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Teachers 2018-04-17T10:36:59+00:00
Loren

LOREN PENNISI

PRINCIPAL AND DIRECTOR

Loren Pennisi is the principal and director of Dansing. She has over 14 years of professional dance-industry experience, including live performances at Tokyo Disneyland, Countdown Arena Spectacular tour and working as a principal dancer on Princess Cruises production shows.  Loren draws on her vast industry experience and passion for dance to provide the best possible learning experience for Dansing students of all ages.

Loren works to provide safe, fun and educational environment for each student to be completely themself, develop confidence, and feel fully supported in their creative journey. Working to achieve this, Loren has developed the educational side of Dansing’s programs to reinforce more of the positive personal gains of each student, rather than having examinations that can sometimes deflate a students confidence. Loren coordinates with the Dansing teachers to assess the progress of each student by monitoring increased confidence and creative performance throughout each teaching term, and working on each student’s improvement collaboratively. By implementing this philosophy in her own classes, and by working closely with the Dansing teachers to promote an achievement-focused environment, Loren aims to make Dansing a truly rewarding and inclusive experience for each student.

Along with her encouragement-focused teaching style, Loren offers a rich knowledge of dance from her career achievements including:

  • Barbie Meropsia & the Fairy Princess)
  • My Little Pony, Winx Club. AKS Live Events
  • Peppa Pig, Holly, Rosie
  • Valentine’s 50 Shades of Raffles Cinderella (UK)
  • Princess Cruises
  • Tokyo Disneyland
  • The Boy From Oz (Musical)
  • Count Down 1- The Arena Spectacular
  • Bert’s Family Feud (TV)

Loren also has years of experience working in performance and promotional roles, such as:

  • Royal Windsor Horse Show
  • Yellow Tail Grand Designs
  • Ascot Race Day
  • Barclays’s Pay-Tag
  • Aston Martin
  • Abby Road Studios
  • Harrods (Starbucks)
  • The Guardian & Observer
  • The Times
  • Brixton Hot Natured
  • ASDA (Easter Campaign)
  • Davidoff “The Game”
  • Nike (We Own the Night)
  • National Rail Kings Cross 1st Year
  • Done 60 Second Jameson Empire Awards
  • TCS John Huxley (ICE @ Excel)
  • Twickenham Stadium
  • Harlequins Stoop Stadium
  • Cola Coke Enterprise
  • Samsung Galaxy Studios
  • Virgin Media
  • Sky Movies
  • Expedia Travel
  • Etihad
  • GAP Clothing
  • Nivea/Carnaby Street Pop Up Shopping Party
  • LG 3DTV Experience
  • Monster Energy Drink (AUS)
  • KPMG Annual Events
  • GTV 9 Corporate Events
  • Grand Prix Vodafone Promotion
  • L’Oreal Fashion Week (Melbourne Cup)
  • Poker Millions Championship Opening
  • “Priscilla” Corporate Showcase
  • Linfox Annual Corporate Function
  • Foxtel Promotional Event
Travis Smith

Travis Smith

Travis began dancing at 12 year old, progressing into a professional career though performances at the Brisbane Arts Theatre, QPAC and Australian-wide performance tours. Travis studied an associate degree of dance at QUT, continuing his education at Brent Street Studios in Sydney. He went on to work with Australian artists such as Guy Sebastian, The Young Diva’s and Stephanie Macintosh. Travis then embarked on 7 years at sea as a principal dancer on Princess Cruises Production Shows, with face-character roles at Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea between contracts. Travis has also worked in other creative productions throughout his career, such as Home and Away, The Veronicas Australian ‘hook me up’ Tour and Cirque Du Soleil.

Travis now channels his industry experience and passion for dance in to his jazz, musical theatre and commercial classes at DanSing.

Marilyn Verheyen

Marilyn Verheyen

Taught by Mr Neil Walker in Townsville QLD Marilyn danced with the then North Queensland Ballet Company.

Marilyn also studied under former Australian Ballet Principal Dancer Kathleen Gorham OBE at the National Theatre Ballet School before being selected to join the Australia Ballet School in Melbourne.

After completing her studies, Marilyn moved to Europe and based herself in The Netherlands where she became Dancer and Co-Director of the Dutch Ballet Company Danz.

Marilyn later taught at a number of Dutch Arts Academies and also continued her studies at the Conservatorium in Rotterdam.  She has a degree in Dance Pedagogy.

Marilyn has over 20 years experience teaching classical ballet in Australia and Europe.

