Meet our online instructors in Australia!
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Ava started dancing in regional NSW under Penny Gurner, director of NEDT at the age of 12. Discovering dance as a passion, she began training at Armidale Dance Academy in addition to her training at NEDT. Completing two Royal Academy of Dance exams a year she was able to progress to full-time training in QLD at the Ransley Ballet and Dance Centre, under former Royal Ballet member Nicole Ransley and Dutch National ballet member Joy Ransley. Ava also has performed as a part of the corps de ballet with the Gold Coast City Ballet Company dancing in many modern contemporary pieces as well as classical roles from Paquita, Concerto, Les Sylphide, Swan Lake and Viva Vivaldi. In Queensland, Ava shared her rich experience of dance inspiring young students in her Tiny Tots classes. She now studies Liberal Arts at Victorian University and is enjoying studying academically and being involved in the dance industry through teaching. Ava is excited to develop the skills and love of performing arts working with the next generation of dancers here at Two Shoes Dance Academy.
Michael is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary and the New Zealand school of Dance in Wellington, New Zealand. Michael left early in his 3rd year at NZSD to begin working with Australian Dance Theatre under renowned choreographer Garry Stewart. Also dancing in Opera Australia’s award winning production of ‘King Roger’ (2017) at the Sydney Opera house. His exploits have led him to various countries around the world including training in Wundang Kung-fu in Wudang, China. Michael has choreographed various works including ‘the Sweet spot’ (2015) ADT creative season, ‘Crazy 88’ (2017) for The Ministry of Dance and ‘Dying for life’ (2017) for Adelaide College of the Arts class of 2017 graduating season. Michael has worked for Two Shoes Dance Academy as a guest teacher between travelling over the years and is pleased to be coordinating the contemporary program and teaching Southern Federation of Dance syllabus classes.
Georgia Atherton began dancing at the age of three and trained heavily in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Hip-Hop under the guidance of Karen-Ann Thomas and Jenny Langford, the past directors of Belmont Dance Centre, coastal NSW. After realising her desire to dance professionally, Georgia Atherton was awarded a full two year scholarship to further her dance training at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance. Whilst training full-time, Georgia was lucky enough to gain industry experience and perform in corporate events such as White Night Melbourne, the Melbourne Cup, and events for the Victorian Racing Club.She was also a featured dancer for the Australian Artist, Tones and I, and performed in the televised performance for the AFL Grand Final Revue.
Georgia Atherton has a strong passion for teaching technique and choreography.
Niina received a scholarship to Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance full time course and recently graduated after studying a Diploma in Musical Theatre for two years. During this time she has experienced credits such as Australia’s Got Talent, White Night Melbourne, AFL Footy Show Revue and performing at the Flemington All Star races. Niina’s excited to share her knowledge and passion for dance and the performing arts with the younger generation at Two Shoes Dance Academy. She is thrilled to become a part of the team for 2020 and cannot wait to start this journey!