Teaching Faculty

Jasmina Stefkovski


Jasmina has been a part of the dance industry for over 29 years,  she commenced her training as a student at the National Theatre Ballet School and the Australian Ballet School.  Jasmina been trained in many dance styles with specialist teachers, choreographers and industry professionals from some of the world’s top dance companies, including The Australian Ballet, Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Nederlands Dance Theatre and many more.

Her classical ballet training in the Vaganova, RAD and  Borovansky methods were mentored by some of the best teachers in the world including;

  • Marilyn Jones OBE, Australian Prima Ballerina
  • Leigh Rowles, Australian Ballet School’s head of student training, Australian Ballet
  • Eileen Tasker ARAD, OAM, Borovansky Ballet (Now known as the Australian Ballet)
  • Gailene Stock, Royal Ballet School Director (1999-2013), Australian Ballet School Director (1990-1998), Australian Ballet
  • Ann Jenner, Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet
  • Mark Annear,  Audition Director and Head of Teacher training at the Royal Ballet School, Previous Australian Ballet School Faculty, Australian Ballet
  • Michaela Kirkaldie, Pedagogic Instructor & Specialist Ballet Coach at the Australian Ballet School, Australian Ballet Dancer
  • Mark Brinkley OAM, Australian Ballet
  • Margaret Wilson, Nederlands Dance Theatre
  • Christine Howard, Character Teacher at the Australian Ballet School, Kolobok Company
  • Mary Renouf, Australian Ballet
  • Adrian Fryer, Australian Ballet
  • Rosemarie Starke, Berlin Ballet
  • Joanne Adderely, State Opera Company
  • Beverley Jane Fry, English National Ballet
  • Spencer Parker,English National Ballet
  • Joanne Canning, Australian Ballet
  • Slava Zolminksi, Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet Russia, State Theatre of Gera Germany
  • Xiuyung Tang, National Ballet of China
  • Mary Li, English National Ballet, Houston Ballet

Jasmina has been trained to perfection with an artistic eye and an innovative outlook on performance and choreography, with over 10 years of teaching experience, she devotes her time to technique and style and bringing out the best in her students. Her strengths are Classical ballet, Contemporary and Choreography.



  • Registered Teacher;  Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Certificate of Classical Ballet Teaching Studies (Diploma)
  • Registered Teacher (Associate Status)- Australian Institute of Classical Dance (Borovansky Method)
  • Register & Completed Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (ACB) Teacher Training & Assessment Program  (Pre-primary- Level 4)
  • Affiliate Teacher Status-  Australian Teacher’s Of Dance (A.T.O.D. Ltd.)
  • Registered Teacher – British Ballet Organisation (BBO)
  • Registered Teacher International Character Dance Syllabus
  • Currently studying Bachelor of Arts- Performance Studies

Committees & Panels: 

  • Royal Academy of Dance Vic/Tas Panel representative (4 years) & friend of the panel (2 years)
  • Australian Institute of Classical Dance Committee Member (2015 – present)
  • Ballet Teacher’s Workshop (BTW) Committee member (2012- present)
  • Ballet Teachers’ Workshop- Audition Class Teacher (2012- present)
  • International Association of Dance Medicine & Science Member (2012- present)

To view Miss Jasmina’s Acknowledgement on The Australian Ballet School’s Teacher Recognition Page, please click on the link below. http://www.australianballetschool.com.au/content/supportus/teacherRecognition.html

Alida Segal

Character Lecturer

Alida Segal is regarded as Australia’s most respected dance lecturers and choreographers specialising in National and Character Dance. Graduating from the Moiseyev School of National and Character dance in Moscow, USSR, she has worked with professional companies and leading training institutions as an advisor, teacher and choreographer for more than 30 years.

Her early dance training in Melbourne includes studying classical ballet under Kathleen Gorham, Eileen Tasker, Madame J. Ciunovas and Laurel Marten OBE and Character dance under Madame Marina Berezowsky AM.

