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Danceartists Ballet Academy Faculty

DanceArtists Ballet Academy Founding Artistic Director 

Joanna Duncan RTS  ARAD Solo Seal. Accredited Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance 

A Registered Teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance, a member of the International Dance Council UNESCO, Paris, Joanna has over 30 years international experience teaching Ballet with Dancers taught by her having successful careers all over the world including  with many world renowned companies including Royal Ballet Company, American Ballet Theater, Hamburg Ballet, English National Ballet Company, Australian Ballet Company, Hybrid Movement Company, Gyor Ballet Company Hungary, Zurich Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Christopher Harrison's Anti Gravity, Cirque du Soleil, and more, also Film and Television including Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom, Chicago, NBC SMASH, and more.

Joanna  gained all  Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet Examinations Levels from Primary, up to and Advanced at High Distinction Level and gained the coveted Solo Seal Award, the highest award of the Royal Academy of Dance by age 15 , to date the youngest Dancer in the world. Joanna was offered a place at the NYC School of American Ballet SAB at age 14 by Edward Villella while dancing at the Sydney Opera House.

After a successful Ballet Career as Principal dancer from age 16 with The Tasmanian Ballet, and offered contracts with Ballet Victoria and Dance Europe Ballet Companies, Joanna also performed with The Carol Burnett Show, NBC Universal and Disney production tours. Joanna turned her passion to teaching.

Joanna is a highly credentialed  Ballet Teacher who received her Vaganova Teacher Training through Mischa Slavensky and studied the Vaganova Core Level training 1 thru 8 with Professor Peggy Willis Arnio .  As Vice President of the  Society of Dance Arts, Joanna worked alongside Yuri Grigorovich, the Director of Bolshoi Ballet Company, arranging Classical Ballet Students training Seminars with stars of the Bolshoi Ballet Company including Prima Ballerina Natalia Besmetnova.  Joanna was Artistic Director and owner of Sydney West Ballet Center for over 25 years and  has been an invited  Guest Teacher at many world Academy's including  John Neumeier Hamburg Ballet School. Through DanceArtists Joanna has arranged and supervised International Pre-Professional Ballet Student Audition Tours to many of the worlds leading International and National Ballet Company Schools since 1996. Her choreography has won many Choreographic Awards including the prestigious International Fred Astaire Choreography Award.

Joanna is  owner of Danceartists Management www.danceartistsmanagement.com established in 1994 to  represent professional performance Artists in their continuing careers through  Auditions and Contracts. 

Françoise N Voranger - Guest Teacher - Hybrid Movement / Conditioning and Flexibility / Choreography  

Virtuoso Performance Artist /Founder and Creator of  NYC Hybrid Movement Company, Owner Hybrid Movement Creative Lab, Creator of the Movement as Metaphor Aerial Acrobatic Training Program Creative Show Director. Member of the International Dance Council CID, UNESCO Paris,

Francoise was born  in Italy and is a Member of the International Dance Council UNESCO, CID, Paris. She  trained on full scholarship at the Royal Ballet Upper School London UK and  holds the distinguished honor of performing in  the Gala of the Stars of Benois de la Danse at Bolshoi Theatre Moscow , Russia the Oscars of the professional Dance world  performing  Ann Maire de Angelo's The last time I cry. To date Francoise one of only 11 Americans with this honor.

Françoise has performed with The Royal Ballet, London, Australian Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Ballet NY, Anti Gravity, the Royal Gala London among many others. Francoise's Hybrid Movement Company is NYC's leading Aerial Performance Company.

A 2014 EACP STREB Awardee, Françoise's Choreographic Works are renowned for their ability to touch the heart to search or reveal and have been performed at NYC City Center,  NYC Lincoln Center, Bolshoi Ballet Theater Moscow, NYC SummerStage, New Victory Theater New 42nd Street, NYC Maker Fair,  Marcus Garvey Theatre, Burning Man to name a few.

Francoise's many  Visual Mapping Installation projects include MoFE - Museum of Future Experiences - Andy Warhol's old Studio in Soho, Manhattan 

https://www.instagram.com/francoisenvoranger

https://www.hybridmovementcompany.com

Rick Tjia -  Physics of Contemporary Dance Movement

Rick’s early training years began with tap dancing, eventually branching out into professional studies of classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance (training with teachers like David Howard, Finis Jhung, Christine Busch, Bruce Marks, Laura Young and Geri Houlihan). He also trained in other disciplines (trumpet, physics, and later on, guitar studies and various studies in business).

After an extensive career in dance and acting that includes performances with Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet and Delta Festival Ballet, as well as three years of work in film and television in Los Angeles doing hip-hop, jazz, and ballet (with choreographers like Twyla Tharp, Joe Layton, and with film directors like Mark Rydell, and James Brooks), Rick joined La La La Human Steps in Montreal in 1993, with whom he danced and toured the world for 8 years. As with many dancers and musicians, Rick is also a composer, a dance and acrobatic choreographer, and judges dance competitions, and teaches various workshops around the globe.

