Amba Hawley (McKee) - Principal - Celebrating 13 Years!
With an extensive background in performance, training and teaching experience spanning 25 years: specialising in classical ballet, choreography, artistic direction, pointe, pas de deux, Jazz and Contemporary.
Bachelor of Dance - Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)
Post Grad. Dip. in Classical Ballet Teaching - VCA
Post Grad. Dip. in Contemporary Dance Teaching- VCA
Certificate in Performing Arts - Dance World 301
Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations up to Elementary- National Theatre Ballet School
Full Time Classical Ballet - National Theatre Ballet School
RAD - New Grades 1 - 3, New Grades 1 -3 Character Course
RAD - New Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced 2
RAD Regional Advisory Panel Melbourne/Tasmania
Principal Love to Dance School of Ballet - 10 years - All levels Classical Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary
Keen to Dance School of Ballet - Kindy Ballet, Jazz, Grades 1 - 8
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School(VCASS)
Musical Theatre Workshops - for Actors and Musicians - VCA
Creative Dance Workshops for Secondary School students
Hip Hop Arty Parties - Boxhill Community Centre
Creative Movement for 1-2 year olds - Yarraville Community Centre
Adult Jazz/Funk - Yarraville Community Centre
Dance for People with Disability - Yarraville Community Centre
Karen Stephens - Royal Academy of Dance Examiner
Education and Experience
Education in classical dance with Kathleen Gorham
Australian Ballet School
Professional dancer in Australia and Europe
Taught classical dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, under the direction of Anne Woolliam for 7 years.
Long term studies in teaching at the Princess Grace Academie de Dance, Monte Carlo, with Madame Marika Besobrasova as well as with other important professors of dance worldwide.
1978 founded the Karen Stephen’s Academy of Dance, renamed Melbourne Dance Academy (M.D.A.) in 1992.
Trained many students with outstanding results in international competitions and achieved successful careers in professional dance throughout the world.
2005 became a Graded Examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance.
Continues to Teach at M.D.A, RAD workshops and private schools in Australia and overseas.
Isabella Gilbert – Kindy and Primary Ballet
Isabella has 17 years training in classical ballet and 10 years in jazz and contemporary.
‘Most Outstanding Pupil’ (2013),
‘Highest Mark in a Vocational Examination’ (2014),
‘Most outstanding Choreography’ (2014, 2016) and the
‘Perpetual Jazz Award’ (2016).
She has also received Encouragement Awards at the RAD Graded and Vocational workshops. Beyond dance, Isabella is a professional actor and singer who has performed at the La Mama Theatre Carlton, MYER Christmas events, Her TV credits include Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Dr Blake Mysteries for the ABC, and in a variety of television commercials.
Isabella is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University in Theatre and Performance Studies.
Emily Anketell – Jazz and Tap
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School – Year 7 – 12 with extensive training in Classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, world dance, acrobatics, tap and hip hop.
Certificate II in Dance