Being offered a place at the Victorian College of The Arts, she decided to further her dance training overseas and travelled to Moscow where at the age of 17, Alida graduated with honours from the Moiseyev School of National and Character Dance. She went on to study Teaching Methodology and Choreography and was awarded a Diploma in National and Character Stage Dance from the USSR’s Ministry of Culture. She was later offered a position in Doctorate studies in Choreography at Moscow’s State institute for Performing Arts and was the sole Australian delegate at UNESCO Symposium “Preservation and Development of Folk Dance” held in the USSR.

She has performed across Australia with Kolobok Dance Company and at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow, with the Moiseyev School. Her many teaching and choreographic engagements include The Australian Ballet school (lecturer and member of assessment panel), The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, Shalom Australia Dance Company, the Queensland University of Technology (Dance Department), The Victorian College of the Arts and The National Theatre Ballet School. Also being fluent in both English and Russian she is often called upon to translate and assist visiting Russian teachers and choreographers working in companies and elite training institutions. While Head of Character Dance studies at the VCA & VCASS, her choreography was performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II and on the schools international tours to Scotland, Hong Kong & Singapore. Other engagements include directing, producing and presenting “From Folk Dance to Footlights” for Multicultural Arts Victoria; Assistant Ballet Mistress for VIC Arts Dance Company; Dance Consultant for Monash University (Drama) & VCA (Drama); and her expertise in dance training was sought by Olympic Gold Medal winning skaters Christopher Dean & Jane Torvill.

Currently, as well as teaching & choreographing across Australia, Alida is writing her syllabus and mentoring ballet teachers in the training methods she has developed over the past 35 years.

Alida is the Academies specialist character dance teacher in 2016.

Emma Lippa

Ballet Accompaniment, Solo Pianist & Honoured Artists of Russia

Born in Moscow, Russia, Emma Lippa studied at the Gnesin Institute under the famous artist and teacher Alexander Jocheles. On graduation she began what was to become her renowned career with the Bolshoi Theatre where she was employed as a ballet accompanist playing for classes and rehearsals of the complete repetoire.

In her 28 years with the Bolshoi ballet she worked with many luminaries of the dance world, became chief ballet accompanist and ballet master and performed in many gala concerts throughout Russia and over seas. During this time period Emma toured extensively overseas with the Bolshoi ballet including visits to Australis in 1970 and 1976. She took part in 11 international ballet competitions, 8 of which she was named the best pianist.

Emma joined the Australian Ballet in 1993, after she migrated to Australia under the category of distinguished talent. During her 20 years with the Australian Ballet, Emma played for classes, rehearsals and took part in all repetoire.

Emma;s career includes work with  numerous famous personalities of our time, including Russian composers Khachaturyan, Vlasov, Gavrillin, Shedrin, as well as choreographers Geoffrey (USA), Roland Petit (France), Dame Margaret Scott & David McCallister (Australia).

She was fortunate to accopmany dancing of such outstanding ballet performers as Maya Plisetskaya, Maris Liepa, Vladimir Vasiliev Ekaterina Maksimova, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mao’s Last Dancer Li Cunxin.

Jillanne Reynolds

Classical Lecturer

Jillanne has been teaching for 40 years.

She commenced her early training with the late Ann Roberts FRAD Dual Examiner with the Royal Academy Of Dance, studying Ballet Tap and Jazz. She then went on to study at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane graduating with a Degree in Dance studying Ballet, Contemporary, Anatomy, Music, Benesh Notation, National Dance, Mime and Choreography. While at university she danced professionally with Queensland Opera for their season of Gypsy Barron. It was her passion for teaching that encouraged her take the path to pass on her knowledge to children.

Jillanne’s teaching career began in South Australia travelling to regional areas bringing ballet and dance to isolated students. Her love of teaching then flourished as she returned to Queensland and  successfully operated  a school in Cairns for 23 years teaching ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, song and dance, and national. In 1987, she completed the Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Diploma, achieving Distinction. Her students excelled in their examinations in RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap and Modern and at numerous eisteddfod competitions throughout Queensland. She has choreographed for Choral Society’s productions including Pirates of Penzance produced by Norman Yemm and Fiddler on the Roof.

Past students have been accepted into Australian Ballet School, Hamburg Ballet School, Vienna Opera Ballet School, Brent Street, National Theatre, Dance World 301 and WAPPA. Jillanne has had former students go on to dance with the Australian Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet and in West End Musicals.

