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NEWCASTLE BALLET THEATRE

Summer School  January 2016

Julie Wells,      Jake Burden,     Xanthe Geeves    &     Gregor Thieler

Damian Smith Kurt Dwyer-Williams Previous Guest Teachers Jason Winters Amy Hollingsworth Renee Ritchie

Summer   School  2017 Guest teachers   Damian Smith & Kurt Dwyer-Williams

Contemporary  - Kristina Chan

2018 Guest Faculty

Kristina is a dancer and choreographer based in Sydney Australia.

She has had an extensive dance career performing nationally and internationally being a key collaborator for companies and independent artists; Force Majeure, Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Australian Ballet, Lucy Guerin Inc, Stephanie Lake, Lisa Wilson, Legs On The Wall, Narelle Benjamin, Anton, Tanja Liedtke, Victoria Chiu, Craig Bary, Victoria Hunt and Martin del Amo. Kristina has been awarded a Helpmann Award for her per -formance in Narelle Benjamin’s In Glass (2011) and two Australian Dance Awards for Tanja Liedtke’s Twelfth Floor (2006) and construct (2009).

Her choreographic work includes: Solo work A Faint Existence 2016, Carriageworks; Conform for Sydney Dance Company (SDC) Ludwigshafen Ge r-many and Carriageworks 2015; Pacific for SDC Pre-Professional Year 2016, Carriageworks; Grave a dance and film installation for Catapult Dance and Lockup Gallery Newcastle 2015; A commission for Expressions Dance Company/Opera Queensland season Mozart Airborne 2017; She has made numerous works for tertiary institutions and short solo works for iOU Dance a choreographic platform for NSW independent choreographers. Kristina is currently developing new work MOUNTAIN commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre 2017/18.

Kristina regularly teaches for Sydney Dance Company, SDC Pre-professional Year and Bangarra Dance Theatre. She has guest taught at schools, institu- tions and youth dance companies around Australia.


Daniel began recreational training in 1980 at the age of 5 where he studied Cecchetti under the tutelge of Athol Willoughby (former dancer of The National Theatre of Australia and student of Enrico Cecchetti's very own protege, Dame Lucie Saranova). Upon completing all exams, he was successful in gaining a place at the Australian Ballet School, where he studied for 3 years. There he was offered many amazing opportunities in and outside of the school, including several trips to Japan to dance in an international gala. 

After graduating from the school, Daniel went to Italy via request to dance with the Italian neo-classical company, Aterballetto and enjoyed three years there also dancing in various galas throughout Italy. Due to homesickness and injury, he returned to Australia where he was lucky enough to fall in to teaching at some of Melbourne's premiere vocational ballet schools including the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), and Christine Walsh and Ricardo Ella's Australian Conservatiore of Ballet, while still dancing whenever it was possible, guesting once again as well as teaching, in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Nara), Belgium, South Africa, and Sydney and Canberra with various project companies, as well as with many vocational ballet schools whenever they required a tall partner for their leads. For the last twenty years, Daniel has relished his teaching posts, loving learning more and more as ballet continues to evolve and be re-invented, and as the technical proficiencies forever continue to increase. As a teacher he has taught and coached for many competitions locally, nationally and internationally (two finalists of the Prix de Lausanne and a third prize winner this year at the AHA, New Zealand). He has had numerous students, including this year, gain acceptance in to Tanya Pearson's in Sydney, the New Zealand School of Dance, and the Australian Ballet School full time program and Intensive Training Program. Daniel teaches RAD, Cecchetti, and the ACB syllabus, and one of his most recent highlights was going to Russia last year, 2016, with his then fiance, Zara (Director of National Capital Ballet School, Canberra), to watch classes at the Vaganova Academy, St Petersburg.


Classical Ballet  -  Daniel Convery

Miss Zara has 20 years of dance experience and knowledge. Having originally trained in NSW, Zara studied extensively in RAD, Laurel Martyn OAM's syllabus, Cecchetti, and Christine Walsh's Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (Vaganova) syllabus. She has been taught by such ballet luminaries as Jacqui Hoole, Tanya Pearson, Diane Parrington, Janet Karin OAM, Laurel Martyn OBE and Christine Walsh AM to name a few and to whom she attributes much of her knowledge today. This led Zara to Canberra, where with a fueled passion for ballet and teaching she became the proud owner and Director of National Capital Ballet School.

Zara has been the owner, director, and Primary to Senior teacher of National Capital Ballet School, Canberra now for 7 years. In this time she has rebuilt the school from the ground up from formerly a purely recreational local ballet school to a thriving and successful ballet school that has served to help inspire and pave the way for its students to achieve their dancing dreams beyond its four walls. Some of the many successes over the seven years include at local, national and international ballet competitions, as well as having a number of students gain entry in to the Australian Ballet School and other vocational training programs throughout Australia. Zara is an avid balletomane, inspiring as much as she is inspired, the reason for which she has sought to continue to invest in bringing out amazing guest artists to her hometown to perform alongside her students from places as far afield as Cuba, the US, and from Russia including the incredible Joy Womack in her school's 2017 production of The Nutcracker. 



Classical Ballet  - Zara Bartley

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