R.A.D. RTS. Adv. dip, BMAAD. Licentiate dip, A.I.C.D, Member CSTD. Anita was classically trained by Latvian born ballerina Lija Svalbe in Ballarat, Victoria and continued her training in Melbourne, completing her Advanced Certificate and Teaching Diplomas. Anita enjoys teaching, adjudication, examining and all aspects of her school. Her wealth of experience includes classical, jazz, tap, modern/contemporary, musical theatre, drama, anatomy, physiology, character & psychology. Former students of her school have been accepted into the Australian Ballet School, Victorian College of the Arts, National Theatre Ballet School, Queensland Ballet School and are now themselves Directors, Choreographers, Teachers and performing Professionals.


Trained and performed in the United States at the School of American Ballet in New York City and upon graduation joined the New York City Ballet under the directorship of George Balanchine for six years. Since emigrating to Australia in 1981, Noelle has worked as a classical dance lecturer at The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth and with The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Noelle assumed the role of Ballet Mistress with The West Australian Ballet Company and with The Australian Ballet Company, the latter for 23 years. Here, in liaison with the medical team, she developed the role of Rehabilitation Facilitator, to work closely with injured and non-injured dancers to correct alignment and faulty technique.  During her career Noelle has worked with four Australian Company directors and has enjoyed her involvement with renowned choreographers, teachers and artists in the dance field. She has been a dance panel member for the West Australian Department of the Arts and for The Australia Council and has worked extensively in the wider community. In 2000 Noelle was awarded a centenary medal for her contribution to The Arts.


C.B.A. Licentiate, C.I.C.B L.I.S.T.D London. Trudy has a true passion and love of ballet, which was nurtured in her early ballet training in Ballarat, firstly under Pamela Waller and later with Carol Trenfield.  For 30 years, Trudy was the Artistic Director of the highly regarded Ballarat Ballet Centre, where she continued to pass her love of dance, attention to detail and true belief that dancing comes from your heart, onto hundreds of students.  Former students are now working professionally in The Australian Ballet, Musical Theatre and the film industry around the world. Since retiring from full time teaching in 2007, she is happily doing freelance teaching and also working as a Teacher Assistant at Ballarat Grammar.  Her dedication and commitment to ballet continues outside the ballet studio in her role as a representative on the National Council of Cecchetti Ballet Australia.   She is delighted to be working with the wonderfully dedicated students at ASCOD.


B.A. Born and raised in Ballarat’s performing arts scene, Leah’s passion for performing began at a young age. With fourteen years of training from the Anita Coutts School of Dance, Leah decided to take her professional studies forward completing two years fulltime Music Theatre in Melbourne (2013). Leah has performed leading roles in many theatre productions to this date, receiving commendation and nominations by the ‘Music Theatre Guild of Victoria’. Leah was also selected to tour America with AIPA.  Arts Academy credits: ‘Showtrain’a new Australian Musical (Izzy), ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ (Nancy), ‘Rent’ (Featured dancer), ‘Dance is life’ – (A Personal Devised Cabaret Performance) and ‘Sweeny Todd’ (Johanna).


In 2019 Allison and her family will relocate to Ballarat. Tasmanian born, Allison travelled to the South Street Eisteddfod as a child and viewed the incredible environment for ballet and dance Ballarat fosters. During the last 30 years, Allison has coached students in Launceston though the RAD syllabus from Pre-Primary to Advanced levels. She holds a Diploma of Teaching (University of Tasmania, 1991) and Bachelor of Education (University of Tasmania, 2004). Within the education sector she ran a ballet program at Launceston Church Grammar Junior School (2009 -2017). In 1997 was awarded the AICD teachers scholarship to attend the Australian Ballet School. Her former teacher Joan Burnett was a Genee Silver medalist (RAD) and trained in London. Allison has a strong focus on the careful training of junior students. She has enjoyed training in tap, jazz, national dance as a student. Allison was the panel member representing Tasmania for the RAD for a decade, and was employed by the RAD to mentor on the teacher training program for student teachers (CBTS). Allison has been a teaching member of the RAD since 1990 and gained her Teaching Diploma with the RAD in1994. Former students have travelled as far as Joffrey Ballet School, English National Ballet School and New Zealand school of Dance and become teachers in Canada, Dubai and throughout Australia.


