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Graduate of Contemporary from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London and National Theatre Ballet School, Melbourne. Currently on contract with Laban Dance Company (London). Winner of the 2006 Cecchetti Scholarship to attend Summer School in Melbourne, also winning a part scholarship while at Summer School in 2006. Third place in the Junior Section and Audience Choice Award at the National Ballet Awards held in Christchurch, September 2008.
Winner of the 2007 Cecchetti Scholarship to attend Summer School in Melbourne. Graduate of NZ School of Dance (contemporary). Danced with Footnote Dance Company as freelance dancer. Currently freelance dancer in New Zealand.
Graduate of WA Conservatoire of Classical Ballet (Perth). Graduate of Lee Academy of Dance in Sydney. Worked with The Wiggles, dancing and promotional work in India. Contract starting in April 2017 with Moulin Rouge, Paris.
Graduate of Whitireia New Zealand with a Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance). Danced in Les Folies de l'Amour and Silhouette Pro dance ensembles. Performed in a commercial for Huawei, with Scarlett Johansson. Dannielle has also studied circus skills in Wellington.
Graduate of Australian Ballet School, Melbourne. Chosen for an exchange programme with Canada's National Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. Currently has contract with Australian Ballet Company and was the 2015 Bloch Ambassador. Third place in the Senior section at the National Ballet Awards held in Christchurch, September 2008. Received a two week scholarship to attend Summer School at Ballet Victoria, Melbourne. Winner of the 2008 Cecchetti Scholarship to attend Summer School in Melbourne.
Passed her Associate Teachers Exam in the Cecchetti Method.
Passed her Associate Teachers exam and Associate Diploma Part 1 & Part 2 in the Cecchetti Method.
2017 started full time dance training at Transit Dance in Melbourne.
Principal: Shona Bennett L.C.B.A-C.I.C.B
Holder of CUA40313 Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management
Registered Teacher of Cecchetti Ballet Australia and Jazz Dance New Zealand
Member of NZADT
With an Associate Diploma in teaching, Shona is fully qualified and registered to teach ballet. She is also a registered teacher of Jazz Dance NZ. In 2011 Shona passed her Licentiate Teaching Exam and is holder of Certicate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.
Her future goals are to sit further teaching exams, continue to learn about dance physiology, anatomy and injury prevention, and to contimue building on the high standards of achievement at the school, above all sharing a love and enjoyment of dance with all her pupils.
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A number of our students have excelled in their training and continue to pursue careers in dance.
Presently working as Cruise Director for Coral Princess after career as dancer/dance captain/assistant cruise director on cruise ships around the world.
Graduate of the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne, has been working in the field of Pilates/Yoga training.
Winner of the 2005 Cecchetti Scholarship to attend Summer School in Melbourne.
What our parents and students say about Bennett School of Ballet and Jazz
"The Bennett School exceeds your expectations with the willingness and care from its principal and the other
"A great place to make friends and to learn to dance."
"The girls get such personalised teaching and my concerns are always listened to with caring attention."
"Shona and the other teachers take the time to get to know their students on a personal basis.
This enablesthem to concentrate on individual needs and create a feeling of closeness throughout
Each year the dance school holds a production:
2014 Peter Pan
2013 The Snow Queen
2012 The Christmas Carol
2011 Wild Wild West
2008 Peter Pan
2007 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
2006 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2005 Wild Wild West
2004 Christmas Carol
2003 Snow Queen