Denise began her ballet training in Ballarat, Victoria from age 8, completing all levels up to Advanced 2 in the International Cecchetti Method. She was fortunate to study with the eminent teacher and examiner Athol Willoughby OAM who was a student of Madam Lucy Saranova, herself a pupil of Maestro Enrico Cecchetti, after whom this teaching method was devised. At age 14, Denise was awarded a ballet scholarship by Madam Saranova to continue her studies. She also added Jazz and Spanish dancing to her repertoire.
Whilst completing her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education, Denise, under Mr Willoughby’s tutelage gained her Associate teaching qualification in the Cecchetti Menthod and opened her first school on the Gold Coast. After marriage and a family, Denise moved to Sydney and gained her Associate Diploma Certificate IV opening the current School in 1993.
Denise has also choreographed for several Musicals for High Schools and Musical Societies including Mame, The Boyfriend, Sound of Music and The Fantastiks.
Annabel has trained in all styles of dance since 5 years of age. She completed all Cecchetti Ballet exams up to and including Advanced 2 with honours. In 2003, she was awarded the Big Brother Movement’s Classical Ballet Scholarship of $6000 to travel to the UK to further her dancing. In 2004, she gained her Associate teaching qualification with Cecchetti Ballet Australia, and Associate Diploma Certificate IV following that. In 2013, she successfully was awarded the Licentiate qualification.
Following completion of the HSC Dance course, Annabel received an invitation to perform her Major Performance piece at Callback at the Sydney Opera House.
Annabel has also received awards for her choreography from a young age and continues to choreograph successful solo and troupe routines for competitions including a winning lyrical solo routine at Sydney Eisteddfod.
Kaela began her dance training in Goulburn at the age of 2 before travelling to Sydney to attend classes at the McDonald College and Brent Street. At age seventeen, Kaela established her first performing arts school in Goulburn and then a secondary studio in Crookwell. After 6 years she closed her school and travelled the world working as a dancer and model at the following places:
Disneyland Park (L.A)- Character work, Dancer, Singer), Universal Studios (Dancer, performer) Movie world (Dancer, Performer), Kelly Rowland SYTYCD (Dancer), Opening Ceremony 2000 Olympics (Dancer), Corporate events and charity fundraisers (Dancer), Miss World Australia (Choreographer), Miss Galaxy international (Choreographer), Miss Global friendship (choreographer) Victoria Beckham Fashion show (Choreographer), South Africa World cup 2010 (Choreographer), Raiderettes (NRL Cheerleading) . Kaela also won Miss Australia on three occasions and represented Australia in well known beauty pageants and is still heavily involved in the Miss World Australia Pageant.
Kaela also developed her own program called Confi-dance and has a book in the works.
Her qualifications include: BA Dance and Physical Ed , Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management- Classical, Jazz, Tap (ADV/ADi),Level 5 Gymnastics coach (Gymnastics Australia), Cheerleading Coach (Gymnastics Australia), American Trained cheerleading stunts coach, Cert IV Dance (Brent St), Cert in Ballet teaching Studies (RAD), Completely trained ‘Acrobatic arts’ coach, Progressing Ballet Technique coach, NLP Master trainer, Cert III & IV in fitness, Cert IV in personal training , Cert III Nutrition.
Kaela loves to use her knowledge of psychology and Coaching to bring out the best in each dancer.
Diploma of Classical Ballet in the Vaganova Syllabus from the Yerevan Choreographic Arts College, Armenia. Professional dancer with the Spendiarov Theatre of Opera & Ballet dancing many leading roles including: Giselle, Clara & the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Kitri (Don Quixote) & Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). Ballet Teacher
Jennifer has trained in all styles of dance completing all CDA Jazz levels and up to Supreme Tap in FATD. Jennifer also has a Diploma of Graphic Design. Jennifer’s passion is Hip Hop and she has traveled to the USA many times on dance tours to further expand her teaching and dancing.
Blake started dancing at the age of 5 years in Tap, Jazz and lyrical. He has competed in many competitions, Scholarships & Showcase National Dance Championships. Blake has also performed in Fashion Parades, Christmas Shows and The Schools Spectacular. Blake completed all his Exams in Jazz & Tap ATOD and Tap BAL. He went on to complete his Full time training at ED5 International under the direction of William A Forsythe and Elena De Cinque, gaining a Diploma in Performing Arts. Blake has performed at events such as the Premiers Concert, Arnott’s Gala Ball, Luna Park and has been in 2 musicals with Regals Musical Society.
Charlotte began ballet classes with Denise Utz at age 5, completing all of her Cecchetti ballet exams up to and including Advanced 2. In 2015, she was awarded Senior Student of the Year after performing the title role in Alice in Wonderland. Charlotte is completing her final year at University studying a Bachelor of Planning.
Dance has been Brooke’s passion from the age of 9. She is trained in Classical Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Jazz. She has been fortunate to be taught by outstanding teachers and role models who have passed on their life long love of this art form. A highlight for her was attending Newtown Performing Arts High School. On a daily basis she was able to work with industry professionals both domestically and internationally who conducted master classes in a range of styles. She was honoured to rank in the top performance band for her HSC Dance and receive three callbacks from the NSW Department of Education for her major, core and composition performances. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Management at the University of Technology.
Ellen began dancing with Denise Utz at age 4 and has completed all her Cecchetti Ballet Exams, including Advanced 2. In 2012, she auditioned and was accepted into the Australian Ballet Interstate Training Program, travelling to Melbourne for the next three years to participate in intensive classes. Ellen has successfully participated in many ballet programs and competitions, as a soloist and as a member of troupes. In both 2016 and 2018 she was awarded the the Ballet Majors award at Denise Utz School of Dance. She is currently studying for a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Sydney. In mid 2019 Ellen will be venturing to New York to participate in the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Summer Conservatory.
Krystal is a trained dancer, singer and actress. She has extensive experience in the performing arts industry having been on stage since the age of three. She is trained in classical ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, tap and highland dancing.
Krystal grew up in Gunnedah where she trained- and then taught- at Totally Dance Studios. This is where Krystal’s passion for teaching derived from.
In 2014, she auditioned for Brent Street and was accepted into their 2015 Certificate IV in Dance (Triple Threat) Course. She moved to Sydney in 2015 to further her dance education at Brent Street and began working at Luna Park as a performer.
Krystal has spent the last three years teaching at schools and workshops throughout Sydney. She has also performed at events including the opening of the ALARA conference, the 2016 Business Awards and Toni and Guy’s “Culture Shock.” She also continues to perform at Luna Park on weekends and throughout school holidays.
Krystal is thrilled to be joining the team at Denise Utz School of Dance and cannot wait to share her passion for dance with everyone there.
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