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).


Dip ABS, ARAD, RTS, CRT lVTAA, RAD Examiner SFD Examiner.  Susan commenced her performance career at an early age starring as Clara in the Tasmanian Ballet Company production of the Nutcracker. In 1979, Susan moved to Melbourne to attend the Australian Ballet School performing with the Dancers Company under the direction of Dame Peggy Van Pragh in her productions of Coppelia, Carmen and Giselle. Susan was also fortunate to be the choreographic muse for Robert Ray’s productions of Poems and City Dances. After graduation, Susan worked with the Heidelberg Ballet Ensemble and The Victorian State Opera. Moving to the U.K., Susan proved herself as a reliable Australian dancer and was engaged in regular work in the West End’s Commercial and Musical Theatre industry. Back in Australia, Susan performed as a Chorus member and Understudy to the lead in the original cast of ‘Seven Little Australians’. For the past 24 years, Ms. Sargison has been the Artistic Director of a large Dance School in metropolitan Melbourne. She has also been a regular Adjudicator at numerous Dance Competitions throughout Australia. Ms. Sargison has a wealth of knowledge in all genres of dance and is a passionate teacher. In 2012, Ms. Sargison was appointed to the Board of Examiners for both the Royal Academy of Dance and the Southern Federation of Dance.


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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