Although dancing is fun, it’s physical demands emphasise the importance of tuition by a professional, qualified teacher. Meet Annette Roselli Dance Academy's dedicated teaching staff.
ARDA Teaching Faculty
Ms Annette began her ballet training in New Zealand and continued it at the New Zealand School of Dance and the Royal Ballet School, London, studying under teachers such as Maryon Lane, Julia Farron, Lynn Wallis & Ronald Emblem. Her first professional job was with “Northern Ballet Company” based in Manchester, England. She danced for 4 years with Northern and worked with teachers Alicia Markova, Eileen Ward and Robert Mead amongst others. She danced at many theatres including The Sadlers Wells Theatre in London and toured throughout Great Britain, Hong Kong and Italy.
Ms Annette joined the National Ballet of Israel for 2 years, touring throughout the country. She moved to South Africa in 1986 and joined NAPAC Ballet Company where she danced soloist and principal roles. Principal roles included Poll in “Pineapple Poll”, the lead in “La Valse” and “Transfigured Night” and soloist roles in “Romeo and Juliet”, “Coppelia” and “Giselle” among others. She performed the “Le Corsaire” pas de deux and solos with Vincent Hantam, a guest artist from Scottish Ballet and worked with choreographers such as Andre Prokovsky, Jack Carter, Ashley Killar, Veronica Paeper and Patricia Neary from New York City Ballet. A foot injury forced her to retire from dancing and she began teaching. She then qualified as an aerobics instructor as well as a Royal Academy of Dance teacher. Ms Annette ran and owned 2 ballet studios in South Africa over the next 4 years.
After immigrating to Sydney in 1994, she began teaching ballet at various schools and pre-schools. Within a year she had built up a register of over 200 pupils. She moved to Melbourne in 1996 where she continued teaching and also dancing herself. The family moved to Brisbane in September 1999 and she set up the studio at Moreton Bay College in May 2000.
Annette is the Owner and Director of the Annette Roselli Dance Academy (ARDA). The studio has been successfully operating in Brisbane’s bayside for 17 years and is now newly located, with three brand new studios, in Tingalpa, near Moreton Bay Girls College. Annette is also an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance and examines students throughout Australia and internationally.
Ballet (Elite Training Program)
Jane was born in Zimbabwe and was accepted into The Royal Ballet School in 1972.
In 1973 she won the Adeline Genée Gold Medal and in 1974 was offered a place in The Royal Ballet Company, Covent Garden. Whilst there, she worked with some of the great choreographers of the time including, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Peter Wright and Glen Tetley. In 1981 she joined English National Ballet where she danced many leading roles including Odile (Swan Lake), Zebiode (Scheherazade), Red lady (Sanguine Fan) etc.
Following her dance career, Jane spent a period of time as the Personal Assistant to the Director of the Royal Academy of Dancing at the Headquarters in London and was also the Administrator to the Professional Dancers Teachers Course.
Royal Society of Arts/Sports Council Course Director - Jane later went on to direct her own fitness company in the UK that encompassed Teacher Training Courses, a Health and Fitness Programme of Tuition, Seminars and Workshops of continuing education for Fitness Professionals and a Fitness Professionals Recruitment Agency. In 1994 De Vene Fitness Associates was named as one of the leading 10 Teacher Training organisations in the country. Added to this she was also a Royal Society of Arts Examiner, Freelance Fitness Writer and Freelance Fitness Lecturer and Presenter and was a leader in the fitness industry for 15 years. In 2001 Jane qualified as a Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Instructor.
Jane returned to the Royal Ballet School as the Public Relations Officer in 1996 and was responsible for the marketing and media representation of the School. Due to her vast knowledge and experience gained within the fitness industry, she was responsible for the introduction and implementation of the first cardio vascular fitness training program for young dancers at the Royal Ballet School.
Coupled with her knowledge of performance at its highest level and the anatomical and physiological aspects that underpin the physicality of ballet, Jane works towards guiding dancers on an educated, responsible and self empowered journey of their own careers.
