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2019 FACULTY

  • Katharine Mantle Artistic Director

  • Elena Marcon Head of Senior School - Classical Ballet, Repertoire, Pointe, Stretch & Conditioning

  • Caris Spillane Head of Junior School - Classical Ballet, Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique

  • Nicola Wade - Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, Repertoire

  • David Mack - Contemporary, Pas de Deux, Male Technique

  • Samantha Chamberlain - Fitness, Conditioning, EBAS, Progressing Ballet Technique

  • William Halton - Male Coaching, Pas de Deux

  • Floeur Alder - Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Floor Barre

  • Victoria Maughan - Classical Ballet, Mime

  • Yilin Kong - Contemporary

  • Laura Pedro - Character Dance

  • Melissa Dougall - Anatomy Studies

KATHARINE MANTLE RAD RTS ARAD

Artistic Director

After studying all facets of dance from leading teachers at a young age, Katharine received full teaching qualifications from The Royal Academy Of Dance.

Katharine’s focus to provide the best possible training has led her to visit and attend course run by leading international teachers and training institutions.

In 2016 she attended teacher training at The Paris Opera Ballet Schools and subsequently was invited back twice more in 2017 to learn more in depth about the French training style from the school’s prestigious teachers.

Recently in 2018 she completed all 6 modules of The Royal Ballet Schools inspire teacher training course.

Students Katharine has trained have gone on to be accepted into – The Australian Ballet School, The Hamburg Ballet School, The English National Ballet School, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Balletschule Theater Basel, The New Zealand School of Dance, WAAPA and Sydney Dance Company PPY along with many more. Graduated students have also secured professional contracts with Royal Caribbean Cruises and junior company positions with Mystic Ballet Company USA.

Past and present students have attained outstanding examination, scholarship and eisteddfod results. They have also been finalist or prize winners prestigious competitions both nationally and internationally.

Katharine has a keen interest in choreography and her greatest joy is seeing her students reach their full potential.

ELENA MARCON MA(ARCH) ARAD

Head of Senior School - Classical Ballet, Repertoire, Pointe, Stretch & Conditioning

Elena began her studies age three at The Ballet School in Perth WA, under the tuition of Noelene Wilson and Adrienne Eastoe, and later under Adrienne Eastoe and Nicole Roland.

At 14 she was the winner of the Joan Stacey RAD Scholarship, the Gay Cruikshank Scholarship, the CSTD State Classical Scholarship and the RAD Advanced 1 Bursary. The following year after winning the Linley Wilson RAD Scholarship, she continued her studies under Marie Walton-Mahon in Newcastle, NSW. Later that year she received six offers from European schools, and choose to study with Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan under Anna Maria Prina and Frederic Olivieri, with partial scholarship.

She completed her studies at the school of the Hamburg Ballet under John Neumeier, were she also danced with the Hamburg Ballett. Her repertoire includes – Yondering, The Sleeping Beauty, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Bayadere, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet and The Rite of Spring.

Throughout her seven years at Katharine Mantle Performing Arts Academy, Elena has coached both full time and part time students to an elite level in classical ballet. Students have enjoyed both national and international successes, including several placements at professional schools and companies. In 2018 she travelled to Hong Kong to complete the Royal Ballet School’s teacher training course to further her expertise in elite classical training.

Elena is passionate about the physical, mental and emotional development of young dancers who aspire to a career in classical ballet.

CARIS SPILLANE RAD RTS ARAD

Head of Junior School - Classical Ballet, Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique

Caris completed her ballet training with June Stevens in Perth, Western Australia, achieving distinctions in all exams up to Advanced 2. Whilst completing her Royal Academy of Dance training she performed several seasons with the Perth City Ballet. Caris received her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Human Movement and Psychology) from The University of Western Australia in 2010.

Caris has taught ballet to students in various countries, including Australia, Belgium and the United Kingdom. In Perth, Caris taught at Academie Etoiles whilst also serving as the Specialist Ballet Teacher at Penrhos College’s Junior School. In 2012 Caris moved to Brussels, Belgium where she taught at Danz Royal Ballet School. During this time she assisted in the organization of RAD events such as the Genee Dance Challenge. Caris was also involved with the Genee in Antwerp, 2014. In 2015 Caris moved to Birmingham, United Kingdom where she commenced teaching with Point the Way Ballet School before returning to Perth in 2016.

