Faculty

photo Terry Simpson

School Principal (ARAD, LRAD, RAD Mentor and Tutor)

"My Proudest achievement as a teacher is what I have contributed to the lives of all of the wonderful students that have come through my school."

Miss Simpson commenced her ballet education from an early age in Johannesburg, South Africa with Poppy Frames before completing her training in London at the Royal Academy of Dance. She is recognised as a dance educator rather than simply a ballet teacher. She believes that dancers require well-rounded training in all facets of dance and prides herself in creating an environment in her school where students can be the best that they can be, whether it is to go onto a career in the dance world, the Arts or in any other avenue. 

"My own teacher was a great mentor and a wonderful role model.  She instilled the passion for dance and teaching in me. This lead me going to the RAD in London where I met many great teachers and mentors. I came to Australia through one of my London teachers  - Australian Tina Stuart. She recommended me for the job with the South Australian Ballet Company. "

As a well-respected RAD Examiner for over 25 years she has travelled throughout Australia and overseas, which gives her high exposure to up to date training methodologies, syllabi content and examiner criteria. Her teaching appointments have included Adelaide Centre for the Arts, Adelaide University Centre for Performing Arts, South Australian Ballet Company and Scotch College

Go to School Ethos for more about the teaching philsophy and values that Ms Simpson instills thoughout her school.

     
Aidan Kane Munn

Contemporary Dance, Boys' Ballet, SACE Composition & Choreography

Aidan Kane Munn has been a dance artist in South Australia for 35 years enjoying a diverse and successful career, working with many fantastic people and outstanding artists. Since 2006 Aidan has directed his career toward choreography and sharing his love of dance through teaching. Graduating from the Australian Ballet School (1989), Aidan’s career includes work with Australian Dance Theatre, Leigh Warren and Dancers, State Opera of South Australia, Outlet Dance, Buzz Circus, Da Whyze Guize and Slack Taxi. Aidan has created several of his own productions as well as choreographed for Adelaide Centre of Performing Arts, Adelaide Fringe Festival, No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability, Auguste, Brink Productions, Australian Dance Theatre, Various People, Pelican Productions and the State Opera of South Australia. Aidan has taught extensively in South Australia engagements include Adelaide Centre of Performing Arts, Flinders University, Ausdance and Australian Dance Theatre.

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photo Janet Bridgman

Classical Ballet, Pilates & Repertoire

Janet has been teaching classical ballet, dance theatre, Pilates, repertoire and private coaching at Terry Simpson Studios for over 10 years. She was trained in Adelaide before beginning her ballet career with PACT Ballet, South Africa which provided the opportunity to dance with and learn from many famous names such as Anthony Dowell, Natalia Makarova, Eva Evdokimova, Istvan Nagy, and Merle Park. Galina Samsova and Andre Prokovsky. In 1976 Janet, and her Australian born husband, Anthony Bridgman, joined the London based New London Ballet, under the Directorship of Galina Samsova and Andre Prokovsky. In 1977 the pair joined the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany under the Directorship of Erich Walter. In 1980 Janet accepted a soloist contract with Ballett Frankfurt where she danced firstly under the Directorship of Egon Madsen and then William Forsythe. It was here that Janet danced principal roles in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and Giselle as well as appearing in many of Forsythe’s new works. On invitation from Uwe Scholz, Janet joined the Zurich Ballet in Switzerland and danced the final four years of her 18 year dancing career. On invitation from Meryl Tankard Janet became Rehearsal Director and Ballet Mistress of the Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre where she continued in this role for seven years. Since the departure of Ms Tankard Janet has remained with Australian Dance Theatre to this day teaching Company ballet classes and where necessary reproducing works overseas. In the year 2000 Janet undertook her APMA Pilates training. In 2006 Janet founded Dynamic Dance Pilates - a dance specific Pilates method which aims to refine, strengthen and support the contemporary and ballet techniques.

     
Helen Cooper

Classical Ballet,  Conditioning & Repertoire 

Helen Cooper undertook her classical ballet training in Sydney at the McDonald College and Ecole Classique, before beginning her performance career as a youth artist with Ballet d’Action. Helen also began working as a teacher’s assistant where her love of teaching ballet began to develop. In 2000, knee surgery meant a break from dancing for a number of years - but led to her undertaking her teaching certification in Classical Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and becoming an RAD Registered Teacher. In 2007 she returned to dancing and joined Ballet 5:8 in the United States as a Company Artist where she danced Soloist and Principal roles in the company’s' original repertoire. The US also provided opportunity to study the Russian Vaganova classical training system, further broadening her teaching experience and methodology. In 2015 Helen was privileged to be appointed as an Examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance and continues to regularly teach and examine around the world. 