Ballet (Elite Training Program)
Wim was born in Antwerp in 1961, and began his ballet studies in his native town, Antwerp, Belgium, at the age of 10.
He enjoyed a long and successful career with four international ballet companies, most notably the Dutch National Ballet, where he rose to Principal Dancer and, eventually, became Assistant Artistic Director. During his extensive career, he performed major leading roles of the classical repertoire and could be seen in contemporary repertoire works by many renowned choreographers. Internationally he regularly appeared as a guest artist.
In 2002, Wim was appointed Director of the Dance Department of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He taught at international ballet schools, staged classical ballet repertoire and assisted with the staging of ballets by several contemporary choreographers.
In 2008, while still directing the Dance Department, he assumed the position of Artistic President of the Prix de Lausanne. On several occasions, he has served as a jury member for International ballet competitions as well as on adjudication panels for exams and / or auditions.
Since 2012, Wim has focusing back on the core of ballet and has become a freelance ballet teacher, coach and advisor. He is known and respected throughout the dance community for his commitment to healthy and responsible training of young ballet dancers, and his determination to promote ballet and ensure its recognition as a profession.
He also is the author of the book "Preparing for Ballet Auditions".
Ballet (Elite Training Program)
Born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Karen studied ballet at the Valerie Hansen Academy of Dancing from the age of four for twelve years, achieving Honours in all her Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams as well as gaining her Solo Seal.
In 1978 she started two years of training at the Royal Ballet School in London winning the Bronze Medal in the Adeline Genee Competition that year. In her Graduation Performance at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden the following year, she danced one of the three lead roles (Gypsy Girl) in Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons and also performed a Pas de Deux from Bournonville’s Flower Festival at Genzano.
In 1980 she was accepted into Sadlers’ Wells Royal Ballet (SWRB) – now Birmingham Royal Ballet – under the direction of Sir Peter Wright, making her way up through the ranks of the Company and being promoted to Principal Dancer in 1987.
Over the eleven years with the Company, she performed a varied repertoire not only in London but also throughout the United Kingdom and in many countries around the world. Some of her many roles included Aurora (Sleeping Beauty); Odette/Odile (Swan Lake); Lise (La Fille Mal Gardee); Swanhilda (Coppelia); Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker); the title roles in Giselle and Pineapple Poll; Gypsy Girl (The Two Pigeons) and leading ballerina in both Paquita and Theme & Variations.
After eleven years with SWRB, Karen made the difficult decision to leave the Company and pursue other avenues such as working at the Royal Ballet School for three years while having a family; training and gaining several qualifications and a National Vocational Qualification as a Fitness Instructor where she taught in adult education in the UK for eleven years. She also taught ballet classes including solo and repertoire work.
After 31 years of living in London, she returned to Australia with her family in August 2009. In September 2010, she was one of the judges for the RAD Jacqueline Morland Awards in Brisbane, and in July 2011, one of the judges for the MacDonald Scholarship Awards in Sydney. Karen is very much enjoying the chance to pass on to a younger generation the wealth of knowledge she gained from many years of performances.
Helen Brennen trained in Sydney and went on to become a professional ballet dancer overseas. Helen danced principal and soloist roles with several classical companies in London and Germany and went on to teach ballet to children across the UK, before returning to Australia. Helen has since taught at various well known dance schools throughout Sydney. Her teaching includes exam work to juniors and seniors, coaching and choreographing solos and group work for eisteddfods and a variety of other classes. Helen brings with her a wealth of professional experience to children of all ages, across all levels.
Ballet and Character
Patricia Meenan Ramsden received the first Advanced Royal Academy of Dance certificate in Dunedin, New Zealand. She was the first successful candidate to pass the exam in 16 years. Following that she received her A.R.A.D. from London.
Patricia spent many years teaching the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Dance in New Zealand and Australia. She opened "The Meenan Dance Centre" in Dunedin and Balclutha and also took over the Otago Dance Centre as well as directing and teaching for the "Dance Factory" in Christchurch and Sydney. Many former students have joined the New Zealand Ballet and Southern Ballet Companies with other talented dancers joining ballet and modern dance companies overseas.
