Principal - Miss Lani McGeady (Lic Dip)CBA CICB
Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management
Recipient of 2016 WA Dance Teacher Award.
Trained in Melbourne by Miss Shirley Jones, Lani McGeady has continued to educate herself in the Cecchetti Syllabus as well as all genres of dance. She holds a Diploma in Dance Teaching and management and recently completed her anatomy and history component to receive her Cecchetti Licentiate Diploma.
Miss Lani's passion is to see dance available for rural children in all areas and to offer as many opportunities to our country children as possible, opportunities that their city cousins enjoy. Each year Miss Lani gives out between 6-12 invitations for formal training in the form of scholarships and partial scholarships to children who show potential for classical ballet. To see these children and their families travel to Perth, interstate and even overseas, and to open up their worlds to a wealth of experiences and opportunities, is very rewarding.
Miss Lani chooses the music, themes, costumes and choreographs the items for all RDSWA concerts, overseeing the training and direction of all the schools and the children, intent on continuing to spead the love of dance and quality tuition to children in rural areas.
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Sarah Mitchell Advanced Diploma of Dance (NTBS)
Sarah began her dance training in Wongan Hills where she discovered a passion for ballet. She trained with Lani McGeady at the Toodyay Ballet School where she learnt the Cecchetti ballet syllabus along with many other styles of dance including jazz, acrobatics, contemporary and tap. In 2005 at age 12 Sarah was accepted into the WA Young Dancers Youth Ballet Company and then in 2006 joined the Australian Ballet Schools Interstate Junior Program.
Sarah then moved to Perth to further her ballet studies where she attended the Kim Baker Ballet Academy and learnt the Vaganova ballet syllabus. In 2011 Sarah was accepted into the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne where, after 3 years of full time training and performing, she received her Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance). Whilst at the NTBS Sarah performed in many styles including ballet (RAD syllabus), contemporary, flamenco, jazz and tap. Some of her leads roles included Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Arabian Princess in The Nutcracker, Soloist in Matthew Thompsons De-classification and Rite of Spring, Prayer in Coppelia, Fiancé and Russian Princess in Swan Lake.
In 2016, Sarah moved to London where she combined the wide variety of syllabus and styles of dance she had learnt to become a diverse and passionate teacher. Sarah spent 2.5 years in London teaching a variety of ages from 6 months to adults in many different genres of dance. Sarah has recently returned to Western Australia and has become a qualified acrobatics teacher and can’t wait to continue to share her knowledge and love of dance with her students.