In 2000, Jillanne took up a position in Portugal teaching RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap and Modern. Upon returning to Australia her eldest daughter Jade Wood was accepted into the Australian Ballet School. Jade graduated from ABS in 2010 and was offered a contract with Australian Ballet where she continues as a Senior Artist today.

Jillanne was Chairperson of the Victorian/ Tasmanian Royal Academy of Dance Panel from 2008-2010. She began teaching RAD Vocational Graded students at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) in 2009 where she continues today alongside teaching at Melbourne Academy of the Arts.

Jane Inglis-Keen

Classical Lecturer

Jane has been a dance teacher specialising in Classical Ballet since 1997. She studied at the
Victorian College of Arts under Anne Woolliams and the Australian Ballet School graduating witha Diploma of Dance (Distinction). At the ABS, Jane had the incredible opportunity to work and learn from Margaret Scott (Director), Gaileen Stock, Gary Norman, Terri Charleworth, Robert Ray, Leigh Warren, Christine Howard to name a few.

During this time, she received a scholarship to study at the Princess Grace Ballet School in Monaco where she was coached by Marika Besobrasova. She danced with the Australian Ballet Dancers Company then joined The Australian Ballet Company under Maina Gielgud. Jane performed soloist roles including ‘Peasant Pas’ from Giselle and ‘Cupid’
from Don Quixote as well as many other ballets.

After her dancing career, she obtained an Advanced Diploma of Dance Teaching (High Distinction) from the Australian Ballet School under the directorship of Gaileen Stock. She is a qualified and Registered teacher and Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance. Jane has studied the Australian Ballet System Training (Vaganova), International Character Syllabus with Alida Segal, Contemporary dance with Margaret Wilson and Progressing Ballet Technique with Marie Walton-Mahon. She holds a Fitness Instructor Certificate and has a great interest in Pilates and body conditioning. Jane has taught at the Australian Ballet School and has adjudicated for Eisteddfods.

Jane has been a member of the VIC/TAS RAD Panel and the Chairperson from 2011-2014.

Sophie Briggs

Classical, Jazz & Contemporary Lecturer

Sophie began dancing at the age of 3 at the National Theatre Ballet School and went on to dance full time at Dance Factory, training in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop and musical theatre. She began performing professionally at the age of 7 and has worked in corporate entertainment, television and musical theatre. Sophie has worked extensively in children’s entertainment, spending four years as a dancer, diver and aerialist with Tokyo Disney Resort, appearing as well known Disney characters.

Sophie is a qualified Pilates instructor, personal trainer and dance teacher with a lifetime of experience performing and training in dance, Pilates, aerial skills, gymnastics and fitness. With over ten years dance teaching experience, Sophie has Certificates III & IV in Fitness, Certificate IV in Pilates and a Diploma of Studio and Rehabilitation Pilates. She has certifications in barre fitness, classical and fitness Pilates, and pre & post natal Pilates. She was one of the first certified In-Trinity instructors in Australia and has completed Lisa Howell’s Level 1 Dance Teacher & Therapist Training.

Sophie is passionate about sharing the benefits of Pilates with young dancers and using her knowledge of both dance and fitness industries to teach dancers efficient movement and sound dance technique.

Emily Bleeker

Tap Lecturer & Administration 

Emily has been studying dance and performing arts all her life, learning styles such as Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Singing, Drama and Contemporary. Emily has also had a wide variety of performance experience playing lead roles in the Academy’s productions, as well as in youth theatre productions around Victoria.

A student of MA Arts Herself, Emily first joined the MA Arts teaching faculty in 2013 as an assistant teacher, where she gained knowledge and skills to assist her transition into dance teaching in 2014. She has also assisted at MA Arts with administration, choreography, and teaching as part of a Work Experience program.

Currently, alongside her work at MA Arts, Emily is studying a Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, in order to further her knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning. Emily is passionate about dance as well as adolescent and childhood development and aims to create a nurturing and enthusiastic classroom environment in which her students can develop their own passions in dance technique and performance.