Teaching Faculty

Jasmina Stefkovski

Principal 

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.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

Teaching: 

  • 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

Teacher

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.

Melanie Murphy

Teacher

Melanie grew up in Tamworth NSW and started dancing at age 3. She went to study fulltime Marie Walton Mahon in Newcastle. At age 16 she was accepted into The Australian Ballet School. Upon graduation Melanie was one of the two girls offered a contract with The Australian Ballet Company.

She danced with the company performing numerous roles for seven years; a memorable highlight for Melanie was dancing alongside Sylvia Guillem and Darcey Bussell in William Forsythe’s In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated’.

Upon leaving the ballet company, Melanie continued her passion for dance by teaching and running her own ballet school in NSW. Melanie also gained teaching knowledge and experience by working with The Australian Ballets education and outreach programs as well as Guest Teaching at Queensland University of Technology and Melbourne Ballet Company.

Sophie Briggs

Teacher

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.

Anka Ditmann

Teacher
Anka started dancing at the late age of twelve. She studied with some of the best teachers from Europe and the United States at  Bikurey- Haitim, Bat-Dor and Inbal. She also danced in various companies in Israel which where Tamar & Inbar (folk), Inbalit (Yamen), Tamar (contemporary), Hacameri (The king and I). Anka is qualified and skilled in teaching classical ballet, pilates, folk/character and contemporary.  Anka’s extensive dance background involves Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Folk, Yamen and Flamenco.

Anka has over 30 years of teaching experience with all levels from pre-school to professional and has worked with and aided hundreds of students in preparing for their RAD and VCE exams, competitions, concerts, auditions and TV shows. She has been teaching ballet (RAD and Vaganova methods) and contemporary (Martha Graham method).

Anka’s qualifications include completing her Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Diploma as well as having previously run her own dance studio. Anka is very passionate about teaching and studied education at Tel-Aviv University, she is currently completing her diploma of Pilates movement therapy and keeping up to date with other industry professional developmental courses.

Anka commence her classical ballet training in Israel in the Vaganova method and then followed onto the RAD, Martha Graham Contemporary method and folk dancing under the following highly respected teachers. In the Vaganova method she studied with Christina Vays (Bikurey- Haitim), Davis Shoure, Alexander Alexandrov, Sergei Lukin (Bat-Dor), Zvi Gotheiner, Amir Kolben and Meir Germanovitch (Tamar). She then continued her studies in the Royal Academy of Dance method under Dalia Koshet (Bat-Dor), whilst also studying the Martha Graham Contemporary technique & methhod with Zozo Kafri (Inbal) and Folk dancing with Illana Gilaad Yamen, Sarah Tchirkasi and  Ilana Kalif (Inbal).

Emily Bleeker

Teacher

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.