Classical Ballet Faculty
Miss Kesby began her training at the McDonald Performing Arts College and then The McDonald College and completed her study at the Australian Ballet School. She worked with the West Australian Ballet touring nationally and internationally before relocating to Europe and dancing professionally for 10 years. Before returning to Australia she completed her RAD Professional Dancer's Teaching Diploma in London with distinction. Miss Kesby travels regularly to international competitions with McDonald College students and has acted as Assistant to the Artistic Director of Premier State Ballet for the last four years.
Born in Sydney, Gina studied at the McDonald College with Josephine Jason and Allan Cross before joining the Australian Ballet School in 1998 and The Australian Ballet in 2001. Gina was promoted to Choryphee in 2005 and soloist in 2007. Gina's career highlights have been: Clara in Sir Peter Wright's Nutcracker, the Firebird in Graeme Murphy's Firebird, Canari fairy/bluebird in Stanton Welch's Sleeping Beauty, Second ballerina in Ballet Imperial by George Balanchine, the Mistress in Manon and various featured roles in Don Quixote, Dyad 1929, Por Vos Meuro, Apollo, Stepping Stones, Rites, The Concert and many more. Gina won the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award in 2006. In 2007 she was Principal Guest Artist with The Dancers Company. In 2009 Gina went to London and Barcelona as Principal Guest Artist with English National Ballet and later that same year in the Fall for Dance Season in New York. In 2010 Gina had the great privilege of performing with David Hallberg in Sir Peter Wright's Nutcracker and Alexander Campbell in Coppelia. Gina retired from The Australian Ballet at the end of 2010.
Lindsay Ellman-Brown - Ballet Teacher and RAD Examiner, Master in Creative Industries (QUT), LRAD ARAD. Lindsay was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and started dancing at the age of 4. As a senior student with the Pat Stirling Academy of Dance, she assisted with junior classes and this fostered her interest in teaching as a career. Lindsay danced with the National Ballet of Zimbabwe for several years before moving to London in 1985 to attend The College of the Royal Academy of Dance from 1985 to 1988 and attained her Diploma and Licentiate in the Teaching of Classical Ballet. She opened her own RAD ballet school in Harare with more than 230 pupils at both Grade and Vocational levels. During this time Lindsay also started teaching and choreographing for the National Ballet of Zimbabwe and was the producer and ballet mistress for numerous ballet seasons and tours. In 1999 Lindsay auditioned successfully to train as a Royal Academy of Dance Graded Examiner and now travels regionally and internationally for the Academy. In 2003, Lindsay moved to Australia to join the faculty at Ecole Ballet and Dance Theatre in Sydney and was appointed as Head Teacher of the Junior School.
Chloe Davies trained, as a child from the age of four, with Ellen Ekers at The Cresent Academy of Theatre Dance in Bedford. Through The Royal Ballet Company's development scheme, Chloe commenced as a junior associate aged seven, securing a place at The Royal Ballet Lower School (White Lodge) three years later. Around that time she attended the RAD summer school and on two consecutive years was awarded scholarships. Chloe's performing career started as early as eight years old when she appeared in Don Quixote on the same bill as Rudolf Nureyev and The Royal Ballet Company's "R B Esque". As a student, she performed on over 100 occasions with The Royal Ballet Company, to include Swan Lake, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker and Symphony in C.
After seven successful years with The Royal Ballet School, Chloe secured a contract with The Royal Ballet Company in 1991, where she performed in around 1,000 of their performances, mainly at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, but also on tour abroad, including Australia, Japan, USA, Russia, Argentina, China, Korea, Kenya and throughout Europe. During this time, she progressed to the position of Soloist and on many occasions performed solo roles in both traditional and contemporary ballets.
Chloe's most prestigious principal role was in "Pavane pour une infante de fante", which she performed at Covent Garden and The Metropolitan Opera House in New York. She also guested with Irek Mukamedov's company at The Sadlers Wells Theatre and on tour in Finland. She also had the great opportunity to work alongside choreographers such as Christopher Wheeledon, Michael Corder, Ashley Page and Twyla Tharp.
Jane Beckett was born in London, and began her dance training at the age of five. She was accepted into the Royal Ballet School at the age of eight. In 1964 her parents immigrated to Melbourne, Australia and Jane continued her balletic studies first at the National Ballet School with Ms. Jean Alexander and then with Ms. Kathleen Gorham. In 1972 Jane was accepted in to the Australian Ballet School. After completing the two year Diploma Course at the ABS and graduating top of her class she joined Ballet Victoria. In 1976 Jane was offered a contract with the Ulmer Theatre Ballet Company in West Germany and danced a variety of genres from ballet, contemporary, operetta through to musical theatre.
She returned to Melbourne, Australia in 1978, and began taking Jazz classes with Mr. Ronne Arnold. During this time Jane danced on the Don Lane Show, Ronnie Corbett specials and various TV Commercials and Club Engagements. She then went on to pursue a career in Musical Theatre appearing in the musicals " The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" "Evita" and "West Side Story". Jane began teaching in 1980, and started choreographing in 1982. Her dance group "State of the Art" won the TV Show 'Star Search' in 1986. She has choreographed for Barry Humphries, John Farnham and the Fabulous Singlettes.
In 1995 Jane was asked by Mr. David Atkins to take on the position of Performing Arts Principal for Dynamite Dance Studios. When Brent Street Studios took over in 1997 she was asked to stay on as Performing Arts Principal. Jane was affiliated with Brent Street Studios until 2005. Since 2006 she has held the position of Head of Dance at The McDonald College. Her Contemporary & Jazz choreography has won First Place for Solos and Groups at various eisteddfods. For the past fifteen years her contemporary solos have been performed by many ballet finalists competing at the McDonald Ballet Scholarship held each year at the Sydney Opera House.
Jane has also provided private coaching for the Prix De Lausanne International Ballet Competition and contemporary solos for the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition.
Graduating from The McDonald College in 2001 Natalie went on to complete a Certificate IV in Performing Arts before earning her qualification as a registered Royal Academy of Dance Ballet teacher. Natalie began her career as a professional dancer performing in a myriad of productions both locally and on the international stage. Her credits include eight years with the ABC Live team, "The Boy From Oz" arena spectacular starring Hugh Jackman, feature films such as "Happy Feet" and "Son of the Mask", extensive work in the children's entertainment industry including multiple national tours with Bananas in Pyjamas and New Macdonald's Farm, "Cabaret 54" tour of Japan, a wide variety of television commercial and music video appearances as well corporate and variety shows.
Natalie is also a multi-title winning Ballroom Dancing champion across a variety of disciplines winning state titles at the NSW Open Championship as well as South Pacific Dancesport Championship and the East Coast Classic Championship.