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Bachelor of elite performance

Liz studied classical ballet at The McDonald College of Performing Arts in Sydney. At the age of 16 moved to Switzerland with the Ballettschule Theatre Basel. She has performed widely around Europe and most recently performed as an artist with the Vienna State Opera. Liz found offerings to dance in New York, Vienna, The Netherlands, Germany, and Australia.

Liz has completed all grades of RAD with Distinction and found her passion for teaching after having worked with world renowned dancers and choreographers. Liz has enjoyed over 5 years of a professional ballet career, and 3 years of classical ballet teaching and coaching experience. Liz is very excited to continue to enjoy and inspire every dance student.

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Ballet is a traditional art, but we no longer need to be traditional in the way we teach. Everyone is capable of achieving the same ability, all you must do is begin.
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Madeleine Eastoe

Former Principal dancer with The Australian Ballet

Madeleine began dancing at the age of 6, in Perth Western Australia. She moved across to Melbourne to join the Australian Ballet School from 1994-1996, graduating into The Australian Ballet Company in 1997. She was promoted to Principal Artist in 2004, dancing the role of 'Giselle’ in Maina Guielgud’s production.
 
Experiencing Ballet as a performer opened Madeleine's world up to a most beautiful art form and it is through teaching and coaching students and dancers of the future that she hopes to pass on her knowledge and experience.

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We are happy to have Maddie as a permanent teacher at Pointe Nation.

 
Of her many highlights, Madeleine has a fondness for Graeme Murphy’s ‘Swan Lake’, Sir Peter Wright’s ‘Nutcracker’, Alexi Ratmansky’s ‘Cinderella’, as well as the collection of works by Australian choreographer, Steven Baynes.

Rosemary Robenn 

RAD teaching certificate, examiner, registered teacher of the PBT Program

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Rosemary is a passionate teacher sharing over 50 years of experience. Beginning when training with Pamela Shield in Sydney. In 1970 joined Qld Ballet Company on tour for Coppélia, which is where she met her husband, NZ Ballet dancer Waynne Robenn. Rosemary has extensive experience choreographing and producing several full length ballets.

In 2003, Rosemary was invited to teach at Kondo Ballet Studio in Japan for 6 months, which was an amazing experience for her. She has been back several times since to guest teach. After returning from Japan, Rosemary held the position of Senior Teacher at Elancé Adult Ballet School in Melbourne for 12 years, which included the development of a 12 month program for beginners as well as teacher training. Since 2016, she has been working as a freelance teacher, with the PBT program and all levels of ballet.

As part of her philosophy that the joy of ballet should be available to everyone, she is developing an innovative program for blind students and has found working with them an inspiration. She has RAD teaching certificate during the several years she taught for RAD examiner, Prudence Bowen in Sydney. Rosemary is also a registered teacher of the Progressing Ballet Technique program and finds it an invaluable complement to students’ ballet training. 

Aside from ballet, Rosemary has 3 children and 4 grandchildren, rides a motorcycle, has been skydiving and loves to travel when she can. And is still trying to master Japanese!

Rachael McGowan

RAD Examiner

BA (Hons) Ballet Education, RAD RTS, LRAD (1&2), Cert IV Pilates (PAA)

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Originally from England, Rachael graduated from the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Ballet Education degree program and the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance at the Academy’s headquarters in London, England.

Whilst studying here, Rachael had the opportunity to work as an assistant alongside world-renowned Royal Academy of Dance Examiners and Teachers as part of the Dance School. Rachael has gone on to teach throughout the UK, Canada, America and now Australia, successfully preparing hundreds of students, both children and adults, for RAD examinations as well as training dancers for full time vocational schools, youth companies and associate programs.

Rachael specialises in teaching the vocational levels and teaching adults. Choreography, especially for large events, makes up a significant part of Rachael’s work and she has had the privilege of working with a live orchestra for both the 2011 and 2012 Proms in the Meadow. Rachael has also choreographed for festivals and eisteddfods, charity events and more recently full length classical productions as Ballet Mistress for a Canadian youth company.

Having sustained a serious injury, Rachael has since developed a passion for Dance Science and now also teaches practical based Anatomy and Physiology classes to her students. Rachael is a qualified Mat and Reformer Pilates instructor as well as a qualified teacher of the Progressing Ballet Technique program. Rachael regularly attends courses with Lisa Howell, The Australian Ballet and IADMS, strongly believing that as teachers, our responsibility is to prepare dancers not just for the current season but for a life time of dance. Rachael has been a member of the RAD Victorian Tasmanian panel since 2015. In June 2018 Rachael was appointed to the Panel of RAD Examiners, examining throughout Australia and internationally.


Abby Knight

Western Michigan University, Bachelor of arts

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Abby grew up in Detroit, Michigan, USA where she began dancing at the age of two. Ever since she was two years old Abby has loved dancing. All throughout her school years she danced competitively in numerous compeitions across the United States, as well as participated in many summer intensives. Including the Rockette Summer Intensive in New York City and the School of Rock Ballet Intensive in Philadelphia. Abby earned many awards during her compeition years, and participated in many ballets, such as 'The Nutcracker' where she was cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy. 

Abby continued her dance career as she attended the University of The Arts in Philadelphia on scholarship. Later on Abby transferred to Western Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance. While at Western Michigan University, Abby was also apart of the Western Michigan Dance Team, where she received awards including 'Top Dancer' of her Dance Team. 

After University, Abby pursued her degree through teaching at many dance studios of students of all ages. Abby also continued on to earn her barre certfication. Since earning her barre certifcation she has fallen in love with the fitness formart of barre classes, combining her passion of dance and fitness into one class. 

Since recenlty relocating to Australia Abby hopes to continue dancing, teaching dance, and instructing barre classes. With Abby's vast knowledge of dance and fitness she hopes to continue to spread her passion while here in Australia.