Dance Education Team 2017

The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet is Australia's national ballet company, performing works from the classical repertoire as well as contemporary works and commissions. Founded in 1962, The Australian Ballet is one of the country's flagship arts companies, and for nearly five decades has been the defining face of ballet in Australia.

The Australian Ballet Dance Education Ensemble is invited into residence by Bundanon Trust to deliver dance education programs to regional primary school children. The program is designed to engage and appeal to all children regardless of their previous background in dance. The children participate in a dance/movement workshop and a complementary art workshop with Bundanon’s art educators as well as a performance of The Sleeping Beauty, where the ensemble demonstrate and discuss a range of dance techniques including classical ballet and students engage in kinetic and rhythmic exercises.

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IN RESIDENCE 2017

Bundanon Trust will host The Australian Ballet Dance Education Ensemble as Artists in Residence. During their residency, the ensemble, together with Bundanon's education team will provide a free program of dance workshops, art workshops and a performance to primary schools in the region. Participating ensemble members for 2017 are Robyn Begg, Yhale Fien, Timothy Szczepkowski-Collins and Chantelle van der Hoek.

Robyn Begg began her full time ballet training with John Curtin College of the Arts and then furthermore with The Conservatoire in Western Australia. She danced her first professional contract with the West Australian Ballet and shortly after joined Queensland Ballet under Li Cunxin. Robyn has since danced with Victorian State Ballet, Melbourne Ballet Company and a variety of commercial companies. She recently danced with The Australian Ballet in their Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty. Robyn is delighted to have joined The Australian Ballet's Dance Education Team this year.

Yhale Fien, born in Adelaide, began training at the Conroy Dance Centre in Brisbane before moving to Melbourne to complete his training at The Australian Ballet School. Since then Yhale has been involved in several performances with The Australian Ballet and other companies around Melbourne. Yhale joined the Dance Education Team this year and his experience and love of dance continues to grow with each new opportunity presented.

Timothy Szczepkowski-Collins graduated from The Australian Ballet School in 2010 and is a seasoned choreographer, having created his own works for festivals and events as well as performing pieces in Australia and overseas by choreographers such as Xin Peng Wang, Chirstian Spuck, Anna Vita and Louise Steins. This is Timothy's second year with the Dance Education team.

Chantelle van der Hoek started with swing dancing, but after seeing a ballet performance decided it was the style for her. She was accepted into the Australian Ballet School and graduated at the end of 2014. Chantelle joined the Dance Education team in 2015 and recently enjoyed performing the role of Clara in The Australian Ballet's Storytime Ballet:The Nutcracker. Chantelle is excited for another year of workshops and performances.


IN RESIDENCE 2016

Bundanon Trust will host The Australian Ballet Dance Education Ensemble as Artists in Residence. During their residency, the ensemble, together with Bundanon's education team will provide a free program of dance workshops, art workshops and a performance to primary schools in the region. Participating ensemble members for 2016 are Jasmin Dwyer, Jack Gibbs, Timothy Szczepkowki-Collins and Chantelle van der Hoek.

Jasmin Dwyer started ballet classes at two and a half, even though her parents had no idea where the idea came from! She began her early training in Newcastle and since then has visited more than 50 countries and danced overseas. This is Jasmin's second year working with the Dance Education Ensemble.

Jack Gibbs began his full time ballet training in 2011. he has performed with Queensland Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Melbourne Dance Theatre. This is Jack's first year with the Dance Education Ensemble and first time visit to Bundanon.

Timothy Szczepkowski-Collins graduated from the Australian Ballet School in 2010 and is a seasoned choreographer, having created his own for festivals and events as well as performing pieces in Australia and overseas by choreographers such as Xin Peng Wang, Christian Spuck , Anna Vita and Louis Stiens.

Chantelle van der Hoek started with swing dancing, but after seeing a ballet performance decided it was the style for her! She was accepted into the Australian Ballet School and graduated at the end of 2014. Chantelle joined the Dance Education Ensemble in 2015 and is excited for another year of workshops and performances.


2015 RESIDENCY

Bundanon once again hosted the Out There Australian Ballet Dance Ensemble in late August and September. Despite changes in the residency due to flooding, the program of workshops and performances was successfully delivered, reaching over 1,000 primary children in the region. The ensemble members were delighted that students were engaged in the workshops and discussion, demonstration forums, moving, expressing ideas through movement and, learning about different types of dance. Ensemble members were David Bremmer, Jasmin Dwyer, David James and Chantelle van de Hoek.


