Our Principal

Kellie

Kellie’s dance journey began at the tender age of 4 where she was one of the founding students at the Marie Walton Mahon School of Dance in Newcastle.

She progressed through the entire Royal Academy of Dance syballus and achieved the highest RAD honour “The Solo Seal” as a 15 year old.

She competed in the acclaimed Genee Ballet Competition at Royal Albert Hall, London as a 15 year old, the youngest performer ever in the 100 plus year history of this prestigious event.

She then travelled extensively performing in London, New York, Europe and Asia before commencing a 3 year stint at sea with Crystal Cruises as dance captain.

She returned to Australia in 1996 and commenced her teaching career in Sydney working with successful dance schools producing talent like the incredible Steven McCrae.

Kellie completed her Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate in 2000 with Distinction and is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.

 

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Kellie has also achieved Grade 5 Classical Piano with Honours and many years of contemporary style vocal training. She is also a fully qualified pilates instructor and maintains her continuing professional development in accordance with the RAD requirements each year.

A ‘sea change’ in 1999 resulted in the establishment of Bellarine Academy of Dance. It started with humble beginnings in a church hall in Leopold with 12 students and has now grown to be the premier dance school on the peninsula with over 200 students focusing on classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance.

Having now built the dream studio Kellie is developing a wider range of styles and classes to suit the needs of all dancers in the region whether it be ongoing professional work or the once a week casual dancer that participates for the love of it.

Kellie is a great believer that dance should be an enjoyable and successful experience for all students regardless of age or ability. To this end she creates a learning environment that allows for personal and creative expression that will ensure that each student has a positive experience.

She takes great pride in providing a fun, nurturing, and child safe environment for all her students to live their dance dream.

Our Teachers

Monique

Monique commenced her dance training as a 6 year old when she joined classes at the Jane Moore Academy of Ballet in Melbourne. As a student she worked her way through the RAD syllabus to the Intermediate level, whilst also taking classes in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Gymnastics.

She has both performed and instructed with the Jane Moore Academy of Ballet, the National Institute of Youth Performing Arts and Join In The Chorus State School Performance Group.

At a very early age Monique made a conscious decision that she wanted to progress her career as an educator in the field of dance and has dedicated her entire working life to developing young dancers in a variety of disciplines.

Monique has a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (majoring in dance), and a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) with Distinction from Deakin University. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor and maintains her ongoing professional development through the RAD program.

She joined Bellarine Academy of Dance as Senior Teacher in 2007 and is widely renowned for her work in developing major performance and eisteddfod pieces, especially in the Contemporary dance field and her results have been outstanding.

She has genuine love of dance and education, and demonstrates this with her work with students across all age levels and abilities.

Katie

Katie Douglas has studied various dance styles including Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. She began her training with Kellie Williamson at the Bellarine Academy of Dance, while attending workshops and competitions in Melbourne.

Katie moved to NSW in 2010 to study full-time, attending the National College of Dance. She trained under teachers including Marie Walton-Mahon, Brett Morgan and Debbie Linnert. During this time, she competed in Sydney at the Opera House and received her Advanced 2 qualification in the R.A.D. Syllabus.

She was chosen to be part of a contemporary workshop and project run by US choreographer Carol Dilley at ‘the Lock up’ Jail, Newcastle. She had work experience with Mod Contemporary Dance Company (Sydney) and Expressions Dance Company (Brisbane).

After she received her Diploma in Dance Performance, Katie then moved to Germany to attend the Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance. There she worked with different guest artists and choreographers each week as she rounded out her dance training.

She then performed regularly throughout Europe and has taught in Sweden, Germany and Australia, and is currently completing her Certificate 4 in fitness, teaching and working on her own projects as a dance artist.

Being an ex student of the school and also having trained with Kellie’s first ever teacher, it makes for a great story as she brings back to Bellarine Academy of Dance her extensive experience.