NADINE STODDART ARAD, PGDip Sci, RAD Registered Teacher Nadine was trained in New Zealand through the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus and the New Zealand Assoc of Modern Dance. She danced professionally with the Southern Ballet Theatre, Dance Co-ordinates and the New Zealand School of Dance as well as various Operatic and Opera productions. She joined the Dance Theatre of Victoria/Rex Reid Dance Company in 1989 and from 1992 to 1997 was Ballet Mistress and Directors Assistant of the nationally touring company. Being a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, Nadine has been teaching and entering students for exams since 1984 at various schools throughout New Zealand and Australia.
ROBERT McNAMARA Licentiate Diploma in Classical Dance SDA and registered Examiner SDA After studying for a number of years with Corrie Lodders (ex Borovansky soloist) and Christine Zakas (Kew Ballet Centre), Robert went on to tour with the Australian Contemporary Dance Company, Melbourne State Dance Theatre, The Australian Opera Ballet, Sydney City Ballet as well as dancing in the Phillipines, Hong Kong and New Zealand. He has also choreographed for various Musical Theatre companies around Melbourne as well as performing in many musicals as a dancer, singer and actor. He was recently awarded the SDA Licentiate Diploma in Classical Dance for his contribution towards writing the new classical syllabus for the State Dance Association from pre-primary to Advanced 2.. In 2104 he also became an Examiner for the SDA syllabus.
INDIRA NATOLI Indira was trained here at the Darebin School of Dance, starting at the age of four and has completed all her studies, gaining her RAD Grade 8 Award with Distinction and her SDA Advanced Gold Tap Exam with Honours. Indira works with our students from the junior to senior levels and shows great maturity, enthusiasm and freshness in her teaching and exam preparation work. Her talent and love of dance is evident not only in the classroom, but also in her wonderful choreography for our concerts and competitions. She also shows her versatility in classical, contemporary, jazz and tap as a senior featured artist in many of our performances. Indira completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts Degree in 2017, majoring in music and drama. This year whilst teaching with us she will be completing her 2 year professional dancers course with Kelly Akers Dance Academy. In 2018 Indira was also awarded her Teaching Diploma through the SDA.
TAMARA FOGLIA CASTANEDA Tamara is another student of the Darebin School of Dance who has trained with us since the age of five and achieved her RAD Grade 8 Award with Distinction and her SDA Advanced Silver Tap Award. Tamara has experience in musical theatre ,performing in many productions, and recently played the role of 'Chava' in 'Fiddler on the Roof' Whilst teaching for us Tamara will be continuing her full time studies in Musical Theatre and Stagecraft. She is a wonderful asset to our teaching staff and her unique choreographic pieces which have been showcased in many of our previous concerts show her love of dance and passion for creativity and teaching..
MILES LEE A former student of the Darebin School of Dance, Miles graduated from The Victorian College of The Arts and most recently has worked with The Queensland Ballet. Whilst on a break in hometown Melbourne we are thrilled to have Miles as a guest teacher and choreographer, sharing his love of dance and his wonderful creative contemporary works, one of which was featured by our seniors in our 2018 25th Anniversary concert.