 

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photo Daniela DiFabio

Classical Ballet, Fitness, Yoga & Pilates

Daniela’s dance training began with Susan Taylor and Terry Simpson before continuing her studies at VCA (B. of Dance, Post Grad. Dip. and Masters of Choreography). Pilates Instructor Certificate, Yoga Teaching Certificate and currently studying Certificate 3&4 in Fitness.

She has worked as a teacher, performer and choreographer in Australia, Europe and Asia.

 

 

 

     
Oliver Toth

Classical Ballet & Pas de Deux

Oliver was born in Berlin and began his dance career training in the Hungarian Dance and Arts Academy in Budapest. During his nine years of full-time training in all aspects of performance, he performed with the Hungarian National Ballet and National Opera Company and at the age of thirteen was chosen from hundreds of hopefuls to star in a telemovie. After graduating with a Bachelor of Performance he joined the Hungarian National Ballet performing roles in classics such as Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Spartacus. He also danced modern pieces from world-renowned choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Hans von Mannen and William Forsythe. With a guest contract with a company in Germany, Oliver began a new aspect of his career, in musical theatre, dancing in shows such as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and Kiss Me Kate. In 1995, Oliver joined the cast of Cats in Hamburg, Germany and was part of the original cast of Cats in Belgium, working with Gillian Lynne and then toured Australia in the world premier version of Cats- Run Away with the Circus in the Big-Top. Oliver has had many highlights throughout his varied career including travelling the world performing in galas and festivals, which featured such companies as the Kirov and New York City Ballet, and in Budapest was honoured to perform with Rudolph Nureyev in Cristoforo. Oliver has taught dance at Sydney Dance Company and the Stella Academy Hamburg. Currently he teaches at ACArts Adelaide and Terry Simpson Studios and runs a successful photography business, Accent Photography.

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photo Brooke Arnold

Classical Ballet, Conditioning  & Repertoire 

Brooke trained in all facets of dance and has successfully completed her RAD exams up to and including Advanced 2 (ARAD), before continuing to successfully complete her Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in 2014. With over 10 years teaching experience, Brooke has continued to study classical ballet teaching. In 2020 also added Barre to her qualifications by gaining her barre teaching certification with The Barre Clinic.

     
Catherine Wells

Classical Ballet, Pilates, Yoga & Repertoire 

Catherine Wells completed her dance training at schools in the United States and Australia including Atlanta Ballet, Terry Simpson Studios, and Tanya Pearson's  Classical Coaching Academy. She began her professional career as a full time company member at Ballet Nouveau Colorado where she danced for seven years under the artistic direction of Marie Arts, Robert Mills, Garrett Ammon, and Dawn Fay, as well as choreographing a work on the professional company in 2008 entitled Prelude and Sarabande. Since relocating back to Australia in 2013, Catherine has been a company ballet teacher for two years with Australian Dance Theatre and is currently a lecturer in classical ballet at Adelaide College of the Arts. Catherine has been teaching at Terry Simpson Studios since 2015 and it very proud to be a part of this incredible organisation. She is a passionate dance teacher with 19 years of experience teaching in both the USA and Australia.

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  Ellen Gurr

Classical Ballet, Jazz & Conditioning 

     
Kerry Skinner

SACE Coordinator

Kerry has successfully lead the SACE Program at Terry Simpson Studios over many years. 

She has continued to make a wonderful contribution to the students' well-rounded dance education which has culminated in the achievement of ongoing outstanding SACE results.

From 2021 SACE Dance at Terry Simpson Studios is being offered through Adelaide High School where Kerry is the Leader, Arts and Innovation.

 

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  Kezia Dunn

Classical Ballet & Jazz - Junior School 

Kezia’s dance training began with Terry Simpson Studios at 8 years old. After nearly 10 years with Miss Simpson, Kezia continued her dance education at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) gaining a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance)/ Bachelor of Education (Secondary). Throughout her teaching career, Kezia has worked with children of all ages (and adults too!) teaching ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop as well as choreography skills and dance history and appreciation. She has taught dance in high schools to students from years 7-12 as well as after school dance classes in private dance studios. Kezia loves the joy and enthusiasm that children bring to the dance studio and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with her students. Kezia’s dance training began with Terry Simpson Studios at 8 years old. After nearly 10 years with Miss Simpson, Kezia continued her dance education at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) gaining a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance)/ Bachelor of Education (Secondary). Throughout her teaching career, Kezia has worked with children of all ages (and adults too!) teaching ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop as well as choreography skills and dance history and appreciation. She has taught dance in high schools to students from years 7-12 as well as after school dance classes in private dance studios. Kezia loves the joy and enthusiasm that children bring to the dance studio and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with her students. 

     
Emily Gourzis

Jazz & Tap