Denise Utz

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 Utz

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 Scott

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. 

 

Anna Harutyunyan

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

 

Rani Luther

Rani was born in Melbourne and attended the National Theatre Ballet School before completing her year 7-12 and VCE education at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

Rani’s professional career began with the Kiel Ballet Company, Germany in 1995, before moving to The Netherlands where she danced with world renowned Netherlands Dance Theatre 2 and Netherlands Dance Theatre 1, performing and touring all over Europe and internationally.

In 2003, Rani returned home to dance with The Australian Ballet Company for four years and then joined the Sydney Dance Company in 2007 for two years. Rani has been Principal Dancer with the Melbourne Ballet Company from 2009 to 2011.

Rani has had the great pleasure of working with and performing words by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Hans Van Manen, Paul Lightfoot, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Graeme Murphy, Meryl Tankard and Steven Heathcote to name a few.

Some highlight performances included dancing the role of Odette/Odile in ‘Swan Lake’ and Juliet in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for the Kiel Ballet.

Rani has a Cert IV in Sports Massage and has completed her Pilates Teaching Course in Mat and Reformer and a Cert IV Registered Training and Assessing course and a Small Business Continuing Education course at UNSW.

In 2012, she was a part of the founding team of teachers and course coordinators of the Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) Classical Contemporary Course at Brent Street Studios.

In 2016, Rani choreographed her debut ballet for the Melbourne Ballet Company titled ‘Illuminate’.

 

Jennifer Bels

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 Carroll

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.

 

Yennah Chang

Yennah began ballet classes with Denise Utz at age 8 and has completed all of her Cecchetti ballet exams up to and including Advanced 2. Yennah has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical and has performed in many winning Eisteddfod troupes and as a soloist. She has received awards for her choreography including 1st place at the Cecchetti Choreographic Competition in 2012. At the 2016 Global Dance Convention, Yennah was awarded a one month Summer Intensive scholarship to dance with Commonality Dance Company in LA in 2017.

Yennah completed a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) Classical and Contemporary at Brent Street Studios full time in 2017.

 

Charlotte Brogan

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.

 

Brooke Losco

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 Parker

Bio to be updated shortly

 

Student Teachers

  • Lucinda Noble

Student Assistants

  • Caitlin Arnold
  • Allison Goh
  • Vivienne Lee
  • Alexia Vaggis