As well as many years of high RAD exam results, Caris’ has had students accepted into the Australian Ballet School Interstate Junior Programme, Elmhurst Ballet School Associates Programme, The Birmingham Royal Ballet Associates Programme, The Royal Ballet Summer School and the Royal Academy of Dance’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies program.

NICOLA WADE

Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, Repertoire

Nicola was born in Melbourne and began her training at The Alkin's School of Ballet at the age of 5. She then attended the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School followed by the National Theatre Ballet School. Nicola completed her training with three years at The Australian Ballet School, graduating in 1997.

On graduation Nicola was offered a contract with The Queensland Ballet Company where she stayed for two years. She then accepted a contract with The West Australian Ballet Company. Nicola was a member of WAB for 4 years, performing both soloist and principal roles, before heading to the UK.

Whilst working in the UK, Nicola worked with both The Scottish Ballet Company and The English National Opera. She also taught ballet at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Since retiring from dance and returning to Australia, Nicola has taught at multiple dance schools in both Sydney and here in Perth. While in Sydney Nicola was one of the company ballet teachers for both Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre. She has most recently joined the staff at WAAPA teaching ballet classes for LINK Dance Company.

DAVID MACK

Pas De Deux, Contemporary, Male Technique

David began his training at the Victorian College of Arts in 1998 finishing his secondary school education and completing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance.

After briefly freelancing while studying, he joined West Australian Ballet in 2002 and stayed with the Company until the end of 2003. In June 2004 David joined the Rambert Dance Company in London where he spent two years performing principal and soloist roles in works by Christopher Bruce, Rafael Bonachela, Wayne McGregor, Fredrick Ashton, Kim Branstrup and Michael Clark.

In 2006 David was invited to work with Javier de Frutos at Phoenix Dance Theatre. The Company toured extensively performing at the Venice Biennale and all over the UK

In 2008 he returned to West Australian Ballet as a soloist and choreographed his first work Papillon in the 2009 Genesis season.

David joined the Sydney Dance Company in 2014.  He performed in numerous productions including Interplay (2014), 2 One Another (2014), Louder Than Words (2014), New Breed (2014 and 2015), Frame of Mind (2015), Triptych (2015) and Illuminated (2015). David was also part of Mira Calix’s Inside There Falls installation for Sydney Festival (2015).

David was recently awarded the 2015 Green Room Award for ‘Best Male Dancer’ for Quintett & Frame of Mind.

Frame of Mind has taken out multiple awards including the 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Dance Work’ and ‘Best Dance Work’, and the 2015 Green Room Award for ‘Best Duet & Ensemble Performance’.

David retired from the Sydney Dance Company in June 2016, and joined the PCCC / KMPAA faculty in 2018.

SAMANTHA CHAMBERLAIN

Fitness, Conditioning, Progressing Ballet Technique

Sam has been a fitness PT and coach for 20 years. She qualified in the UK in Group Exercise, PT and Clinical Pilates and had a successful business working in many of the high profile fitness clubs as well as alongside specialist sport physios providing exercise rehab to elite, national and international sports professionals as well as general population.

On arrival in Australia 10 years ago, Sam was immediately taken on by TAFE to lecture both Sport and Fitness and has since been involved in developing the delivery, assessment and career of many hundreds of professionals in this area. This includes training and qualifying athletes from the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers and Western Force. At the same time Sam continues to train clients and students developing a specialisation of working with dancers.

Sam has continually updated her qualifications and accreditations to provide a wide level of knowledge and experience to her students and clients. To date she has completed over 40 fitness related qualifications including Pilates studies with five different bodies, Bosu, Progressing Ballet Technique, Fitball, flexibility and stretch, EBAS, Children’s trainer, strength and conditioning, myofascial and foam rolling, small ball rolling and muscle release. Sam is currently in the process of completing a Vinyasa Yoga accreditation to add to her competencies. As well as fitness studies Sam has multiple teaching qualifications providing essential insight to providing positive learning environments, behaviour management and mental health first aid. Sam was also nominated for lecturer of the year in 2018 and one of her students won trainee of the year.

Sam’s passion is to help her students reach their full potential with minimal injury risk and longevity of career, she works closely with a range of health professionals to provide the best outcomes for each individual.

WILLIAM HALTON

Male Technique, Pas de Deux

Born in Perth, William Halton began training at 13 years of age at John Curtin College of the Arts, 5 years later he was accepted into the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts receiving a scholarship from the school to further his training.

Graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor in Arts and having worked with many prestigious names such as Nils Christe, David Mcallister, Daniel Roberts and Paulina Quinteros as well as well as performing in ballets such as Don Quixote, Swan lake, Coppelia, and Sleeping Beauty.

Will has also seasonal contracts and performed with the Australian and West Australian Ballet companies. Performing in Dracula created by Krzysztof Pastor and David Mcallister’s the Sleeping Beauty.

VICTORIA MAUGHAN

Classical Ballet, Mime

Born in the United Kingdom, Victoria was accepted into the specialist ballet program at John Curtin College of Arts. During her time at John Curtin, Victoria performed with STEPS Youth Dance Company in Noir Revolvoir. In 2005 she continued her ballet training at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), completing an advanced diploma in dance. Victoria also received the Dame Peggy van Praagh award and the Finlay award. Victoria joined West Australian Ballet in 2008 as a Young Artist and was promoted to a full artist in September 2008.

In 2013 she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts. Her career highlights include performing the role of one of the step-sisters in Jayne Smeulders’ Cinderella, the lead role in Natalie Weir’s Lacrimosa and the lead in Ivan Cavallari’s Fishy. What inspired you to start dancing? “My nanna first encouraged me to dance when I was four years old because I would always perform to her in her lounge room. She is and always will be my No. #1 fan.”

Yilin Kong

Contemporary

Yilin is a Perth based independent artist graduating from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Arts in 2011.

In 2013 she performed with Buzz Dance theatre, first performed with OCHRE Contemporary Dance Company and was awarded the West Australian Dance Award for emerging artist. Since then Yilin has continued to perform with OCHRE, with Shaun Parker and Company, the WA Opera and in theatre productions with Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Renegade Productions. Independently she has worked with multiple local and international artists, currently involved in projects with Zachary Lopez, Sally Richardson, Alice Lee Holland, Tyrone Robinson, Mitchell Harvey, Carl Sciberras and Batsheva dancers Guy Shomroni and Yaniv Abraham. A highlight of Yilin’s performance career was being was part of the first Australian cast to perform Batsheva’s Decadance.

Yilin also has a keen interest in choreographing having created multiple short works through short residencies and on the 2017 and 2015 WAAPA first year students. Alongside performing and making she is also incredibly passionate about teaching and working with youth having been teaching and sharing for the past 6 years.

LAURA PEDRO

Character Dance

Laura Pedro began her dance training at Pio-X Conservatory of Music and Dance in Jundiai - Sao Paulo, Brazil at age 5 and at 13 years old she received a prestigious scholarship to join the Halina Biernaska Ballet Classic Dance Academy in Sao Paulo, where she complete her studies in dance. She become part of the Pio-X Dance Company in Sao Paulo, during this time she has won many awards in renowned national and international festivals such as Joinville Dance Festival, Festidanca, Passo de Arte, ENDA. She has performed many roles in ballet repertory such as Dom Quixote, Le Sylphide, Coppelia, Le Corsaire, Spartacus, Harlequinade, La Esmeralda, Giselle, Black Swan, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet.

Laura is qualified as Professional Dancer by the Union of Dance Teachers from Sao Paulo State - Brazil, full member of Royal Ballet Academy, Register teacher of PBT “Progressive Ballet Technique” and EBAS “Elementary Body Alignment System” instructor, she has a wide and varied professional resume including company membership with Pio-X Dance Company, UNICIRCO Circus Company as Dancer and Choreographer, entertainer with International Hotels Magic Life Resorts in Turkey and Greece and in Perth, Kuerazo Latin Dance Productions as Choreographer/Artistic Director, guest soloist with Perth City Ballet, Dance Caption and Dancer with ICW Production on the musical “The Phantom of the Opera”. During the years in Brazil she has developed many works as a teacher and dancer in different schools and with Special Needs Children and as a volunteer dance teacher with children from Sao Paulo slum. In Australia she is currently Classical Ballet and Character Dance teacher in a variety prestigious full time ballet schools around Perth and has had a prestigious internship with TRACKSUIT Cia Dance with disabilities 2014, as well Laura is one of the teachers in Australia to training with Ms Alida Segal to develop the International Character Dance Syllabus based on the work of prestigious Igor Moiseyev Russian Assemble Company. Laura brings a wealth of international experience and she is most excited to share with Perth dance community.

