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Felicity Jones - Principal Promenade Dan

FELICITY JONES - PRINCIPAL

ARAD/RAD RTS Acrobatic Arts Certified Cert III Community Services (Children’s Services)

Alixa Flexibility Module 1 Certified

Felicity Jones started dancing at the age of 6 years, and has been teaching dance in Bathurst (and formerly in Sydney) for the past 23 years.

 

Felicity’s qualifications include being an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (awarded to students who reach the highest level in RAD examinations) and she was awarded a RAD Teacher’s Certificate in 2004. Felicity also holds a Certificate III in Community Services (Children’s Services).

 

Felicity has studied dance with some of Australia’s best-known dance teachers including Garth Welsh (described as ‘one of the best male dancers in the Australian Ballet’s 40 year history’), Kim Trynor (a former professional dancer with Deutsche Oper Am Rheine, Düsseldorf and The Australian Ballet Company) and Stanton Welch (Artistic Director of the Houston Ballet).

 

She studied full time for 18 months at Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy and part time at The Conlan College, two of Australia’s most highly-respected dance schools.

 

Felicity has danced in major performance venues in Sydney, including the Opera House, Footbridge Theatre and Sydney Entertainment Centre. She also performed in the Sydney City Youth Ballet’s production of A Christmas Carol and City West Ballet’s production of Giselle.

 

Felicity has been teaching since 1998. She first started teaching at Bathurst School Of Performing Arts as a Student Teacher. After finishing school, she then furthered her teaching experience by gaining her Student Teachers Certificate, with Distinction, through the RAD, under Hilary Kaplan of Allegria, whilst she was training full-time at Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy and teaching at The Conlan College, in Sydney.

 

Felicity moved back to Bathurst late 2001 and taught locally until the end of 2009, when she decided to open Promenade Dance School.

 

Her recent dance students have been accepted to advance their studies full time at well-known schools such as The Joffery Ballet School in New York, The Conlan College, Ev & Bow, Brent Street and The Village in Sydney, and the Marie Walton Mahon’s National College of Dance in Newcastle.

 

Felicity completed her Acrobatic Arts certification in January 2019 and Promenade became the official Ready Set Dance location in Bathurst and Oberon.

Received Alixa Flexibility Module 1 qualifications in 2020.

Sarah Marriott - Promenade Dance School.

SARAH MARRIOTT

RAD Rts, Acrobatic Arts Certified

Sarah began dancing at the age of four at Colour City Dance in Orange and has continued her passion for dance ever since. In the last couple of years, Sarah has stepped into the teaching role to share her knowledge and passion with the next generation of young dancers.

As part of her dance training, Sarah studied full time at Fiona’s Studio of Dance, completing a Certificate IV in Dance and training extensively in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Pas de deux and National Character. While studying full time, Sarah also performed with the Central Dance Company under the guidance of the Director, Patti Gleeson, in their production of the Nutcracker and a number of their contemporary works.

Most recently, Sarah completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in 2018 and in January 2020 gained her Acrobatic Arts qualification.

Sarah loves to inspire and challenge her students to help them realise their full potential and share in their love of dance.

Tracy-Lee McKinney - Promenade Dance Sch

TRACY-LEE McKINNEY

ARAD, RAD Rts, ADA, IMEB, Adjudicator

Tracy-Lee was born in Sydney NSW and performed professionally since 12 years of age.  She has studied Classical Ballet, National and Demi Character, Jazz, Tap, as well as Irish and Highland dancing with the Langshaws, Ransley studio and Prue Bowen, completing her RAD teachers with Ms Bowen at Ecole Classique.

 

Tracy also studied Elocution (Speech and Drama) with Mrs. Yvonne Duffy LTC and singing with Dolores Cambridge from the Sydney Conservatorium.  At an early age she started performing in Musicals, Light Opera Companies and Caberet and has travelled extensively abroad.

 

Mrs McKinney has her teaching diploma with The Royal Academy of Dance with Distinction; Tap and Modern/Jazz Licentiate Diploma with Federal Association of Teachers of Dance (now the ADA) with Distinction; Licentiate Diploma with the IMEB—International Music Examination Board and has Adjudicated for over 20 years in both Dance and Speech and Drama.

 

Previously Tracy-Lee owned a studio called Bathurst School of Performing Arts for 13 years and a studio in Tamworth for 6 years before the family moved to Mentone in Victoria whereby she was the inaugural Director of the Dance Studio at the Mentone Girls’ Grammar school for 3 years.  A guest teacher and choreographer for several studios in South East Melbourne including Sharon Lawrence, Jane Moore, Sara Hipkin and worked with the current Melbourne Academy of Arts.  During 2007 to 2013 Mrs McKinney travelled to Brentwood and Concord Studios in California USA as an invited guest teacher.

