In September 2004, after 25 years of teaching Classical Ballet in the Macarthur area, Ms Simms realised the area needed a Dance school specialising in Classical Ballet, providing strong Classical Ballet techniques, musicality and artistry in a caring and nurturing environment.
The Macarthur Ballet Studio opened and within a year also started offering National Character, Jazz and Lyrical classes.
In 2012 the studio relocated to Smeaton Grange and commenced teaching Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop, changing its name to " The Macarthur Ballet and Dance Studio" to reflect all the expanding genres now being offered.
Also In 2012 Ms Simms travelled to London to celebrate the graduation performance of
“The Royal Ballet School” then to New Zealand to see a student perform in the Semi Finals of
“The Genee International Ballet Competition”
Ms Simms' students receive excellent examination achievements with The Royal Academy of Dance for both Graded and Vocational levels, Ms Simms's students have received places at 'The Australian Ballet School" and 'The Royal Ballet School" in London.
This year Ms Simms celebrates her 40th year of teaching Classical Ballet to the young dancers of Macarthur and it is the 15th anniversary of the Studio.
The Macarthur Ballet and Dance Studio prides itself on providing the best technical training in the Macarthur Area
A former professional ballerina Skye began her dance training at the Sharon Hardy School of Dance in Campbelltown at 3.5 years of age. By age 11, her National Character teacher Rita Dubovsky transferred Skye to begin her training with The Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in St Leonards. At age 14 she began her professional training as a full time student under Tanya Pearson, which led her to audition for overseas schools in Europe by 15. Skye accepted a place with the Ballettschule of the Hamburg Ballet, John Neumeier and commenced her training in Hamburg, Germany at age 16.
Touring with the company to Japan and successfully being involved with the company's productions of Swan Lake and La Bayadere the following year she was offered a full contract with the Hamburg Ballet Company.
Skye performed in over 50 different productions in the Corps De Ballet as well as some Soloist roles with the company including traditional classical productions, neo-classical pieces and contemporary works. She has travelled all over the world with the Hamburg Ballet performing in Theatres and Opera Houses in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Athens, Barcelona, Baden Baden and Vienna just to mention a few.
At 22 years of age and after 6 years of professional dancing Skye returned home to pursue a career in teaching dance. Since then she has been sort out to teach in various prestigious schools throughout Sydney and specializes in Classical Ballet technique, Stretch and Strengthening, National Character, Neo-Classical and Choreography. Many students who have trained with Skye have gone on to train or dance professionally in Australia and overseas.
Skye has been teaching at The Macarthur Ballet and Dance Studio for 10 years and enjoys passing on her knowledge and love of dance to the students in the Macarthur region.
The Studio is delighted to offer students the opportunity to learn from such a Beautiful Ballerina.
Julie Wells trained and performed with the Australian Ballet School and Company,before moving to Sydney to teach for Lorraine Norton, one of Australia’s leading teachers and a Royal Academy of Dance Examiner. Julie benefited from working with this teacher whose artistic qualities, passionate love of dance and communication skills laid the foundation for the careers of several of Australia’s leading dancers, dance administrators and choreographers.
Julie was founder and principal of her own studio, one of Sydney’s most comprehensive schools of dance, offering an extensive syllabus grounded in classical ballet and extending to many other forms of dance taught by leading specialist teachers. Her students, many of whom are working professionally in Australia, Europe, UK and USA, participated in the studio’s annual performances at the Sydney Opera House.
In 1996, Julie took the opportunity to move on and pursue freelance teaching, both in Australia and abroad. This change of direction has allowed her to encounter and absorb new fields of classical dance, giving her broader perspectives and comprehension of differing international styles and techniques in training and performance.
She is a Tutor with the Royal Academy of Dance and specialises in the training and coaching of students undertaking Royal Academy of Dance Vocational Graded examinations including Solo Seal.
