Born in Newcastle, Meg studied with Tessa Maunder. She was awarded her Solo Seal aged 15 before winning a scholarship to finish her studies at London’s Royal Ballet School. While at the School Meg demonstrated the Solo Seal syllabus for the Royal Academy of Dancing and was chosen to perform in ‘Pineapple Poll’ for the annual School Performance at Covent Garden. Shortly afterwards Peggy Van Praagh invited Meg to be a founding member of The Australian Ballet. She initially danced in the corps de ballet, progressing to soloist roles and performing with guest artists including Eric Bruhn, Sonia Arova, Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, and Robert Helpmann before leaving the company to marry and settle in Sydney.
Meg then danced for a few years in a small Sydney based company which is now known as Sydney Dance Company before retiring from the stage and beginning a family.
For the next decade Meg worked in various wardrobe departments for stage, film and television programs and was wardrobe mistress at NIDA for 6 years.
Meg returned to Newcastle in 1993. Her love for classical ballet was re-
MARGARET (Meg) AKERMAN ARAD Solo Seal
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Julie is originally from Emu Plains and was a qualified gymnastics coach for over ten years, primarily with De Roo’s School of Tumbling in the Penrith region. During this time she also taught tumbling and gymnsatics skills to a number of dance schools in the greater western suburbs area. Her Pilates career was a natural progression from many years coaching tumbling, trampolining and cheerleading.
Julie has been a qualified Pilates instructor for 11 years and a registered fitness instructor with Fitness Australia since 2006. Although qualified to teach all manner of group fitness, Julie is particularly passionate about mat Pilates classes and core strength training.
She has worked at a range of gyms in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains and since moving to Newcastle in 2007, has taught at Howzat, Fitness First, BodyFlight and Energize Fitness, as well as her own privately run classes.
From Winter Park, Florida in the U.S., Rider began his training at a young age with the School of Southern Ballet Theatre (now Orlando Ballet), training under Russell Sultzbach, Eliza Harwood, Barbara Riggins and Cynthia Roses-
At 15, he left Orlando to train full time at the Virginia School of the Arts studying with former Royal Ballet soloist Petrus Bosman and David Keener. During that time, he also trained at the Boston Ballet summer programs, working with Devon Carney, Bruce Marks, and Yacov Sharir among many others.
Beginning his professional career with Charleston Ballet Theatre, and later moving on to the Augusta Ballet, Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho and as a freelance artist, Rider danced in numerous ballets including the title roles in Romeo and Juliet and Dracula, Prince Seigfried in Swan Lake, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Pas de Deux and Pas de Trois from Paquita, Grand pas Classique, Lar Lubovitch’s My Funny Valentine, and principal roles in Balanchine’s Serenade, Tarantella, Allegro Brilliante, and Who Cares?
Since moving to Australia, Rider has appeared as a guest performer with Melbourne Dance Theatre, Gold Coast City Ballet, & the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.
Rider has been a guest teacher with the Canberra Dance Development Centre and Melbourne Dance Theatre, and faculty with Queensland National Ballet, Ransley Dance Centre, Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy, Anne Kingsford Academy of Dance, Sheridan’s Studio 1, and Fiona Munroe Ballet and Dance Studio.
KRISTY TANCRED Co-
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In 1996 Kristy commenced full time training at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and then went on to study at Ballet Theatre of Victoria (now Ballet Theatre Australia) under the direction of Leanne Rutherford.
In 2000, Kristy travelled to the US to take part in Artisan Dance Theatre’s summer program and went on to a 10 year professional career as a Soloist & Principal dancer with Charleston Ballet Theatre, Augusta Ballet and Ballet Idaho/Eugene Ballet and as a freelance artists. During this time she has performed many soloist and principal roles. Most notably, The Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Odette in Swan Lake, Mina Murray in Dracula, The Queen in The Three Musketeers, Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, and Lar Lubovitch’s My Funny Valentine.
