festival in late 2016.

 

As a dance teacher, Amy brings a balance of fun, skill and discipline to the classroom, constantly challenging her students in a mindful, kind and productive way. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Education and has worked as a Learning Support Assistant to students with special needs. In her seven years of teaching dance, Amy has worked in dance studios, pre-schools, primary schools and mixed ability classes, co-led music and dance workshops with her partner Michelle and choreographed for school productions Wakakirri and Limelight.

CHANELLE SMITH

STREET FUNK TEACHER

Chanelle has over a decade of training and performance experience in jazz, street funk, hip-hop and urban contemporary. She has extensive experience both as a choreographer and performer via Fresh Funk’s extensive performance and choreographic programs.

 

In 2014 she travelled to Los Angeles with Fresh Funk to attend classes and was lucky enough to perform in the WildBeast Choreographer’s Carnival. She intends to return in July 2016 and is committed to continuing her own professional development as a dancer and performer.

 

Dancing has taught Chanelle to never stop learning and that there is always room for growth and improvement. She uses dancing as a positive outlet both personally and professionally. She is lucky enough to feel constantly surrounded by inspiring, hard-working people and looks forward to coming to Dance Northside every week.

 

When teaching, Chanelle loves seeing her students confused faces turn into confident smiles and is honoured to witness their growth both as dancers and as individuals.

NIAMH MARTIN

DANCE TEACHER

Niamh began ballet at age 4 with Jill Glastonbury’s Ballet Academy. In 2007, when Holly took over and the school became Dance Northside, Niamh continued with ballet and gradually added more styles to her repertoire. She is now in her 12th year of ballet, 6th year of jazz and more recently has added contemporary. Niamh is in her third year as part of Dance Northside’s Performance Group, which entails all styles of dance and performance opportunities. Last year Niamh auditioned and was accepted for the 2015 Quantum Leap Chaos Project where she gained further experience with contemporary and worked with many unique choreographers. She has also done intensive programs with Dance Central, working with Richard Tanumi for jazz and hip-hop and Carly Cooper Smith for contemporary and lyrical. Niamh loves dancing and performing and her favourite style is ballet. Niamh teaches a Jazz Ballet combernation class to Dance Northsides youngest dancers,the  Intro to Contemporary class and Junior Jazz on a Thursday.

SHAYLA TARRANT

DANCE TEACHER

Shayla started dance at age three, starting in ballet and winning a scholarship in her first year of dance. At the age of five she commenced Irish Dancing, winning several awards in local Irish dance competitions. In 2009 Shayla joined Dance Northside and continued to develop her training in ballet, contemporary, jazz and funk.

 

Shayla has been a member of the Dance NorthsidePerformance Group since its inception in 2013 and has performed extensively thoughout Canberra as a result.

 

In addition to her work experience in a preschool, Shayla has undergone teacher training with Dance Northside’s Assistant Artistic Director, Rebecca Allan and dance teacher Amy Forman and loves teaching the Kids Creative Movment class on Thursdays.

KAYLEE HOWARD

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Kaylee has been dancing for eight years and has been training with Dance Northside for the last seven. She has trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz and funk. She has also studied different dance styles at college. Kaylee is a member of the Dance Northside’s Performance Group and has performed extensively throughout the ACT and travelled to Sydney to extend her training. She is also a member of the Quantum Leap Youth Dance Ensemble and has performed in two Chaos project with the company. Kaylee is currently enjoying assisting Dance Northside’s senior teaching staff with our youngest dancers.

A BIG WELCOME TO OUR NEW TEAM MEMBERS

SALLY PINDER

DANCE TEACHER

Sally has over 25 years teaching experience and has been dancing since she was four years old. Trained at her mother’s dance school in Port Moresby, Sally studied classical ballet, national character, modern, jazz and tap. Over the years she has studied and explored many forms of dance and movement including contemporary, lyrical, aerial, a smidge of hip hop, ballroom, yoga and pilates. Her classical teaching experience includes both the A.T.O.D. and RAD syllabi.

 

Sally holds a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and qualifications in sports conditioning and coaching. Following her passion for continuous learning, Sally pursues regular professional development with dance specialists such as physiotherapist Lisa Howell, and has completed various dance programs including Progressing Ballet Technique and Dance for PD.

 

Creating a safe place to encourage students to explore and understand their individual abilities and strengths is a key part of Sally’s coaching techniques. Safe dance practice, thoughtful technique development and sharing knowledge are critical aspects in all of Sally’s classes. She is at home coaching performance teams and loves to tackle the challenges of backstage management. Sally co-founded and managed a successful local dance studio in Canberra for a number of years before focussing on her business administration career. Recently, Sally has been exploring opportunities in community dance, and she is currently teaching classical classes at QL2 Dance and Canberra Dance Theatre. 

HANNAH CASKIE

DANCE TEACHER

Hannah began dancing at the age of four and has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, acrobatics, contemporary and musical theatre. Hannah has trained in New Zealand at the Penny Ward and Pat McMinn dance academies, and in Canberra at Pointe2Pointe Dancers and QL2, including performing with QL2 in “On Course” during 2013 and the major production “Reckless Valour” in 2015. 

 

More recently Hannah has been welcomed into the faculty at SOULution Yoga teaching yoga, pilates and barre under the mentorship of Bonnie Argo, Roz Penfold and Diana Haddow. Hannah holds a RYT 200hr Yoga Teaching Certificate with Yoga Alliance and is soon to complete her 300hr Yoga Teacher Certificate as well as her Matwork Certificate with Basi Pilates. 

 

 Photo Lorna Sim QL2 Dance

 

With 10 years of experience teaching dance at various schools across the ACT, Hannah hopes to extend her love for physical movement to students in the Dance Northside community.

 

JACOB BROWN

DANCE TEACHER

Jacob is a 17 year old dancer and dance teacher from Canberra and has been dancing since the age of four. Jacob specialises in tap, urban and hip hop foundation styles of hip hop dance. He is currently taking classes and teaching tap and Bboy (breakdance). He is also a member of Canberra's Talented Dance Program at Erindale College.

 

Jacob's love of choreography was discovered when he joined the choreography class at Calwell High School in 2014. As a part of this program he choreographed for the Step Into the Limelight Festival and Ausdance ACT's Youth Dance Festival. Jacob was nominated for a Canberra Arts & Theatre Award in 2016 for 'Best Dance Performance by an Individual or Ensemble. Jacob was also a choreographer and Escalate artist for the first season of Ausdance's Escalate program, creating and performing in a piece titled 'And then there were four'. He considers his major choreographic achievement to be the boys Dance Festival piece "The future of light" – performed in 2015 and during the recent Escalate season run by Ausdance ACT. When Jacob is not performing on stage himself or coaching his dancers, he can be found backstage in theatres, working in stage lighting and sound. He is also interested in media & has filmed media projects for many dance programs in the Canberra region. 

 

Jacob loves the idea of trying new and unique things in dance and choreography. He aims to bring a fun vibe to his classes but also aims to challenge himself and his students to give a sense of pride in what they have achieved.