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 25 years experience teaching.
Joanna trained with renowned Ballet Teacher Lorraine Norton in Sydney Australia gaining all her 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 at 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, then NYC Ballet Director, 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 through 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 also owner of Danceartists Management www.danceartistsmanagement.com established in 2007 to promote performance Artists career placement.
Françoise N Voranger - Hybrid Conditioning Class
Founder and Creator at Hybrid Movement Company, Owner Hybrid Movement Creative Lab, Creator of the Movement as Metaphor Aerial Acrobatic Training Program-Co Creative Director at Little Cinema Immersive Shows
Multi Disciplinary Performance Artist / Dancer / Aerialist / Acrobat / Choreographer / Visual Artist / VJ / Member of the International Dance Council UNESCO, CID, Paris.
Françoise Teaches her amazing Hybrid Conditioning Class Saturdays 1.30pm to 3.00pm.
Françoise trained on full scholarship at The Royal Ballet Upper School UK- She holds the distinguished honor of performing at the Gala of the Stars Benois de la Danse at Bolshoi Theater Moscow, Russia in Ann Marie De Angelo's 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.
As a co-Creative Director of Little Cinema Immersive Shows with Jay Rinsky awarded the 2017 Best of New York in New York Magazine.
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, LaMama, Hanover Theater, across the world from Australia's Sydney Opera House to Japan, Germany, Russia.
Françoise is the creator of the Movement as Metaphor Aerial Acrobatic Summer Intensives and Workshops and the Hybrid Conditioning Program. Francoise's Mapping Installations projects include MoFE - Museum of Future Experiences - Andy Warhol's old Studio in Soho, Manhattan.
Heather Christiansen - Martha Graham Technique
Heather trained on full scholarship at the Ailey School after finishing two years as a trainee at Joffrey Ballet Chicago. From there, she spent two years in Graham II, performing roles such as Lamentation and the Shaman in excerpts from Night Chant. She has performed works by Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey at New York City Center, the Joyce, and BAM. Heather performs with Hybrid Movement Company and freelances all the world. Heather teaches Martha Graham Technique at Danceartists.
Tina Marshall RTS
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). 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 a lead ballet teacher for 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. Tina teaches the Toddlers and pre school Ballet program at Danceartists.
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 is the creator of Danceartists Visual Backdrops and Sound scores seamlessly integrating the visual and audio for all our productions.
He 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 and the archival recordings for live Orchestra's including New Hampshire Symphony.
"I have worked with Joanna Duncan on various creative projects, each time she has proven to be not only efficient, but also full of integrity. I highly recommend her as an asset to any team." Christopher Harrison Founder AntiGravity Inc.
"Joanna is a gifted artist who has been true and unwavering to her craft all her life. She continues to be the creative spirit and provide guidance and proper technique for her students, schools and organizations that are fortunate to have her." Ruben de la Peña Artist/Designer