Patricia spent 15 years in Los Angeles where she taught one on one technique classes and exercise for teenagers and adults. Patricia and her family moved to the Gold Coast in 2003.
Ballet (Elite Training Course Administrator)
Katrina George began her training at the Queensland Ballet School in Brisbane and completed her Advanced RAD. She was then accepted into the Australian Ballet School and studied under renowned teachers such as Kelvin Coe, Timothy Gordon, Leigh Rowles and Lucinda Sharp. After graduation, Katrina was accepted into the Queensland Ballet under the Artistic Direction of Harold Collins. During her time in the company Katrina performed and toured in various productions and worked with local choreographers including Natalie Weir and Gideon Obersanek.
Since her early retirement from ballet due to surgery, Katrina studied Arts Management and Communications at University and has been working in the Arts and Entertainment industry in roles such as producer at South Bank Corporation and Project Officer with Ausdance Queensland. Having also practiced yoga for 12 years, Katrina qualified as a Purna yoga teacher and Radiant Child Yoga Teacher in 2008 and has been teaching adult and children's yoga since.
Katrina is one of ARDA’s ballet teachers as well as the Course Administrator for the Elite Training Programs. She also takes the Progressing Ballet Technique Classes for the Junior Program.
Ballet and Contemporary (Elite Training Program)
Brisbane born Tracey Carrodus trained with the Queensland Ballet School and received an Associate Diploma in Dance from the Queensland University of Technology. She spent six years dancing with Brisbane-based Expressions Dance Company before joining Sydney Dance Company in 1996 where she was Principal for nearly 14 years. Tracey has performed extensively throughout the world during her 20 year career. Since retiring at the end of 2007 Tracey now mentors a new generation of professional and pre-professional dancers throughout Australia as well as re-staging Graeme Murphy works. Her greatest achievement is being a Mum to her daughter and son.
Ballet (Elite Training Program)
Claudia Dean is a former dancer of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2010 - one of only 6 Australian dancers to achieve this honour. She retired at the end of the 2014 Season.
Claudia Dean provides a unique opportunity to be coached and trained by a former professional ballet dancer; offering a first-hand experience at an elite level that includes every aspect of training and education from beginners through to aspiring professionals.
Matthew was born in New Zealand. He trained at The Australian Ballet School.
After graduating, Matthew joined The Australian Ballet, where his repertory included the leading roles in Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardée, Coppélia, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty and works by many modern choreographic luminaries.
Matthew joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2008 as Principal Dancer. He joined Queensland Ballet as a Principal Dancer in January 2013 and retired from dancing in December 2014.
Ballet (Elite Training Program)
Nathan was born in Sydney. He studied at various schools in Sydney before accepting a place at The Australian Ballet School in 2002. He graduated in 2004 with an Advanced Diploma of Dance and took up his first professional contract with Queensland Ballet in 2005.
Nathan was promoted to Soloist in October 2007. Repertoire highlights include; Principal and Soloist roles under the direction Francois Klaus’s and Li Cunxin including The Little Mermaid, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Carmen, Othello and Romeo & Juliet; featured roles in contemporary ballets by Nils Christe, Stephan Thoss and Gareth Belling; and lead roles in Natalie Weir’s Orpheus (title role), Wuthering Heights (Heathcliffe), Petrushka (The Moor) and Ma Congs Ershter Vals (Lead Male).
Breaking freelance in 2015, Nathan is passing on his knowledge as a professional dancer to the younger generation, teaching and coaching at various schools. He is also training to become a registered Personal trainer and dancing in the independent scene in Brisbane.
Maria Roselli ARAD – RAD RTS Dip PTD (UCT)
Born in New Zealand, Maria moved to London in 1982 to attend The Royal Ballet School. A Silver Medalist in the esteemed R.A.D. competition Adeline Genee in 1984, Maria was offered a contract with The Royal Ballet Company where she had opportunities to work with such acclaimed choreographers as Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Peter Wright and David Binkley.
