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 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.
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 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 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.
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.