Gareth Bellings – Classical Scholarships

Australian choreographer and dancer Gareth Belling joined Queensland Ballet in 2002 and has since danced in works by François Klaus, Natalie Weir, Nils Christe, Timothy Brown, Paul Boyd and Young Soon Hue. Gareth made his choreographic debut with Collusion in Evocations 2005. Since then he has created 30 works for Queensland Ballet (QB), Collusion Music, Expressions Dance Company (EDC), Brisbane Festival, Queensland University of Technology, West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Ochre Contemporary Dance Company. Gareth’s mainstage debut was Refraction, which premièred in QB’s ...with attitude, during the 2009 Brisbane Festival. His ballet The Equilibrium Level featured in QB's Live Attitude 2010. In 2011 Gareth was mentored by Nils Christe through JUMP, the Australia Council’s program for emerging artists. His participation in the Swiss International Coaching Project for Choreographers and Impulstanz Research Project 'Do yourself a favour' in July 2011 was co-funded by JUMP and an Arts Queensland Career Development Grant. Upon his return he created Transition Sequence for Queensland Ballet earning the review "There is nothing more valuable to a dance company than a good, young choreographer in its midst, and Queensland Ballet has one in company member Gareth Belling." - Deborah Jones, The Australian (2011). Focussing on choreography in 2012, Gareth created From Darkness for Expressions Dance Company and bittersweet for Queensland Ballet's International Gala. Stepping away from full-time dancing at the end of 2012, Gareth created Sweet Beginnings for Queensland Ballet's Elegance in August 2013 while undertaking a Master of Fine Arts (Dance) researching gender and audience perception. With the support of an Australia-China Council research grant, Gareth travelled to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in December 2013 and January 2014 researching Chinese cultural impacts on classical and contemporary ballet. To view Gareth’s full bio go to –


Emma Jones BA Dance – Classical Scholarships

Emma was born in Newcastle, Australia. She began dancing at the age of 4 with Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy, where she received her training for 13 years. In 2009, she graduated from Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung, Munich Ballet Academy with a Bachelor of Dance. While studying in Munich, Emma performed in Romeo and Juliet with the Bayerisches Staatsballett. In September 2009, Emma joined Magdeburg Ballett in Germany, she performed roles including Clara in Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, Silly Girl in Graduation Ball, Isabelle in Wuthering Heights by Gonzalo Galguera, Lucille Grahn in Grand Pas de Quatre staged by Marta Garcia and Tempus Fugit by Robert North. In 2012, Emma received the Young Artist of the Year Award from Theater Magdeburg Ballett. Emma joined SDT in February 2014 and danced in Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote,  La Ventana and Tarantella in August Bournonville’s Bournonville Divertissements,  Choo-San Goh’s Schubert Symphony, Piano Concerto #2 opus 102 by Edmund Stripe, Opus 25 by Edwaard Liang, Midnight Waltzes by Francois Klaus, 4Seasons by Natalie Weir, Blue Snow by Toru Shimazaki and George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Rubies and Serenade. She has also danced a soloist role as Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty (2015). Emma was teaching the Adult Dance Class scheme in 2014 and 2015 associated with Singapore Dance Theatre.


Ben Dunlop RAD DDTS, RTS - Classical Groups & Sub Junior & Junior classical championships

Ben attended the Hunter School of Performing Arts and the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy until he was offered a scholarship to train full-time at the National College of Dance. While there he completed the Certificate III and IV in Dance Performance and studied Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz as well as Royal Academy of Dance Syllabi.

Ben has had success in many national competitions whilst training as a full-time dance student, including the City of Sydney Eisteddfod, where he was awarded and recognised highly in both the Classical, Contemporary and Jazz Championships and Scholarships. Ben was a quarter finalist in the McDonalds Ballet Scholarship, and received the ‘Most Promising Contemporary Dancer’ and ‘Most Outstanding Jazz Dancer’ awards at the Newcastle City Ballet Eisteddfod.

After performing in the Youth American Grand Prix International Ballet Competition finals in New York and the National College of Dance audition tour, Ben was selected to study at the Washington Ballet School in DC. He was also accepted into several international schools including Miami City Ballet School, The Ben Stevens Academy Houston, Central School of Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and The Queensland Ballet (Professional Year).

Ben has also trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre based in New York specialising in Contemporary Dance. He has also completed Summer Courses with the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and a Traineeship with the Joffrey Ballet. Subsequently he was offered a contract with the Atlanta Ballet, USA and the West Side Story International Tour. Ben has also completed contracts with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a featured dancer and aerialist.

After returning to Australia Ben has been regularly guest teaching, choreographing and adjudicating throughout Australia. Ben has completed his Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies through the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance and has Registered Teachers Status with the Academy. Ben has also obtained Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and in the final stages of completing an Advanced Diploma in Dance Performance. Ben is now Director of Institute of Dance Australia and is extremely passionate about sharing his knowledge and training the next generation of dancers.

Ben has also been featured on the ABC Television series Dance Academy and featured in the Dance Academy movie, ‘The Comeback’. Ben has also been regularly featured as a model in dancetrain Australia.