In 1990 Maria joined National Ballet of Canada before moving to South Africa in 1992 to dance with Napac Dance Company and Cape Town City Ballet.
Maria has danced soloist & Principal roles including Swanhilda (Coppelia) Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker) and Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty).
On retiring from stage Maria completed her R.A.D. Professional Dancer Teaching Diploma and has since owned her own dance studio and taught at the University of Cape Town, entering students in for R.A.D. examinations as well as many eisteddfods.
In 2016 Maria moved to Brisbane with her family and continues her love of teaching dance. Maria looks forward to working with our students and passing on her expertise.
Summer was born in Queensland, studying dance from a young age in the RAD and ATOD syllabi. Reaching a very high level in ballet, jazz and tap, she then took her studies further graduating successfully from both the Queensland Dance School of Excellence and Australian Dance Performance Institute. Summer has since pursued a career as a dance trainer, a choreographer and a performer. She has been involved in Musicals, Films clips, Stage Productions, Corporate Events, Eisteddfods and annually enters students in RAD examinations.
Tap and Musical Theatre
Trudi has taught dance in Dance studios and High Schools for over 11 years and her credentials include- Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching Secondary Schools (majoring in Music-Voice) and Diploma of Teaching in Tap Dancing with the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance. She has taught Music and Dance in High Schools. Trudi has choreographed, directed and produced school musicals, and has produced school music and dance concerts. Trudi has been on the Secondary Schools Dance exam panel. She also taught Tap at dance schools and has put students through tap exams. In her youth she won numerous tap championships. Trudi understands the commitment and dedication required to teach. Trudi has had experience with several different tap syllabuses. She believes that Christine Denny’s Tapatak Oz syllabus is modern, innovative and challenging.
Chloe Jane Hambelton
Chloe will be taking our Junior and Senior Contemporary Classes on Saturday afternoons. Chloe is a independent contemporary performer and dance teacher. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance (QUT) as well as an Advanced Diploma of Art (Classical and Contemporary). She has choreographed and performed at QL2's (Canberra) On Course, Anywhere Theatre Festival, Beijing Dance Festival and as a supporting cast member in Expressions Dance Company's Red Shoes, along with freelance dance teaching in studios around Brisbane.
Chloe has a special interest in the emotional link between movement and music and is looking forward to working with and inspiring our ARDA students in contemporary dance.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Karyn began her early training in IDTA and RAD ballet and later trained in modern Jazz and Contemporary. Karyn was an active dance student and performed in various theatre and dance productions throughout New Zealand including an extra with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
In 1997 Karyn was awarded the New Zealand Scholarship Award for ballet. She was the youngest recipient to be awarded this honour.
Upon completion of her final Advanced 2 exam which she passed with honours, Karyn decided to expand her passion for dance into teaching.
Along with her dance teaching, Karyn also works in the area of children's services. Karyn has a great passion for children and enjoys watching them grow and express themselves through dance and music.
Jasmin holds a Certificate III in Children’s Services and her passion for working with young people makes her an exceptional teacher.
She has been dancing for 16 years and teaching for 6 years in a wide range of styles including jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, contemporary and ballet. Jasmin has danced and trained at three highly prestigious dance schools in the US; the Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, and The Edge Performing Arts Centre and has been trained by a number of world renowned choreographers including Dave Scott, Super Dave, Sonja Tehez, Tucker Barkley and Sho-Tyme.
Jasmin competed at the 2008 World Hip Hop Championships in Russia with Quick Drop Crew. Since then she has been in a number of Hip Hop groups including Malicious Dance Crew and Masquerade Dance Crew in Rumble and Remix dance competitions. She enjoys passing on her experience and passion for dancing to children of all ages. Jasmin welcomes students of all ages and experience to join her on a journey at Annette Roselli Dance Academy as she has seen first hand the value of dance and performance.
“Dancing is like dreaming with your feet”.