Since returning to Australia in August 2010, Kristy has been a guest teacher at the Fiona Munroe Ballet and Dance Studio, Melbourne Dance Theatre and Canberra Dance Development Centre. During 2011, she was on the faculty at numerous schools including Queensland National Ballet, Ransley Dance Centre, Anne Kingsford Academy of Dance and Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy.
RIDER D VIERLING Co-
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Classical, Contemporary & Jazz,
Intermediate & Junior Dancers & Tiny Tots Ballet
Amelia started ballet at the age of three on the NSW Central Coast. She has trained in both the RAD Syllabus, from Pre-
In 2018 Amelia joined the Elephant in the Black Box, a junior contemporary company in Madrid, Spain where she had the amazing opportunity to work with many different choreographers and teachers. In addition, she was part of the Central Dance Company Australia for 3 years.
Amelia has been student teaching since she was 12 and at the age of 15 started running classes. She has taught students in both the ACB & RAD Syllabus, Contemporary and Jazz work, Stretch and Conditioning, as well as Choreography for eisteddfods. Amelia will be available for Private Lessons for students at NBT, for both eisteddfod and ACB Syllabus work.
Whilst attending a development program, Amelia obtained her Certificate III in Dance and during her Full Time training at NBT, received her Certificate IV in Dance. Amelia is now a certified teacher for the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Syllabus.
Previous Guest Faculty
Daniel Gaudiello & Lana Jones
Zara Bartley & Daniel Convery
Sally Forest Egan
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Sally trained at Ecole Ballet Studios and The Jazz Factory in Sydney under the direction of Jane Allyn, Ashley Killar, Kit Lethby and Hanne Larsen before going on to complete her Certificate 4 in Performing Arts at Brent St Studios. After graduating Sally went on to work for companies such as Glow Show Global, Carnival Cruise Lines, the Wiggles and Princess Cruises. Over her 9 years with Princess Cruises, Sally worked in the capacities of Dancer, Assistant Cast Manager, Cast Manager, Install Director and Audition Teacher. She was also fortunate to be selected for the inaugural casts of the Royal Princess and Regal Princess, where she worked along side choreographers Danny Teeson, Gene Castle and Liz Imperio on the creation of 7 new production shows for the company. Whilst dancing professionally, Sally continued studying by distance education to complete a Certificate in Nutrition with Beck Health and to obtain her Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance. Sally loves sharing her passion and knowledge for all things dance and is excited to be back on faculty at Newcastle Ballet Theatre in 2021!
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Bronte completed her formative dance training years with Letitia Polinelli in Cairns before moving to Sydney to focus on Classical and Contemporary Dance training under Janece Graham and Tanya Pearson. Bronte has studied the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and completed her RAD Advanced 1 Ballet Examination. During her high school years she performed with the State Dance Company and was awarded Excellence for her NSW HSC Dance results and selected to perform in the Callback Showcase.
Bronte has been an active Dance Teacher working on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for the last 3 years, since completing her Masters in Secondary Dance Education at Deakin University and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at the Victorian College of The Arts. During her time at VCA she performed in a number of professional Contemporary Dance performances choreographed by: Stephanie Lake, Lina Limosani, Rebecca Hilton, Natalie Cursio, Gerard Van Dyck and Rochelle Carmichael. She has also performed in Lucy Guerin’s Pieces for Small Spaces in 2013, under the choreographic direction of Rebecca Hilton. Bronte was the recipient of the Lionel Gell Foundation Scholarship in Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013.
With 8 years teaching experience, Bronte is passionate about educating dance artists to become creative and intelligent performers. As a Mat Pilates Teacher, she sees Pilates as a complimentary training practice to enhance the strength and anatomical awareness of her students. She will continue her Pilates training with a Diploma in Studio Pilates with Polestar
Contemporary and Full Time Program
Isabelle Leonard began her training in Taree at Andrea Rowsell Academy of Dance at age 5. In 2010, she went on to study Fulltime training at the National College of Dance under the direction of Marie Walton-