Classical Academy Directors
A highly skilled, passionate and sought after dance educator, Hayley is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience of Classical Ballet (English & Russian styles) with her students. Hayley trained at The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) and gained a degree in dance from the VCA, before embarking on an international career. In the United Kingdom Hayley worked with two of the countries most acclaimed dance companies: English National Ballet and Rambert Dance Company. Her role as dance artist for both companies saw her tour extensively through England, Scotland, China, Hong Kong and parts of Europe delivering repertoire based workshops, classes and large scale choreographic projects. In addition Hayley performed for Biserk Dance Company (UK), Project Volume (UK), Moore Entertainment and Sankio Promotions (Japan). On returning home, Hayley was appointed manager of The Australian Ballet’s Dance Education Ensemble touring workshops and performances to thousands of school children Australia wide. Now also a professional pilates instructor, Hayley has an artistic, anatomical, inclusive approach to Classical ballet technique teaching.
Gareth is a passionate teacher, choreographer and workshop facilitator. A dancer and choreographer with Queensland Ballet from 2002 - 2012, he performed in all productions, created more than 20 short works for main-stage and studio productions including Brisbane Festival's Dance Energy and QB's International Gala, and toured Europe and Asia with the company.
As a choreographer, Gareth has regularly collaborated with Collusion Music and Dance Ensemble since 2005, creating three evening-length works, and many shorter ballets with the group.
As a freelance artists he has created works for Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company, Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, Queensland University of Technology and WAAPA, and restaged his ballets for Queensland Ballet Academy. Along with Collusion, he was shortlisted for a 2016 Australian Dance Award for their chamber ballet DESIRELINES, and toured China with DESIRELINES (Guangzhou) and Turbine (Shanghai Dance Festival) in 2018.
He holds a Master of Fine Arts (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology, and has research published by University of Florida Press.
Gareth relocated to Melbourne in 2020 following many years teaching vocational, pre-tertiary and tertiary students in South-East Queensland, focussing on classical and contemporary technique, pas de deux and RAD syllabus coaching.
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