Her continuing international involvement includes preparation of pre-professional students prior to auditions for overseas and local finishing schools and company placement. She is experienced in preparing students through private coaching for events including City of Sydney Eisteddfod, Alana Haines Awards, Prix de Lausanne, Genée International Ballet Competition and Youth America Grand Prix. Her Sydney-based work has been predominantly with The McDonald College, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, The Dance Spot, Newcastle Ballet Theatre and Kim Harvey School of Dance. She also works interstate and in New Zealand with seminars, holiday schools and coaching.
Allison is an accomplished Dance Teacher in Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern, and has enjoyed teaching in the southern Highlands, Macarthur and Liverpool areas over the past 30 years. Miss Allison holds the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) teaching certificate in classical Ballet and FATD (Federal Association of Dance Teachers Association) teaching certificates in Tap and Jazz. Over many years, Miss Allison taught at APA Macarthur alongside Mr Brett Morgan, Former Artistic Director of the Sydney Dance Company, guiding students through RAD Graded and Vocational Graded Ballet Exam classes, Pointe classes, Tap, Jazz and Modern classes, Troupes and solo’s.
In 1992, with demand for an RAD Ballet school in the Wollondilly area, Miss Allison opened a Dance School at Picton, which ran successfully for 5 years.
Over the last 3 years Allison sent 103 students for RAD graded ballet exams from Primary through to grade 8 and 47 Vocational Graded students from Intermediate Foundation through to Advanced levels.
Allison is committed to passing on her love of dance and ensuring she provides the best training for her students by completing continuing professional development courses;
- April 2010, RAD Grade 6,7,8, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation comprehensiveTeachers courses.
- April 2010 First Aid course.
- October 2010 My Pointe Workshop, with Vicki Attard, former Australian Balletsoloist.
- January 2011 RAD New Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate Syllabi Teacherscourses.
- January 2012 RAD New Grades 1-3 Syllabi Teachers courses.
- August 2012 Mrs Marie Walton Mahon – Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced 2.
Past students have gone on to further study at The Academy Ballet in Alexandria, National College of Dance in Newcastle, Australian Ballet Junior School programme in Melbourne, Ev & Bow in Sydney, WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts), Tanya Pearson Full Time, Conlon college and ED5 International.
Lindsay was born and raised in Zimbabwe and then moved to London in 1985 and trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London. Returning home to dance with the National Ballet of Zimbabwe, she ran her own school for 10 years, before immigrating to Australia. She also choreographed and produced full-length ballets for the National Ballet of Zimbabwe.
She holds a Dipoloma and Licentiate from the RAD, as well as a Masters Degree in Dance Teaching from QUT. Becoming an RAD Examiner in 1999, Lindsay travels extensively both nationally and internationally, examining and teaching.
Mitchell began dancing at the tender age of 6 taking classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Modern.
After graduating from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in 2004, Mitchell embarked on an international/national career in commercial dance; performing in Europe, South America and USA which included contracts with Royal Carribean Cruises, appearing in CBS "Americas Next Top Model" along side Tyra Banks, The Australian Club Entertainment Awards and MO Awards.
In 2009, he was awarded a full scholarship with Ajkun Ballet Theatre in New York as a company trainee. Mitchell was given the opportunity to perform as a featured artist, performing all over New York at Alvin Ailely American Dance Theatre, New York City Centre and Riverfront Recapture in Hartford, this then lead to a position with Connecticut Ballet Company, USA.
Mitchell was contracted with MOD Dance Company in 2011 for their first national tour of Graeme Murphy's "Suite Synergy" as a featured artist. In the same year he took part in a secondment with the Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide. Sydney season 2012 of Aida with Opera Australia choreographed by Graeme Murphy.
He completed the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance professional dancers teaching Diploma in London, UK 2014 with a distinction.
In 2015 Mitchell founded Limitless Dance Company, a creative contemporary dance company based in Sydney, Australia.
In between the various dance contracts, Mitchell would always come back to pass on his knowledge and love of dance to students at numerous dance studios. This made him realise that he enjoys the challenge of teaching.