 

Many of her student are working in Musicals, ballet companies in Germany and Netherlands and Canada, Cruise lines and in Opera and Contemporary Companies.  Others graduated through full time studios such as Brent street, ED5, WAAPA; The Australia and New Zealand ballet schools; Prue Bowen-Atlier; Tanya Persons and Dance Encore Productions with Lesley and Bruce Scott.  Mrs McKinney also has a cap n gown with the International Music Examination Board with Speech and Drama and her students have attended NIDA institute, become Radio Announcers and Speech Pathologists.

 

Tracy’s family have been involved in Entertainment for many years.  Her sister has been head of Drama at Orange Kinross Wollaroy School and her daughter and nieces also have their cap n gown in Speech and have had their own studios.

Chloe Mellor - Promenade Dance School.jp

CHLOE MELLOR

Miss Chloe started dancing at the age of 4 and fell ion love with jazz, contemporary, modern and hip hop.

 

In 2014, Miss Chloe continued to expand her love of dance by undertaking her Bachelor of Dance Education to become a qualified Dance/PDHPE teacher in Australian studios and High Schools. Throughout her time at university she studied ballet, contemporary, modern and commercial jazz.

 

Miss Chloe is also a qualified personal trainer, she has extensive knowledge in regards to the human body and the application of safe dance practice to help all her students prevent injury and promote longevity.

Georgina Wills - Promenade Dance School

GEORGINA WILLS

Georgie began dancing at the young age of 1 and a half at La Belle School of Dance in Bathurst. In 2010 She enrolled with Felicity at Promenade Dance School where her technique and work ethic continued to grow.

 

Georgie is skilled in a number of styles, including ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, nation character, demi character and acrobatics. She competed in various Eisteddfods from the age of 3 and won a number of awards and scholarships including, The Cowra Eisteddfod Dance Scholarship twice, Bathurst Eisteddfod Local Scholarship, Orange Eisteddfod Tap Scholarship, Castle Hill Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship twice, was nation champion in two styles of Tap at Showcase in 2015 and came 4th overall high score at 2016 Hollywood bound nationals.

 

Over the years Georgie has completed a number of ballet exams, with the last being Advanced 1 in 2018. She has also completed ATAD Tap exams, including her teachers certificate in Tap.

 

Georgie has also participated in various local musicals with the Carillon Theatre Society including Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast and High School Musical.

 

Georgie has been a teacher at Promenade Dance School since 2014 teaching a number different styles. Georgie enjoys teaching the next generation of talented dancers and loves encouraging and challenging students to reach their goals.

Janelle Kemp - Promenade Dance School Ba

JANELLE KEMP

Jenelle started dancing at the age of 3 with Dolly McKinnon School of Dance, Bathurst and has continued dancing throughout her whole life. Janelle has learnt many styles including Tap, Ballet, Jazz and National dancing.

Janelle ran her own dancing school as part of the Carillon Theatrical Society in Bathurst. She performed in numerous productions with the Carillon Theatrical Society, and in recent years has stepped up into the role of choreographer for the productions of Beauty and the Beast and Xanadu.

Janelle enjoys teaching adult tap and loves performing with her class every year in the local eisteddfod and Promenade end of year concert.

Melissa Stewart - Promenade Dance School

MELISSA STEWART

Miss Melissa studied ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance from the age of three at the Cowra Ballet School and still continues to dance to this day! She competed in many competitions including the Bathurst Eisteddfod!


Melissa has lived in Sydney and the Hunter Valley the past 15 years and was teaching ballet and musical theatre at Sydney Broadway Chorus and Blue's School of Dance as well as choreographing musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast and Addams Family.


Her passion for dance and musical theatre also saw her perform lead roles in musical theatre in Sydney such as Maria from the Sound of Music, Narrator in Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, Adelaide Adams in Calamity Jane, Anna in the King & I and Glinda in the Wizard of Oz.


Melissa now resides in Bathurst with her 2 year old daughter and will be teaching adult ballet and musical theatre. She is excited to be teaching for Miss Felicity as they used to dance together as little girls!

Bethany Sargeant - Promenade Dance Schoo

BETHANY SARGEANT

Junior Teacher

Miss Bethany has been dancing since she was 3 and has been dancing at Promenade Dance School for the last 11 years. As part of her training, she has competed at a number of eisteddfods around the western region since the age of 10 and most recently was awarded the Bathurst Local Scholarship in 2019.

 

Miss Bethany has also been involved in assistant teaching over the past couple of years and this year will be taking on a junior-teacher role.

Promenade Dance School Bathurst - Lesley

LESLEY CARTER

Office Manager / Costume Department

Lesley has been a stalwart of the Promenade Dance School family since the very beginning twelve years ago when her daughter Felicity first opened the School. She keeps very busy carrying out numerous jobs behind the scenes looking after the running of the business on the financial side and also chief organiser of the many costumes needed for all the students for the End of Year Concert.

 

Lesley loves meeting the students and watching them grow from their first dance lesson to mature adult dancers who become such a credit to the School.