Timothy Forrester

Timothy Forrester

Originally from Perth, Timothy began his musical training as a jazz saxophonist before branching out into other instruments and then finally being drawn in by the allure of the theatrical world. After finishing school, he spent most of his time focusing on these local musical productions before deciding that this was a career path he wanted to follow. Following this decision, he then underwent a year of musical theatre training at WAAPA (Cert II of Musical Theatre) and Principal Academy of Dance (Cert IV of Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) before being accepted into the Bachelor of Arts (Musical Theatre) at Federation University Arts Academy in Ballarat.

Some of Timothy’s credits from his time at the Arts Academy include Smash Hit (Mike), Urinetown (Dr Billeaux), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Dexter) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Deputy/Nick Cricker Jnr). He was involved in the show Riches, Romance and Rebellion, which was created and directed by Nancye Hayes and was performed at the international conference of the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance in Perth.

He is also half of the new musical theatre-composing duo, Forrester and Swan, who have presented selections of their works in major cities around the country with the help of amazing local talent in the areas they visit. They recently had the first song they wrote together published in the new Musical Theatre syllabus created by the AMEB and were also commissioned to write the closing number of their graduation showcase at the Arts Academy.

Theatrical credits include: Connected – A New Musical [Musical Director]; Sweet Tooth [Musical Director]; Stoney End – The Songs of Laura Nyro [Musical Director/Vocal Arranger]; High School Musical On Stage [Musical Director]; First Date – The Musical [Woodwind Instrumentalist]; Tudor Roses [Musical Director]; Mischief Unmanaged – Maniacal Arts [Musical Director]; Forrester & Swan Music [Musical Director/Composer/Performer].

Todd Anderson

Todd Anderson

Todd is a children’s and adult tap dancing teacher at Dansing Pty Ltd. He has been teaching private and group classes for Dansing since 2012 and has previously taught for Brisbane Dance Centre and River City Dance in Brisbane and Encore Dance Studio in Bundaberg. In addition to teaching, Todd has choreographed celebrated student performances for exams, eisteddfods and public performance throughout Queensland for Drama Queens Studio, Bundaberg Players and Sunnybank Theatre. He received his Tap Diploma from the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing in 2007 and is currently enrolled to study Occupational Therapy with an interest on how tap movement can be used as therapy.

Todd sees tap dancing as a fun and creative outlet for his students but his classes are based on the fundamentals of tap theory and technique. His approach to working with students combines teacher devised choreography and student devised choreography. The first is designed to develop students dance and performance ability and the second, with teacher support, is designed to encourage students to develop their own, unique dance style. Todd’s passion for dancing comes from a love of creativity and a desire to see students nurture their own while keeping active.

Sophie Barendse

Sophie Barendse

Sophie is a Brisbane-based contemporary dancer and teacher, graduating this year from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Dance Performance.  She began her ballet training at Sayers Dance Centre before moving onto QUT at 17.  Sophie has danced internationally at festivals including the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria and the Beijing Dance Festival and worked with artists from America, China and Europe.

Nik Hills

Nik Hills

Nik started his arts career in the UK as a musician (well, OK, a drummer) playing in bands which toured nationally and internationally. At 21, Nik put down his sticks to pursue his dream to dance.

He began his training at London School of Contemporary Dance. He also trained at Central School of Ballet. While a student at Central, Nik was a finalist in the Paul Clark award (1983).

After graduating he immediately joined Irish National Ballet. From there he went to Germany to take up a Guest Soloist contract with the dance company of the Stadtische Buhnen Osnabruck. Next stop Brisbane, 1990, and The Queensland Ballet.

In 1993, Nik returned to his first love, contemporary dance, and was invited to join Expressions Dance Company, touring both nationally and internationally.

He retired from full-time dancing at the end of 1997 to be primary carer for his sons.

Both during his performance career and since, Nik has continued to teach and choreograph.

Nik taught at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts from 1998 to 2015, and taught for several years at ADPI.

In 2001, and again in 2006, Nik was invited to India, to teach and choreograph at a summer workshop in New Delhi’s largest dance school.

He has worked as an independent artist with community groups throughout Brisbane, from teaching pre-schoolers, high school workshops, and open-age community classes, to having fun performing occasionally with Opera Queensland.

He is also a published poet, an exhibited artist/sculptor, and a very practiced parent. Nik has recently installed a drum kit in the garage. It had to happen!

Brianna Johnson

Brianna Johnson

My name is Brianna Johnson, I’m 24 and have been dancing for 11 years. I went to school at Kelvin Grove State College where I attended the Queensland Dance School of Excellence. I trained there from grade 5 through to 12 and was the first student ever to do so. Graduating in 2011 from Kelvin Grove State College and QDSE with my Senior School certificate and a Diploma in Dance. I started as a student here at DanSing 11 years ago and am proud to have become part of the teaching staff. Dansing has been my home away from home as I grew up and has always been my happy place and I’m so happy to see that same feeling progress through our students today.