HOLLY DIGGLE

DIRECTOR


Holly holds a BA in Dance Performance (Theory and Practice), a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management  a RYT 200hr Yoga Teacher Certificate  and a 50hr Kids 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, dance teacher and children's educator. 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.

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

DANCE TEACHER

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.

TAYLOR BURGE

DANCE TEACHER

Taylor-Jayne Burge started dancing at the age of four in Thai Classical Dancing, further then developing into beginner Tap and Jazz dance classes.

 

Taylor later joined the Canberra Physical Culture Club competing in the “Grade A” team at a national level. At the age of twelve she joined Fresh Funk Studios at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre - directed by Caroline Wall, focusing more strongly in styles of hip- hip and urban dance. Taylor currently participates in multiple classes a week at Fresh Funk, all of advanced level as well as being an active member of their competitive crews, recently placing first in Australia at the Australian Dance Crew Championship Nationals in Melbourne.

 

In 2016 Taylor was also successful in her audition to be a member of Canberra’s “Team Rockit Company” and under the direction of Jack Keogh and Eamon Cross, Taylor further deepened her training in hip-hop styles and choreography building. Taylor is also a member of the Talented Dance Program at Erindale College, which is where she found her love for choreography and teaching.

 

In her classes, Taylor’s main goal is to have a positive and fun vibe and build on her students confidence to help them grow as performers.

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE

DANCE TEACHER

Caitlin has loved to dance since she was very young. She was first introduced to dancing at the age of three, starting out in ballet. At age four she took up Irish Dance, and trained competitively in the style for nine years, representing the Liz Gregory Academy at state, national and international level. Caitlin was ACT State Champion for four years running, from 2009 to 2012. She consistently placed in the top twenty nationally, with her best result being 9th place in 2011. In 2013, Caitlin travelled to California to compete in the North American National Championships, open to dancers from across the globe, where she placed 38th.

 

Caitlin met Holly in 2012, through the primary school story dance competition known as Wakkakirri. Since then, Caitlin has taken five years of contemporary classes and two years of jazz classes at Dance Northside. She has also been part of the Dance Northside Performance Group since 2016, allowing her to gain experience in other styles of dance and perform extensively across Canberra. Caitlin joined the staff in 2017, as an assistant teacher in the Kids Creative Movement classes, and is thrilled to be part of the teaching team again in 2018. She gains so much happiness from dance, and aims to inspire the same joy in young dancers.