2014 RESIDENCY

In late August and early September 2014 the talented members of The Australian Ballet's Dance Education Ensemble were in residence at Bundanon to present a series of workshops and performances alongside Bundanon's education team. Led by The Australian Ballet's Director of Education Helen Cameron and Dance Education Ensemble Manager Hayley Arundel, David Bremner, Lily Spencer and Brooke Tytherleigh inspired local school children with the joy of movement and dance. Over 1,000 students from regional schools enjoyed this experience.


2013 RESIDENCY

Bundanon Trust offered this outstanding movement and kinetic literacy program to primary schools students in the Shoalhaven during late August and early September 2013. The program designed for students in the middle- upper primary aged-group,. Led by The Australian Ballet's Director of Education Helen Cameron and Dance Education Ensemble Leader Fi Koski with ensemble members Alistair Stewart, Paris Hodson and Kristopher Yates engaged and appealed to the children regardless of their previous background in dance.


2012 RESIDENCY

For two weeks in August and September Bundanon hosted The Australian Ballet Dance Education Ensemble in residence at Bundanon. Together with Bundanon's education team, the Ensemble took their program to 4 regional schools in the Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven. The program was also conducted on site at Bundanon in the Dorothy Porter Studio.

Out There engaged young people in a range of skill development and expressive activities that highlights the joy of learning dance. The children also created an artwork with Bundanon educators related to the dance workshops. The movement program is informed by the latest research into kinetic literacy, developed and supported by leading Dance Educator, Helen Cameron for The Australian Ballet.

Ensemble members Alexander McKinnon, Hannah Beer and Abigail Oliviero together with dancer Eric Avery inspired hundreds of local school children.


2011 RESIDENCY

Bundanon Trust hosted a successful Out There with The Australian Ballet program during late August and early September 2011. This program was supported by Arts NSW ConnectEd ACCESS funding and Stuarts Coaches Transport sponsorship. During the 2011 program, Two groups of up to 30 children in each school participated in both the movement and visual arts workshops. A number of younger children experienced a classroom visit by the Dance Education Ensemble. A larger group of students from grades three and above participated in the Talking Doing Dancers demonstration and presentation. The visual art workshop experienced by the school children involved the design and production of a theatre stage for a dance production based on one of the four seasons. The children used cardboard sculpture, collage and cut outs and drawing to create their concept. The children were able to relate their art workshop and their movement workshop exploring cross-curriculum links.

Pre-service teachers from the University of Wollongong, Shoalhaven campus, Graduate Diploma of Education- Primary and Secondary- benefitted by a day education program with leading Dance Educator, Helen Cameron from The Australian Ballet. This program is informed by her research into kinetic literacy.

Ensemble members: Alexander McKinnnon, Patrick Meessmann, Hannah Beer, Polly Hilton.


2010 RESIDENCY

Bundanon Trust was Out There with The Australian Ballet in schools during the first two weeks of September 2010 when it brought this nationally recognised education program to over 1100 school children in the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands. The talented members of the Education Ensemble from The Australian Ballet engaged over 1200 primary school students in a rich kinetic literacy and movement workshop program. Education Consultant Helen Cameron conducted professional development for 50 University of Wollongong Grad. Dip Ed. students and lecturers in the Dorothy Porter Studio at Bundanon.

Ensemble members: Adrianne Semmens, Chloe Smith, Dylan Tate, Simone Pulga


2009 RESIDENCY

The Australian Ballet and Bundanon Trust conducted an extremely successful Out There with The Australian Ballet in schools program in the Shoalhaven area during early September 2009. This program, emerging from a new partnership between The Australian Ballet and Bundanon Trust, enabled over 540 primary school students from seven schools to engage in this highly regarded program incorporating complementary visual and kinetic art experience for young people and teachers. This program was generously supported by ArtsNSW ConnectEd funding.

Out There was developed by Helen Cameron, the recipient of the 2008 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education. Artistic personnel including, Adrian Burnett (teacher, choreographer), Paula Baird-Colt (producer and body conditioning specialist) and Robert Curran (Principal Artist and choreographer) have provided input that has captured the imagination of both the male and female participants.

Ensemble members: Adrianne Semmens, April Rose Ferris, Dylan Tate, Simone Pulga