ISS2023 – GUEST FACULTY

Jane Devine

Jane was born in Zimbabwe and was accepted into The Royal ballet School in 1972. In 1973 she won the Adeline Genee Gold Medal and in 1974 was offered a place in The Royal Ballet Company, Covent Garden. Whilst there, she worked with some of the great choreographers of the time including Kenneth Macmillan, Sir Frederick Aston and Glen Tetley. In 1981, she joined English National Ballet where she danced many leading roles including Odile in Swan Lake, Zebiode in Scheherazade, Red Lady in Sanguine Fan. 

Jane later went on to direct and run her own fitness company in Berkshire in the UK and become one of the country’s validated organisation for Fitness Teacher Training.

She is also a qualified Yoga instructor having studied at the Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Centre in the Bahamas. Jane returned to the Royal Ballet School as the Public Relations Officer in 1996 and was responsible for the marketing and media representation of the school. 

Jane is also very interested in the psychological aspects required and works towards guiding dancers on an educated, responsible and self-empowered journey of their own careers. 

Paul Boyd

Paul has received the German Critics Award for ‘Best Up and Coming Artist in Europe’ and ‘Best Established Artist in Europe’ while as a dancer in Düsseldorf. Paul made Guest appearances in America, Israel, Germany, Italy, Mote Carlo, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and France. In 1993, Paul danced the title role in Youri Vamos’s version of Spartacus at the Summer Arts Festival in the Arena di Verona, Italy. His extensive repertoire included Principal roles with all the major classics and works danced from international choreographers including Jiri Kylian, Matz Ek, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Roland Petit and other distinguished choreographers. Paul is currently a Freelance Choreographer and Coach in Australia as well as a teacher at the Queensland Ballet Academy. 

He has been Guest Teacher/Choreographer for the Royal Ballet School in London, Kong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Assessor and Teacher for the Graduate College of Dance Perth, Guest Choreographer with The Australian Ballet’s Bodytorque season in 2005 and has recently worked in Perth with the Graduate College, and Sydney City Youth Ballet with the new full-length production of Polar Express. 

Sian Sherwood

Sian began dancing at age 4 in QLD, studying Royal Academy of Dance Ballet, CSTD Tap, Jazz and Theatrical genres. In 2010 Sian and her family moved to Sydney where she began dance training at the Macarthur Ballet Studio, taking classes in RAD Ballet, Character, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary. Sian completed her RAD Grades and Vocational levels to Advanced 2, gaining a Distinction for each exam.    

In 2017, Sian moved to Melbourne to take up her place in the Victorian State Ballet’s Pre-Professional program. She gained knowledge of the Company’s full repertoires of Gabriel, The Magic Toy Shop, Snow White and Cinderella. Sian was also part of the Victorian State Ballet’s Australian Premiere of Le Corsaire.  

After returning home Sian successfully completed a certification in Progressing Ballet Technique and Ready Set Dance. She has also successfully completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance. 

Sophia Ndaba

Sophia is a graduate of The McDonald College and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), having qualified with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Her credits include performing for Shaun Parker & Company, La Fura Dels Baus & Opera Australia, Force Majeure, Ensemble Offspring, Britta Lieberknecht & Company and Australian independent choreographers Melanie Lane, Victoria Hunt, Martin Del Amo and Anton.

After moving to Berlin in 2016, Sophia joined Clark’s world tour of Death Peak Live, Dj Bobo’s Kaleidoluna European tour and Lena Meyer Landrut’s Only Love European tour.

Sophia is a founding member of the KDV Ensemble and the Dance Makers Collective. As a model, Sophia’s credits include her work in Australian Fashion Week 2021, Adidas, Deichmann, Wizz Air, Zalando, Shiseido, C&A, Style Bop and Vogue Germany.  

Sophia’s choreographic work includes solo commission: In The Light of a Shadow presented by Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, TVCs for Best & Less, Virgin Australia and TV series PARA Wir sind King. 

Kristen Hockley

Kristen started in Year 7 at The McDonald College and was a member of the ballet and dance streams. She then discovered a love of musical theatre, teaching and choreography and has since turned that passion into her career.

Kristen is currently the Dance Development Officer for Sports Tots, a program she has developed, providing dance education to early childhood centres. Along with this, she is a trained READY SET DANCE and READY SET BALLET teacher and assistant choreographer for City Kids Theatre’s productions. Kristen has choreographed Miranda Musical Society’s Beautiful, The Carole King Musical and Engadine Musical Society’s Jersey Boys.

Kristen’s performance credits include featured dancer roles in Priscilla to Moulin Rouge, Folies Bergere and Grease Fever with Davin Griffith-Jones Productions. Other highlights include roles in Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical, Aladdin and Lion King with City Kids Theatre, Footloose with Loud Theatre Company, and Wizard of Oz with Spot on Productions.   

Lindsay Ellman-Brown

Lindsay trained at the Royal Academy of Dance, achieving a Licentiate and Diploma in Dance Teaching.

She performed in, choreographed, and produced several classical full-length ballets for the National Ballet of Zimbabwe. In 2003 Lindsay immigrated to Australia, and completed a Masters in Dance Teaching at QUT.

Lindsay became an Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance in 1999 and has travelled the world examining, teaching workshops and examination preparation classes for both students and teachers.

She currently teaches at The McDonald College in the vocational levels of Classical Ballet and provides private lessons to our senior classical students.