Our Teachers

Our Teachers

Lani McGeady

Principal

Licentiate Diploma CBA CICB Cert iv

Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management

Lani McGeady

Principal

Licentiate Diploma CBA CICB Cert iv

Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management

Winner of 2016 Dance Teacher Awards

Trained in Melbourne by Miss Shirley Jones, Lani McGeady has continued to educate herself in the Cecchetti Syllabus as well as all genres of dance, recently completing her anatomy and history component and receiving her Licentiate Diploma.

Miss Lani's passion is to see dance available for rural children in all areas and to offer as many opportunities to our country children as possible, opportunities that their city cousins enjoy. Each year Miss Lani gives out between 6-12 invitations for formal training in the form of scholarships and partial scholarships to children who show potential for classical ballet. To see these children and their families travel to Perth, interstate and even overseas, and to open up their worlds to a wealth of experiences and opportunities, is very rewarding.

Miss Lani chooses the music, themes, costumes and choreographs the items for all RDSWA concerts, overseeing the training and direction of all the schools and the children, intent on continuing to spead the love of dance and quality tuition to children in rural areas.

Bonnie McGeady

Lyrical and Jazz Teacher, Competition Choreographer

Bachelor of Arts (DANCE) WAAPA

Bonnie has just returned home after being away for 7 months on her first contract as a dancer for Royal Caribbean. Performing on the Explorer of the Seas Bonnie travelled to Alaska, Canada, San Francisco, Hawaii and the South Pacific. On this ship she performed three production shows including Invitation to Dance an exciting ballroom show, Wild Cool and Swinging and Fast Forward the 80s jazz inspired show. In 2017 Bonnie Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and also received the 2017 Palisade Award. This award is given to the outstanding graduate based on WAM scores, ability and artistry, technical facility and potential. Prior to her years at WAAPA, Bonnie trained under her mother Lani McGeady at Toodyay Ballet School since the age of 2. Growing up Bonnie regularly competed at competitions regionally and nationally. Some highlights included Senior Theatrical State Champion, Outstanding Dancer of the Festival, Janet Hazel Choreography Award, Highest Score in Pro/Am at Showcase Nationals, Theatrical Scholarship Winner 2011 & 2014 and Best Choreography Award at Mandurah Festival.  She regularly teaches at TBS and loves to watch all the children grow as performers and people

Sarah Mitchell

Guest Classical Ballet Teacher

Sarah Mitchell

Guest Classical Ballet Teacher

Advanced Diploma of Dance (NTBS)

Sarah began her dance training in Wongan Hills where she discovered a passion for ballet. She trained with Lani McGeady at the Toodyay Ballet School where she learnt the Cecchetti ballet syllabus along with many other styles of dance including jazz, acrobatics, contemporary and tap. In 2005 at age 12 Sarah was accepted into the WA Young Dancers Youth Ballet Company and then in 2006 joined the Australian Ballet Schools Interstate Junior Program.

 

Sarah then moved to Perth to further her ballet studies where she attended the Kim Baker Ballet Academy and learnt the Vaganova ballet syllabus. In 2011 Sarah was accepted into the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne where, after 3 years of full time training and performing, she received her Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance). Whilst at the NTBS Sarah performed in many styles including ballet (RAD syllabus), contemporary, flamenco, jazz and tap. Some of her leads roles included Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Arabian Princess in The Nutcracker, Soloist in Matthew Thompsons De-classification and Rite of Spring, Prayer in Coppelia, Fiancé and Russian Princess in Swan Lake.

 

In 2016, Sarah moved to London where she combined the wide variety of syllabus and styles of dance she had learnt to become a diverse and passionate teacher. Sarah spent 2.5 years in London teaching a variety of ages from 6 months to adults in many different genres of dance. Sarah has recently returned to Western Australia and has become a qualified acrobatics teacher and can’t wait to continue to share her knowledge and love of dance with her students.

© 2016 by Lani and Bonnie McGeady

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