Ali’s choreography is well renowned and has won numerous prizes at the Southern Tasmanian Dancing Eisteddfods. Although she adored her teaching job, Ali’s lifelong dream has been to become the Owner and Director of Hobart Dance Academy. In 2015, Ali last, fulfilled this dream. Her love for dance and for her students is immense and she is delighted to be taking on the role of Director of Hobart Dance Academy.
During his time with the Perth City Ballet Company he was appointed Ballet Master for the Company. Under the tutorage of Dianna Waldron, he was also able to complete his R.A.D major exams through to and including his Solo Seal. Ken then moved to The Tasmanian Ballet Company to work with Kenneth Gillespie, as Principal Male and Ballet Master, eventually becoming Artistic Director of the Company.
Throughout his performing career, Ken has danced the lead roles in major ballets such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker Suite, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty as well as most of the other major classics. On retirement, he moved to Hobart and began teaching with Carolyn Stephens; the founder of Hobart Dance Academy.
Mariel was also guided and influenced by her singing teacher of many years Sharon Prero, along with Ken McSwain and Fiona Szczerbanik who trained her in Classical Ballet. Over the last 8 years Mariel has choreographed a number of award winning dance routines for competition work and has managed to do so whilst completing an Arts/Law Degree at the University of Tasmania.
More recently Mariel joined the teaching faculty of HDA in 2013 where she has introduced Tap dancing to the range of styles taught at the Academy.
Lyrical Dance Teacher
A perfectionist and a dreamer, she is always creating and loves to nurture creativity in the students she works with. Tennille spends her days choreographing routines and has won a couple of prizes for that. Her favourite words are “one more time”.
Her professional career began as a child in Western Australia where, for the ABC, she acted in scores of TV and radio productions.
Throughout her adult life, Sara has consistently used her skills and training to gain employment in the fields of theatre, film, advertising, the arts, training, health and education. She has twice been invited to adjudicate the Clarence City Drama Eisteddfod and regularly works as a consultant in the Screen Industry to assist with the casting and direction of child actors.
Ashley first began dancing with Hobart Dance Academy at the age of 11 to further knowledge and training in classical ballet, and has now moved to HDA full time for both dancing and joining the teaching staff.
She has also been involved in competition work, winning scholarships and awards for solos in all styles throughout the years. “I am very passionate about what I do, and am so happy that I get to play such a special role in the HDA family where I myself have had constant support and guidance which has made me the dancer I am today.”
“My time at HDA has been extremely special. Not only do we learn to dance, but also we build wonderful friendships and learn valuable lessons. In 2012 I was honoured to be named the Dux of HDA. I am really looking forward to continuing my time at HDA, not only as a student, but as a teacher too. I think it is very exciting and it will be wonderful to be a part of other dancers’ journeys with the Hobart Dance Academy.”
As a Highland dancer, Acacia has successfully completed 11 NDA dance exams, each with a 90% result or higher.
Acacia is not only a dancer – she has performed in musicals including ‘RENT’ and ‘Witches of Eastwick’, numerous contemporary and modern plays including ‘Away’, and a pantomime consisting of 45 shows, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.
Acacia has been wonderfully dedicated to Hobart Dance Academy for the duration of her time here and is so excited to be introduced as a teacher, and for a fresh new approach to our beloved academy.