With a strong background in gymnastics, circus and martial arts, Dominick has consolidated his knowledge and experience to become a very accomplished coach. He specialises in delivering acrobatics and conditioning programs to both children and adults. Dominick has trained to a high level in competitive Gymnastics at a younger age and is now focusing his training in circus arts. He has trained and competed both interstate and overseas.
Dominick has been working as a gymnastics/acrobatics coach for over 7 years. He first started coaching level 5 & 6 gymnastics, to then begin teaching adult gymnastics classes, where he became a head coach and ran his own acrobatics club. He also has worked as a personal trainer for a number of years, helping clients reach their fitness goals. In recent years he has run tumbling programs for many dance and cheer schools throughout Brisbane. He has ample competence and qualifications, attaining his Cert IV in Personal Training and Level 1 Men’s Artistic Gymnastics on top of his knowledge derived from the vast and perpetuating exposure to the industry.
Dominick approaches his coaching very systematically, ensuring strict technique and enforces proper skill progressions. He is capable of catering his programs to all ages and skill levels. Most importantly, Dominick strongly values a fun and creative culture when approaching fitness to himself and to his respected clients.
Pilates – Senior Program
Kathy has been teaching Pilates for 11 years and is the co-owner of personal training studio, Revolution Fitness in Wynnum. Previously a Registered Nurse, Kathy had a career change in 2003 and opened Revolution Fitness with her husband, Ken. She is a Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor and Pilates Instructor in both Mat and Equipment - Reformer, Trapeze Table and Wunda Chair.
Guest Teachers / Choreographers
Miranda Zeller (www.mirandazeller.com) is a freelance choreographer, teacher and dancer. She specialises in contemporary technique, jazz technique and conditioning classes.
Miranda trained at Steps Dance Centre and Queensland Dance School of Excellence, where she obtained her Advanced 2 RAD Award. Miranda studied dance at Queensland University of Technology graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) in 2008. Since graduating she has performed and taught throughout Australia and internationally.
Miranda has choreographed for Expressions Dance Company and has taught contemporary technique at Expressions Dance Company, QUT, Queensland Dance School of Excellence, Queensland National Ballet, Prudence Bowen Atelier and Annette Roselli Dance Academy. In addition, she regularly travels to regional studios throughout Queensland and New South Wales to teach and adjudicate competitions.
She has danced professionally for contemporary choreographers including Claire Marshall, Phluxus Dance Collective, Timothy Brown and Zaimon Vilmanis. Her commercial dance career includes performing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Powderfinger, Little Birdy, Elizabeth Rose and the Sleepy Jackson.
Miranda is currently studying a Bachelor of physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and is passionate about teaching dance with an anatomical foundation. Miranda also holds a Certificate III and IV in Fitness and Personal Training.”
Guest Teacher and Choreographer
Paul Boyd has danced with leading European ballet companies for over twelve years. Paul commenced training at the age of four with Beverley Waters in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. His very successful career has spanned 25 years as a dancer, performing with companies all over the world.
He was Principal Dancer with 3 ballet companies in Germany. He has received the German Critics Award for The Best Up and Coming Artist and The Best Established Artist in Europe and has made guest appearances in America, Israel, Germany, Italy, Monte Carlo, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, France and Taiwan. In 1993 he danced the title role in "Spartacus" at the famous Summer Arts festival in Arena di Verona, Italy. He also spent 14 years as Principal Dancer, Company Coach and choreographer with the Queensland Ballet.
Since January 2004 Paul has worked as a freelance teacher, coach and choreographer. In 2004 he was invited to the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts as a guest teacher and choreographer where he created a new work "Tormented Tangos". In January 2005 Paul will travel to London to restage two existing works, "Uneven Ground" and "In Stillness We Meet" for the graduating students of the Royal Ballet School, and at the end of 2005 he will create a new work for The Australian Ballet Company for their "Bodytorque" programme.
In 1999, he choreographed "Tall Poppies" for the South Australian Children's Ballet Company and returned in 2001 to choreograph "The Red Shoes" for the company. The Company acknowledges his generosity in giving his time to remount "The Red Shoes" for the 2004 season.