Melissa is a professional dancer, choreographer, movement educator and assessor. She studied at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School, before graduating VCA with a Bachelor of Dance Honours, and was awarded The Phillip Law Travel Scholarship to dance with Rosalind Crisp and The Forsythe Company in Europe.


In 2017 she performed in Australia's biannual contemporary dance festival, Dance Massive, in two works, Small Details and Tiny Slopes. Melissa has performed in award-winning works by Shian Law, Opera Australia, Zoe Scoglio, Nat Cursio, Sandra Parker, Pomare Productions for Australian Dance Theatre's anniversary and Robert McCredie, among others. She received an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant and an Australia Council Artstart grant, to develop her improvisational and somatic practice, performing internationally. Melissa was named as a 'dancer/choreographer to watch' in Dance Australia after premiering Disquiet.


As a teacher Melissa has taught contemporary dance, classical ballet, improvisation, choreography and movement for actors at private full time institutions and universities including The Victorian College of the Arts and The National Theatre Ballet and Drama School's. Along with local dance schools. Melissa is also a highly regarded pilates instructor.  Having taught professional dancers, Strange Fruit performers, circus artists, athletes, VCA and Australian Ballet students. While mentoring pilates diploma students and recent graduates.


Miss Melissa's qualifications include:

* Bachelor of Dance, Honours (VCA)

* Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (NPT)

* A.R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dance)

* Working With Children Check

* First Aid + CPR

* 10+ years international experience as a performer, choreographer and teacher

* Currently studying TAE - Training & Assessment


LRAD ARAD Susan’s dance teaching training was at the Royal Academy of Dance in London graduating with the College Graduation Certificate and Diploma for Licentiate. An experienced teacher of 35 years teaching classical ballet to all levels from the very young beginner in the RAD Grades levels to the dedicated male and female students at the Vocational levels.

Susan is a former RAD Children Examiner examining in Australia and internationally. In 2006 she was appointed as a RAD Faculty of Education Classical Ballet Teaching Studies CBTS tutor – Practical Teaching Supervisor and at the same time a Freelance Faculty member class teacher of RAD student courses. Susan freelance teaches in Melbourne Victoria and nationally and is a qualified Pilates Mat Instructor specialising in the strength training of ballet technique through the Pilates method for young dancers.



Olivia was born and trained in Ballarat in all disciplines of classical and theatrical dance. Developing a strong passion for the theatrical arts, Olivia pursued full time training at Dance World 301. After completing her studies Olivia worked professionally in the commercial sector of the dance world, live and on film, in Australia and overseas. Olivia provides a fresh approach to a range of theatrical disciplines including theatrical and commercial jazz, hip hop and acrobatics in her classes at ACSoD focusing on strong technique development and performance. Her mission is to excite, motivate and unleash!


C.B.A Associate C.I.C.B. After completing her studies at The Australian Ballet School and Victorian College of the Arts, Lauren has worked professionally in the commercial sector of the dance world, both around Australia and overseas. She completed her Bachelor of Education in 2005, and currently teaches at Ballarat Clarendon College. She is very excited to be working with the junior students at ACSOD


Emma is excited to be part of the team of professionals for 2016. Emma is well known and regarded for her wonderful work with ACSOD. Emma's aims to nurture and inspire our littlest pupils - introducing them to the world of Dance.


Tayla has been dancing since the age of 2 in all facets of dance. She completed her Cert IV in Dance at Michelle Slater Performing Arts Studio, where she found her love for teaching. Dancing has taken Tayla to America to perform at Disneyland, California Adventure Park, Universal Studios Hollywood and train at Millenium Dance Complex and IDA. Aswell as being apart of Rock the Tap which featured on Everybody Dance Now and Australia's Got Talent television shows. Tayla loves working with children of all ages and is known for her nurturing and friendly rapport with all her students. Tayla thrives off the joy dance brings to everyone and it's reflected in her class environment. She is very excited to work with our dancers and pass on her knowledge.

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