Ana Kypreos – Group Days & Open Solos 14 years +

At the peak of her dance career Ana Kypreos was once one of Australia’s most sought after dancers. Consistently sharing the stage with her peers, Kelley Abbey, Jacqui Howard, Roy Dudley, Aaron Cash and Todd McKenny. Ana worked for all the highly acclaimed choreographers of her time including David Atkins, Ross Coleman, Robyn Mose, Tony Bartuccio, Leigh Chambers and many more. She featured heavily in all of the Dancing Man Shows and with her identifiable ‘mad’ hair and lyrical style she worked as one of Australia’s Best Dancers. Peter Allen in Concert Australia; Two Ronnies in Australia TV Series; Tony Bartuccio Dancer; Electric Legs; Elton John - Sad Songs Music Video, to name just a few. Since then Ana’s career has lead her through many facets of the entertainment industry and in turn has enabled her to work all over the world, from tour manager for Girlfriend, Venga Boys, FIVE, Artistic Manager for Bardot, Event manager Regatta dot Blonde in Malaysia, Harrow Productions Sydney, Choreographer for tv commercials, theatre, events, live shows and now Artistic Director for major events in the Asia Pacific region, namely HK and mainland China. HSBC 150th Celebrations, London, Shanghai, HK; HSBC Champions Golf Shanghai; Vision House Haute Couture Beijing; James Packers Studio City Casino GOE and Gala Dinner Macau; Galaxy Casino Macau GOE and Gala Dinner,  Ana has also taught dance and performance for more than 30 years and had her own performing arts school from 2000-2013. One of her students was accepted to the Royal Ballet School London and is now at the Oslo Opera Ballet. Ana is compelled to share her knowledge and experience with young people and so cherishes the opportunities to take master classes and judge competitions. Highly sort after in the industry as an artistic director Ana is always looking for Dancers for her shows and being an adjudicator gives her an opportunity to look for new talent.


Lauren Hughes, ARAD Solo Seal  - Int & Senior Classical championships & Solos 8,10 &12s

Lauren successfully completed all of the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) grade and major ballet exams. She has won over 200 trophies in the classical ballet and contemporary categories at many major NSW eisteddfods, including scholarships and gold medals at the McDonald's Performing Arts Challenge, Newcastle, Ryde, Warringah and Sutherland. In 1994 and 1995, Lauren was accepted as an Interstate Associate of the Australian Ballet School and won a scholarship at age 16 to attend classes at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School. Lauren became a recipient of the Solo Seal Award in 1997, the RAD's highest individual performance award, after which at 18, she travelled to London to compete in the prestigious Genee Awards where she reached the semi finals. Lauren then travelled throughout England, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands participating in classes with various ballet schools and companies before settling in Wellington, New Zealand for 2 years after being accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance. Whilst in NZ, Lauren performed with the school and company in their many productions, including 'Les Sylphides' and 'Tales of Beatrix Potter'. Lauren returned home to Sydney where she then 'ran away with the circus' for a year performing and touring NSW as a dancer with the Cirque de la Vie company. Lauren passed her 3 year RAD Teachers Certificate with a High Distinction, and has over 15 years experience teaching ballet, contemporary and jazz to students of all ages at various dance studios in Sydney and Wollongong. Lauren is also a qualified child-care worker and children's play-gym instructor, but her current role is that of full-time Mum to her 3 young children. 


Sarah Stollery – Jazz Workshop, Int & Snr Jazz Championships

Sarah began her training at the young age of three in Jazz, Tap and Classical Ballet. As a student she toured America and England with the Australian Dance Theatre performing in Disneyland (Florida), Universal Studios and Carnegie Hall (NYC).
Upon returning from overseas, Sarah performed at the Opening Ceremony for the Bledisloe Cup at Stadium Australia. She has also performed on numerous occasions for Qantas and Australian Rugby. 
In 2004 Sarah continued her dance studies in America. Whilst in New York, she trained at the Broadway Dance Centre and Steps on Broadway. From New York she flew to Los Angeles to take intensive classes at The Edge Studios. Sarah was awarded a scholarship from Project Moda to train intensively in Los Angeles at The Edge Studios and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio.
Some credits include; The DIVA Awards, Dance and Hair Expos, The Australian Dance Awards, Dolly Teen Choice, Loreal Fashion Festival Melbourne, dancer for singer/song writer Jade Macrae and Jessica Mauboy. Sarah has also been an assistant choreographer to Ramon Doringo choreographing a stage performance with Katie Underwood, a Mardi Gras performer with Olivia Newtown John and Cyndi Lauper, assistant choreographer to Michael Boyd on the first Season of So You Think You Can Dance and Sportsgirl launch, choreographed for aerialists and a stage performance for the Skins Gold Launch in Sydney. Sarah starred in and choreographed the Metamucil TV Commercial for the Top 20 of Season 2 So You Think You Can Dance Australia. Sarah is also a part of Sydney’s all female Hip Hop group Femme Fatales. More recently Sarah has been performing her style of burlesque as Bindi Boo at the Bar 100 launch party and at Crystal Boudoir (Choreography by Michael Boyd).


Simone Waddell - Vocals

Simone began her tertiary music studies at Southern Cross University in Lismore, N.S.W.
A truly amazing season surrounded by passionate, wonderful musicians and picturesque nature. Whilst there, Simone was personally invited to perform for Dr Warwick Carter, the Dean of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Simone then became the first Australian to ever be awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee, creating media coverage and also attracting a generous grant from OzMusic. Simone was soon announced as the winner of the Nescafe Big Break Competition receiving $20,000, resulting in more media coverage. After finishing her Contemporary Music Bachelor of Arts Degree at Berklee, and performing nightly with magnificent live jazz and pop bands on the luxury Cruise Liner, “The Odyssey” on Boston Harbour, Simone’s career hit a new level in America with the launch of her first two albums “Take My Love” and “Make it Happen.” Upon returning to Sydney, from successful singing engagements and contracts in America, Asia and Europe, Simone was quickly sought after by some of Australia’s most accomplished musicians as a solo performer and/or backing vocalist for both live and studio work. She has performed professionally in many top venues for over twenty years, her styles including gospel, jazz, soul, funk, pop, ballads and R&B. For full bio