British-born Guy Wheatstone is a skilled, classically-trained dancer who has performed with companies in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His repertoire includes roles in many classical and neo-classical pieces, and he has often worked with emerging choreographers to create roles in numerous new dance works.
Guy was accepted into the Royal Ballet School at the age of 13. During his six years at the school, he was taught by Gary Norman, Christopher Powney and Anatole Grigoriev. In 2008, Guy joined South African Ballet Theatre, where he performed roles such as the Prince in Cinderella, Siegfried in Swan Lake and the Prince in The Nutcracker, and was promoted to Soloist in 2010.
He left South Africa in 2011 to take up a position with Queensland Ballet as a Company Dancer. During his time with that Company, Guy performed extensively in mainstage works by François Klaus and productions by contemporary choreographers, including Ma Cong, Cameron MacMillan, Gareth Belling and Lucas Jervies.
Guy also has a strong interest in teaching ballet and has experience in giving classes at local dance schools and to pre-professional students.
Sue is a highly qualified and very experienced teacher who ran her own successful full-time dance studio for 25 years ‘Sue Harvey Dancers’, one of the largest studios in Queensland. She has taught all facets of dance: jazz, tap, ballet. musical theatre. contemporary acrobatics, etc. Sue is a renowned choreographer and has worked on many amateur and professional musicals and productions. She also does performance consultancy, working with amateur and professional singers, dancers, musicians and actors. Sue is sought after to adjudicate festivals, talent quests and dance eisteddfods.
Louise graduated from the Australian Ballet School in 1985 and chose to work with the West Australian Ballet Company before moving to Sydney to work with Sydney Dance Company. Both companies gave her the opportunity to dance soloist and principal roles and work with choreographers and directors such as Graeme Murphy, Barry Morland, Chrissi Parrot, Ohad Naharin, Lambros Lambro, Gideon Obarzanek and Stephan Page. After seven years in a company environment Louise moved to work as a freelance dancer and choreographer with works in film, T.V. and theatre.
Louise has created works for and worked with, Sydney Dance Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Australian Opera, West Australian Academy Performing Arts, Taipei National University of Arts, Taipei International Summer school, Queensland Ballet Professional Years as well as a feature film, a collaborative work with Circa and three full length works with her company Lucid Dance Theatre. In 2006 Louise was nominated by François Klaus to choreograph a work for Dance Creation in Melbourne, in 2008. Her short work Troon ii was presented at the World Dance Alliance Global Summit. In 2009 Louise created three new works for Queensland Ballet Company including a main-stage work for their International Gala and in 2010 works for their Live Attitude and Soiree Classiques seasons. In 2011 Louise was awarded a Residency with the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts to collaborate with cellist Louise King to create a full length work “Dancing with Bach”. This work was subsequently toured by the Gold Coast Arts Centre, Armidale Bach Festival and Noosa Long Weekend Festival. In 2013 “Dancing with Bach” will be presented as a main-stage work with the Judith Wright Centre of Performing Arts.
Sher has been passionately involved in Dance most of her life. She has recently returned from Ireland working alongside some of the finest Directors & Musical Directors. She is also the previous owner director of a very successful Performing Arts Studio in NSW, Australia.
Television Credits Include, Young Talent Time Semi Final, So You Think You Can Dance Top 10, 2010, Top 8, 2009, RTE TV Ireland, Beijing Childrens National Celebration China, Illawarra Integral Energy Buisness Awards, Sydney Bicentennial Parade Sydney, Australia.
Other credits include The Wella Roadshow Tour, Australia & NZ, Sleeping Beauty the Pantomine, Cork Opera House Ireland, The Sleeping Beauty Suite & Divertissements National Tour, Cork City Ballet Company Ireland. The Grinch Musical, Firkin Crane Theatre, Ireland, Carols by Candelight.
International Choreographic credits include Choreographer for the Cork Opera House & touring shows for China & the USA.