Sian began dancing at age 4 in QLD studying Royal Academy of Dance Ballet , CSTD Tap, Jazz and Theatrical genres. In 2010 Sian and her family moved to Sydney where she began dance training under the guidance of Mrs Joanne Simms and the Macarthur Ballet , taking classes in RAD Ballet, Character, Jazz, Modern and Contemporary. Sian completed her RAD Grades and Vocational levels to Advanced 2, gaining a Distinction for each exam.
Sian has danced in many eisteddfods both as a long-time troupe member and soloist across all genres. Sian began full-time dance training in 2016 with The Macarthur Ballet and Dance Studio's Elite Student Program whilst continuing her academic studies through Sydney Distance Education. Throughout the last 3 years, Sian has assisted teaching in many Ballet Classes with Ms. Simms, where she gratefully gained teaching knowledge to begin passing on her love of Ballet to young students.
At the end of 2016, Sian was a Semi Finalist in the International RAD Geneé Ballet Competition, held in Sydney and in that same year, also successfully auditioned with both The Victorian State Ballet Company and Melbourne City Ballet.
In 2017, Sian moved to Melbourne to take up her place in the Victorian State Ballet's Pre Professional program. She danced in a number of the Company productions throughout Victoria and in Adelaide. She gained knowledge of the Company's full repertoires of Gabriel, The Magic Toy Shop , Snow White and Cinderella. Sian was also part of the Victorian State Ballet's Australian Premiere of Le Corsaire .
After returning home Sian successfully completed a certification in Progressing Ballet Technique and has been regularly teaching Ballet for The Macathur Ballet and Dance Studio.
Natalie has been dancing since the age of two and a half years olds. Her passion for dance led her to completing all exams in the Ballet Australasia Syllabus (BAL) in the styles of Tap, Jazz and Classical. She has performed at many eisteddfods, talent quest concerts and shows.
Natalie has been teaching for the past 12 years in the Macarthur Area. Her teaching repertoire has included Classical, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Stretch and Zumba. She has been a member of the BAL for the past 12 years and has put many children through their BAL exams. Natalie has also taught dance classes for the disabled and school dance for the Macarthur Anglican High School and Hurlstone Agricultural High School.
Melanie Noble has 30 years experience in the Performing Arts and has been performing since the age of 9 in stage performances, television and Film. A singer, dancer and actor, Melanies credits include Australia's Wonderland, Norwegian Star Cruise Lines for Grayboy Entertainment, Kaos Comedy Restaurant, Special MO Award Appearance, Magic Days Performance in Disneyland, International Soccer & Olympic Torch Relay Ceremonies and World Cup Soccer.
Melanie is a listed accredited Singing teacher with Music Teachers Association of NSW (MTA), the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) and successfully teaches the Australian Musicians Examination Board (AMEB) Contemporary Singing Exam syllabus.
She is a registered member of Federal Association of the Teachers of Dancing (FATD/ADA&MBaL) in Jazz, Tap and Hiphop syllabi. Melanie is in great demand as an adjudicator and is a regular judge at the National Dance Championships since 2001.
Many of Melanie's students have been part of various professional productions including Oliver, South Pacific, Wizard of Oz, Lion King and Opera Australia's Carmen, Turandot, A Mid Summers nights Dream, Carmina Burana, Billy Budd, Magic Flute, Billy Elliott, Miss Saigon, Wicked, Opera Australia's Tosca, Hi-5 , Book of Mormon, Princess Cruises & Opera Australia's South Pacific.
Musical Theatre at Macarthur Ballet and Dance Studio is available for Students 7 years. The program incorporates the Triple Threat components:
DANCE SINGING ACTING As well as Audition Skills and Technique .
Miss Mel has coached many students into major roles in Professional Musicals since 2001 incluiding Oliver, South Pacific, Lion King, Miss Saigon, Wicked, South Pacific, Magic Flute, Carmina Burana, Carmen, Billy Elliot, Hot Shoe Shuffle and Boy from Oz - see bio Mitch - for more
Our Musical Theatre programs develops young passionate performers who are well versed in all elements above.
