Faculty

Andrea Etheridge ARAD BFA CBTS

Principal and Artistic Director
Ballet Teacher, Private Coaching
Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance
Licensed Silver Swans Ballet Instructor (Royal Academy of Dance)
Current Member of Royal Academy of Dance Queensland Advisory Panel
Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies - Royal Academy of Dance
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance - University of Arizona - studied ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, dance history, fine arts management, music, nutrition, teaching methods, dance injury prevention, biomechanics, and choreography
Full University of Arizona Scholarship for International Students during all 4 years of the program
Awarded University of Arizona Dance Dept. Outstanding Senior of the Year in 2005
Further training and performance experience in the United States with The Boston Conservatory and River North Chicago Dance Company
Performance highlights include works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Sam Watson, Melissa Lowe, James Clouser, Susan Quinn, Michael Williams, Amy Ernst, Sherry Zunker and David Berkey
Soloist Ballet and Contemporary Dancer in Rome and Civitavecchia, Italy with Clifton Brown
Performed with Royal Caribbean Productions and Celebrity Cruises
Performed in Singapore for AKS LivEvent
Advanced Ballet Certificate – Royal Academy of Dance
Advanced Jazz and Tap Certificates – Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association
Early training and performance experience in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Rebecca Jorgensen

Ballet & Contemporary Teacher, Private Coaching
Rebecca joined the HDA teaching faculty in 2017.

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) teaching qualification (2019)
Member of the RAD Queensland Regional Advisory Panel (2020)
Graduated from studying Dance Performance at Queensland University of Technology with a scholarship.

RAD Advanced 2 exam (2016)
Alumni of HDA, training background in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz & elite gymnastics.
Rebecca is passionate about teaching dance and enjoys witnessing the developmental journey all students experience throughout their dance career. Each student is different and Rebecca strives to challenge and support the growth of every dancer!

Grace Buchanan

Contemporary Teacher, Private Coaching
An alumni of HDA, Grace joined the teaching faculty in 2019.
Grace completed her Diploma of Dance (Classical Contemporary) and Certificate IV in teaching and management at Transit Dance in Melbourne. Through this, Grace was featured in works by Paul Malek, Daniel Jaber, Adam Wheeler, Lauren Langlois and Tara Samaya. She also performed Garry Stewart (Australian Dance Theatre) Repertoire. Grace performed with Stephanie Lake Company in the production of Colossus for the Melbourne Fringe festival, and with Transit Dance Origins Company in Animaux. Grace also attended multiple secondments with Dance North in Townsville and Australian Dance Collective in Brisbane, and featured in the Dustin Tebbutt ‘Love is Blind’ and Abbey Stone ‘Love Yourself’ music videos. Grace’s choreographic highlight has been creating the work ‘Drip’ as a part of the 2019 Melbourne Fringe festival.
Grace also has her Diploma of Studio Rehabilitation Pilates through Polestar Pilates.
She achieved her RAD Advanced 2 in 2015 with HDA and has a background of ballet, contemporary and jazz.
Grace loves teaching contemporary at HDA because she believes in the balance of technicality and creativity of contemporary dance, and that, when achieved, can invoke powerful emotions and expressions that words simply cannot. She hopes to share this passion and technical foundation to every HDA student.

Charlotte Schmidt

Jazz Teacher, Private Coaching
Charlotte joined the HDA faculty in 2020.
Currently studying Masters of Teaching at QUT and RAD teacher's course through QUT.
Graduated from a Bachelor in Fine Arts- Dance (Distinction) at QUT (2018).
Currently works as a dancer/ suit performer at Dreamworld Australia.
Trained at HDA from the age of 3-18yrs in all styles (ballet, contemporary, jazz & tap).
Travelled to Timor Leste in 2018 with QUT to teach English through dance, as well as perform.
Charlotte is excited to help the HDA students develop their skills, technique and strength in the genre of jazz. She is passionate about developing her students' stylistic choices when experimenting with different choreography, and aims to assist students improve their ability to pick up new choreography quickly. One of her main goals is to see each student walk away from their lessons feeling a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment through being challenged, working hard, and having fun!

 

 

 

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