Anne Dyer ARAD
Anne Dyer has had an amazing career as an accomplished ballet dancer and teacher.
After studing the R.A.D. Syllabi and Solo Seal, she spent 9 months at the Covent Garden Dance Centre, (now called Pineapple Studios) London, polishing her technique.
After which she then spent 11 years as a professional ballet dancer in Belgium and France.
Anne has taught at Brent St, NAISDA (National Aboriginal Islander Dance Assoc), Dancenter HCM Vietnam and in Jakarta, Indonesia, to name a few schools .
Anne is an accomplished Pianist, Ballroom, Latin and Flamenco Dancer . Yoga and Pilates are a strong focus in her daily lifestyle.
Anne is an RAD mentor to new teachers embarking upon a career in teaching the art of Ballet.
Anne is the founder and principal of Dance Star and after more than 34 years of teaching she continues to pass on her knowledge and love of dance to her students.
Damien Grima began his training at the age of six, at Theatre Arts Mackay under the direction of Lynette Denny. Starting with tap, he then moved onto all styles including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Drama and Singing. After completing his CSTD Gold Cross and RAD Intermediate exams he then moved to Melbourne to train at the Australian Ballet School. Here he also performed some small roles with the Company. Damien’s first full time dance job was with Princess Cruises, which resulted in a few fill in contracts in the years that followed. In between these Damien worked as a commercial dancer for ads in Taiwan, Star Struck on Ch 9, The Helpmann Awards as well as two contracts with Opera Australia. He also spent some time in England performing an U.K Tour of Copacabana and as Dance Captain for Potters Theatre Company. Damien also spent a few years training in Ballroom and Latin, and choreographed a piece for Short, Sweet and Dance combining Ballroom with contemporary. He now trains the full time students at Mango Dance Studio.
Born in Newcastle, Veronica studied ballet with her mother, Marie Walton- Mahon. In 1996 Veronica won the Gold Medal at the Genee Awards and subsequently joined the Australian Ballet School on a full scholarship. During her 3rd Year at School, Veronica toured with the Australian Ballet Company. After the tour Veronica was offered a contact with the company. Veronica graduated with Dux of the Year and joined the Australian Ballet Company in 2000. During her first year with the company she was fortunate enough to perform ‘Swanhilda’ in Coppellia with the Dancers Company, during her time with the company she also performed in ballets such as Divergence, Beyond Bach, Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker, Swan Lake and many more. After leaving the company in 2004, she travelled overseas and performed with Ballet Ireland and The Atlantic Southeast Ballet Company in South Carolina, USA. After finessing her balletic ability and her knowledge of dance both in Australia and around the world it was inevitable that she would find herself back at the school where it all began. It became apparent to Veronica and all around her that she loved teaching and imparting that wealth of knowledge onto students. Veronica became a member of the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy and National College of Dance where she taught students ranging from Pre- Primary to Solo Seal.
An opportunity arose in 2007 to join Sydney Dance Company. During this time Veronica was fortunate to work with such inspirational choreographers as Merryl Tankard and Aszure Barton who she feels had a significant impact on her as a dancer. Veronica continued to teach and choreograph at the Marie Walton- Mahon Dance Academy and National College of Dance under the careful eye of two of Australia’s best, Marie Walton-Mahon and Brett Morgan. Veronica assisted Marie Walton with the pilot of the new Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate and Solo Seal. In 2011, Veronica got offered a fabulous opportunity to work with Mod Dance company alongside Graeme Murphy for the production of Suite Synergy. Since the completion of her contract Veronica has decided to hang her ballet shoes up and to concentrate solely on teaching. She now freelance teachers at various schools throughout Sydney.
Phoebe was trained by Tanya Pearson at The Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy. She has trained in the RAD (receiving high distinctions for all exams), Vaganova and Cecchetti methods. During her training she received invaluable performance and competition experience, some highlights being:
- 2009 RAD Bursary winner
- 2009 S.O.D.A Intermediate Scholarship winner
- 2009 Cecchetti competition Gold medal winner
- 2009 top 10 finalist for both solo and Pas de Deux at Youth America Grand Prix
- 2010 Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Scholarship winner City of Sydney Eisteddfod (awarded full scholarship to The Australian Ballet School)
- Sydney City Youth Ballet: Cinderella in Cinderella 2010
- Sydney City Youth Ballet: Clara and the Sugarplum fairy in The Nutcracker 2009
- The Australian Ballet School: Mietta fairy (soloist role) in The Sleeping Beauty 2011
Phoebe took time away from ballet to pursue other interests such as photography and art. On her return to the ballet world Phoebe discovered her true passion lies in teaching where she hopes to pass on to her students, her commitment to artistry, strong technique and performance.