This class works to develop student skills as a "Triple Threat" and cover work from different Musical Theatre Genres/Styles such as Lion King, Matilda, School of Rock, Waitress, Sponge Bob, Frozen, Legally Blonde, Annie, Hairspray, Mary Poppins, Wicked, Fosse, Chicago, Les Miserables as well as Pop Musical content from TV and Film to build versatile singer/dancer/ actors .
Melanie Noble - Murray
Jervis Livelo is a performer/choreographer who graduated from ED5 International in 2017, receiving his Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts under the guidance of William A Forsythe. Jervis began his journey within the Hip Hop scene as a self taught dancer and began Hip Hop training in 2014.
Since then he has trained with some of Australia’s best Hip Hop crews and has found immense success in both national and international Hip Hop Competitions such as Hip Hop International (AUS & San Diego), Australian Hip Hop Championship, Australian Dance Crew Championship and World Supremacy Battlegrounds.
During his training at ED5 International, Jervis was introduced to a whole new world of dance styles and through his newly found love for these styles, has incorporated and developed his own unique style. Jervis continues to push past his boundaries and aims to connect the two worlds.
Jervis’ performance credits include; “Magic Mike XXL” HOYTS Premier, back up dancing Yuki Ito from The Voice in his Australian Tour, Hip Hop International, Karie Eden’s Music Video “Loneliness”, dancing alongside Australian Musical Theatre stars Bobby Fox and Chloe Dallimore in “Puttin On The Ritz” at the 2016 Premiers Gala Concert . Playing “Ego” in The Blackguard’s inaugural show “Passion May Yet Be Fatal” as a cast/company member, Twin Pecks Cabaret, Carols in The Domain ‘Disney Section’ dancing alongside Paulini and Arnotts Gala Ball. Jervis’ choreography credits include opening numbers for Gary Valenciano and Yuki Ito in their Australian live tours, “Game Time” music video by Huntsman, Cancer Council’s Australia’s biggest afternoon tea, Arnotts Gala Ball 2017, co-choreographer with William Forsythe for the Thunderettes during the Sydney Thunder's 20/20 Cricket 2017 season. Most recently, Jervis performed at “Sissy Ball” by Red Bull Music, The Voice Australia, Channel 7's new show "Dance Boss", choreographed and performed for International Artists Morisette Amon and Darren Espanto in their 2018 Australian Tour.
Keira is a registered teacher of Ballet Australasia Ltd and National Dancing Association Syllabus in Tap. She has undertaken AMEB Classical Singing & Musicianship and is a Member of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing. Her technical achievements include advanced studies in Jazz, Tap, Vocal (Contemporary & Classical) and Musicianship.
Keira is a registered Clinical Psychologist. She has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and Masters of Psychology. She is also a member of the Society of Performing Arts Healthcare.
Keira is the Author of “Psychology in Dance” and Teacher Psychology Examination papers for the Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing.
Keira and sister Melanie were owners of The Kidz In The Biz Studio at Castle Hill for more than a decade in which time they provided many successful opportunities to their students beneficial to their advancement in the Entertainment Industry.
A few of Keira’s Singer/Dancer credits include performances at Disneyland, Aqua Shell Opening with Bobby Limb, Christmas at Darling Harbour, Opening of Fox Studios, NRL Grand Finals, MO Award appearance, Mardi Gras & Closing Ceremony of Olympic Games with Kylie Minogue segment.
Performances at some Corporate events include Schwarzkopf, Herbalife, Virgin Blue, Australian Horticulture Breakfast and French World Cup Soccer Celebrations. She has worked with entertainers Hugh Jackman, Thelma Houston, Vanessa Amorisi, Nikki Webster, Rebecca Cartwright, David Campbell and Jimmy Barnes.
In addition to her contribution to the Performing Arts, Keira is a practicing Clinical Psychologist and currently runs her own successful Psychology Practice.