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Danceartists Ballet Academy Faculty

Danceartist's Ballet Academy Founding Director 

Joanna Duncan RTS  ARAD Solo Seal

A Registered Teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance, a member of the International Dance Council UNESCO, Paris, Joanna has over 30 years experience teaching Ballet  and Dancers taught by her have enjoyed successful careers all over the world.

Joanna  gained all  Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet Examinations Levels from Primary, up to and including 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.  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 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 Natalia Besmetnova.

Dancers trained by Joanna have performed 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, Acroback, Cirque du Soleil, and more, also Film and Television including Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom, Chicago, NBC SMASH, and more.


Joanna is  owner of Danceartists Management established in 2007 to promote performance Artists continuing career placement. 

Françoise N Voranger - Hybrid Conditioning and Flexibility 

Performer, Founder and Creator at Hybrid Movement Company, Owner Hybrid Movement Creative Lab, Creator of the Movement as Metaphor Aerial Acrobatic Training Program-Co Creative Show Director

Multi Disciplinary Performance Artist / Dancer / Aerialist / Acrobat / Choreographer / Visual Artist / VJ / Member of the International Dance Council UNESCO, CID, Paris. Francoise trained on full scholarship at the Royal Ballet Upper School London UK. She holds the distinguished honor of performing at the Gala of the Stars Benois de la Danse at Bolshoi Theatre Moscow , Russia In Ann Maire de Angelo's The last time I cry.

Françoise has performed with The Royal Ballet, London, Australian Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Ballet NY, Anti Gravity, the Royal Gala London among many others.

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 Faer,  Marcus Garvey Theatre, LaMama, Hanover Theater, across the world from Australia's Sydney Opera House to Japan, Germany, Russia.

Françoise is the creator of the Hybrid Genre of Movement, The Movement as  Metaphor Aerial Acrobatic Training Program  and the Hybrid Conditioning Program. 

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

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.

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 Lisensed 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 groups.  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 co-ordinator 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.

Heather Christiansen- Martha Graham Technique

Before her exposure to dance, Heather  was a gymnast, competing in USAG's Tumbling and Trampoline from ages 10-15 and becoming a Two-Time National Champion in Rod Floor. She completed two years as a trainee with Joffrey Ballet Chicago, performing at Harris Theater and Auditorium Theatre. In Chicago,  Heather was inspired by her mentor, Ronn Stewart (Cocodāco Dance Project), to pursue modern and contemporary techniques. After performing with the Ailey Company in Chicago, Heather  attended The Ailey School in New York City on full scholarship. She has performed works by Alvin Ailey (Memoria) and Kirven Douthit-Boyd at City Center and Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. 

She joined the second company of Martha Graham shortly after her time at Ailey, performing works by Martha Graham, Blanca Li, Carrie-Ellmore Tallitsch, Virginie Mecene, and her own choreography at the Martha Graham Studio Theater, City Center, The Joyce, and BAM. She has performed works as a freelancer for Francesca Harper Project, Buglisi Dance Theater, and Gloria McClean.

Since discovering more creative flexibility in multi-disciplinary circus arts, Heather  has performed often with Hybrid Movement Company most recently at Jazz at Lincoln Center in January 2020. She also collaborates with Constellation Moving Company from New York's Theater for the New City to Francisco de Paula de Toro in Campeche, MX. As a choreographer Heather creates works that advocate for mental health awareness. Music is Heather's second life, and when she isn't performing and training, she records under the alias Hayling, blending instrumentals from violin and dulcimer to guitar and voice.

Tina Marshall RTS - Children's Ballet classes


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 pre-schooler'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 ,