MELISSA DOUGALl

Anatomy Studies

Melissa graduated from Curtin University completing her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has had an extensive background in ballet, starting her full time studies at the age of 10 in classical ballet (Vaganova method), contemporary and flamenco. During this time she completed her Certificate IV in Dance and Performance, Advanced Primer Ano (Spanish Dance Society) and was awarded at the RAD Festival – Best Artistic Interpretation.

At 16 years of age she was offered multiple scholarships throughout Europe. She decided to live and continued her classical, neo-classical and contemporary studies full-time at the Academie de Danse Princess Grace - Monte Carlo. During this time she worked with companies such as L’Opera de Monte-Carlos and Ballet Nice Mediterranean, and choreographers such as Jeroen Verbruggen.

Through Melissa’s extensive knowledge and experience gained as a dancer at an elite level, in conjunction with her studies in occupational therapy, she hopes to make a positive impact treating and helping other athletes, dancers and, sports men and women. Helping them reach their potential through injury prevention, understanding their anatomy and physiology, nutrition and general well being. Melissa is passionate in helping such athletes to achieve their goals and dreams.

FLOEUR ALDER

Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Floor Barre

Floeur Alder has an Advanced Diploma in Dance (1988) from the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and a BA in Performing Arts (2003) In between her studies, she was awarded a Creative Development Fellowship from DCA to study with several of the leading contemporary dance companies in Europe.

In 2004, Floeur attracted two grants from the Australia Council: Foot in the Door grant to work with Leigh Warren and Dancers (where she performed Like No-one is Watching by Toni Ritzi) and later Tasdance; and a Project Workspace Grant to choreograph Rare Earth on her parents, internationally famous dancers, Lucette Aldous and Alan Alder. Rare Earth won the Most Outstanding Achievement in Choreography at the 2006 WA Ausdance Awards. In 2008, Floeur received an Australia Council Skills and Development Grant to film it.

Floeur continued to perform with Tasdance for six years, working with more than twenty-five choreographers including, Tanjia Liedtke, Raewyn Hill, Natalie Weir, Graeme Murphy and Frances Rings. During her tenure she was voted Dancer to Watch by Rita Clarke and more recently Australia’s Most interesting Independent Artist in 2018 by Margaret Mercer in the Dance Australia.

In 2011, Floeur travelled to Europe on a Churchill Fellowship to study at the Paris Opera School, Royal Danish school/company, Perm Ballet Academy in Russia and the Royal Ballet School in London. On her return to Perth, she performed in Trois Generation by Jean-Claude Gallotta for the 2013 Perth International Arts Festival and became a founding member of Ochre Contemporary Dance Company.

As a dancer with Ochre, Floeur has performed in Diaphanous, Dreamtide, Pulse, Sculptures by the Sea, DNA Simply Human, Articulating Landscapes 1&2 and Kaya. As a choreographer, she has created three original works for the company: Unbreakable Spirit, Kimberley Plains and Shen.

Floeur also worked with Chrissie Parrott on her independent production Cicada (2012) and the UWA Centenary-commission LUMINOUSnight:Birds (2013)

In 2015, travel writer Stephen Scourfield invited her to collaborate on a solo work based on his book Beautiful Witness. The work premiered at Government House Ballroom, was subsequently performed at New Norcia Writers Festival and had a sell-out season at St Georges Cathedral for the 2016 FringeWorld Festival.

Floeur returned to France in 2016 to work with Robert Bestonso, ex star of the Paris Opera, to create a solo, Don’t Push, which was performed in Angouleme. This performance was filmed by WA film-maker Dawn Jackson and will feature in a documentary film, Pointe, currently in development on Floeur’s life and work.

In 2017 Floeur was the dance teacher for Aboriginal Theatre at WAAPA and performed in WA Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor. She also worked on the first development of a new solo, Beyond, by Chrissie Parrott in a residency at Donnelly River and was performed at the launch of the Nanup Flower Festival. Beyond was then performed as a part of Ochre’s 3.3 and Beyond season at Subiaco Arts Centre in 2018.                                                                                                                                                            Don’t Push was performed as a special solo performance at His Majesties Theatre which was filmed for Pointe in August 2018.  

Floeur has choreographed for numerous Strut performances as well as a work for Link (WAAPA) and Same but Different for WA Ballet’s Genesis Season. Throughout her career, she has also taught at WAAPA, Tasdance, Ochre, WA Ballet Company and numerous private full time WA Ballet Schools.