For the last 16 years he has been a Talent Scout specializing in dance at Cirque du Soleil.  Rick’s contributions to the Casting Department has extended itself to contributing to and drawing up new operational and business strategies, as well as contributing to creative and innovative internal and external strategies of various types.

​Rick also works closely with International Performing Arts & Theatre (I-PATH) through leading dance education in the 21st Century.   He is a member of Phoenix Associates in the UK, an organization that offers opportunities and masterclasses to students aged from 6 right through to professional dancers.

​In 2016, he joined the creative team of the Cirque du Soleil Big Top touring show Volta as an acrobatic choreographer, and In 2018, he started up the online choreography market Choreography Online with two partners, which had its official public launch in September, 2019.

Rick joined Danceartists Faculty in 2020. 

https://www.ricktjia.com/

Mellany Duncan - Integrated Expressive Arts Practitioner 

Mellany received her Bachelor of Science and Expressive Art Therapy Degrees from Lesley University. During her training she was awarded the Deans Scholarship each year, travelled to Costa Rica studying counselling in wellness and wholistic practices under Dr ​Neil Klein. At Lesley University Mellany was the Course Assistant for Movement Therapy under Nancyjo Cardillo Licensed DMT at Bachelor Level. Mellany did her 1-year Internship at Boston Children's Hospital Bader 5 Unit creating and facilitating Arts and Counseling  based patients group​s.  Mellany  is First Aid and CPR certified for children and adults.

Mellany studied Ballet at DanceArtists through to Advanced Level and has been our  care coordinator for child performers for our stage productions including Moscow Ballet Company Great Russian Nutcracker at the Toyota Oakdale theatre.

Mellany is a  Mental Health Counselor at Walden Behavioral Care. 

At  DanceArtists Mellany teaches  integrated Arts based practice Classes centered on building confident and well adjusted Dancers of all ages.


Sarah Cerulo RTS Accredited Teacher of the Royal Academy of dance

Sarah completed the Teaching and Performing Arts course at Bristol College of Dancing, UK in 2003, earning a Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate as well as associate qualifications in modern and tap from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).
Before turning to full-time teaching, Sarah had a 10-year professional career involving UK musical tours, corporate events and TV/film (including work with Tim Burton on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at Pinewood Studios, London), plus numerous contracts for major cruise lines where she served as Dance Captain in casts of 15-20 performers.
While an instructor at pre-vocational schools in the UK, Sarah earned additional teaching qualifications including a Diploma in Dance Education from ISTD. She has choreographed for many competitions including the Janet Cram Awards. Her choreography is featured in
many performances and ranges from jazz and tap to ballet.
Sarah has 20 years of professional experience both in the UK and USA. She has augmented this with further training in safe dance practice through courses with IAMS and SiDi. 

Sarah is a certified PBT instructor and has completed an injury prevention course with Strength Motion Mind 11+.Dedicated to her students and also to her continued professional development, Sarah loves to pass on her passion and education.

Tina Marshall RTS - Children's Ballet classes Accredited Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance

 Tina has trained in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) from the age of 3 years, completing examination levels Pre-Primary to Advanced 2. She enjoyed being part of numerous dance competitions and small touring productions as a child.

Her love for ballet and contemporary dance continued at the university level where she studied a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance)/Bachelor of Education (Secondary - English) from University of Queensland. With this achievement, Tina taught Dance as an elective subject for 7 years in Australian High Schools. Missing the technique of syllabus work, Tina went back to study the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) allowing her the privilege to teach using the RAD approach.

Tina developed a strong relationship with staff and students in her teaching and worked to achieve lead ballet teacher for a prominent local studio. After having her own children, Tina saw the need for developing programs for toddlers and preschooler's and this is where her passion lies. 

Scott Duncan -DanceArtists Administrator

Scott is an IT Professional, Musician and Audio Engineer who brings his expertise to DanceArtists Administration, Performances, Audio Installations including installation of our state of the art Online training program's secure Network.

Scott attended New England Conservatory studying Audio Engineering and trained in Acoustic Guitar with Mitch Haupers at Berklee College of Music, Boston.

Scott created and teaches DanceArtists Music as Applied to Dance Course. This course of study is an important part of our Dancer's education developing a rich understanding of musicality.

Scott  directs our post production  studio  integrating the visual and audio for all our productions.

Scott designed the Audio Installation for Jose Mateo's Sanctuary Theatre in Cambridge Ma and has created sound scores for many music artists and choreographers including Jose Mateo Ballet's Cuban Condition and Nutcracker.