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2021 Dance, Learn, Connect Teaching Day

February 7, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm







Please join Australian Teachers of Dancing for our 2021 Dance, Learn, Connect Teaching Day.   


Dance, Learn, Connect has traditionally been held as a State by State live event.  In 2021, we are moving to the digital world and will be hosting this event virtually.




TIME:   8.00 am – 4.00 pm (Queensland Time)


Systems of Training content being presented will include: Advanced Ballet, Level 7 and 8 Hip Hop, Level 8 Contemporary, Level 6 Musical Theatre, Intermediate and Advanced Tap and Intermediate Jazz.


Other topics will include information on our new App and website, studio marketing, exam tips and techniques, keeping kids safe in dance, the ATOD Registered Training Organisation, studio policies and procedures and how to cope on exam day.



Studio Package (for five or more staff) $499
Member $130
Non-Member $160
Single session $  40


Delegates who register for the full day package will receive additional content, bonus segments and access to the recorded content.







8.00 am 1 LOGON  
8.10 am – 8.20 am 1 Welcome Leah and Michael
8.20 am – 8.50 am 1 Keynote Address Teri Mangiaratti
9.00 am – 10.00 am 1 Advanced Ballet

Mark Pace

Nicole Ashfield

  2 Level 7 & 8 Hip Hop Bonnie Muir
  3 App and Website

Andrew Owen

Anna Boland

10.00 am – 10.30 am 1 MORNING TEA  
10.30 am – 11.30 am 1 Intermediate & Advanced Tap Rohan Browne
  2 Level 6 Musical Theatre Andrea Dalton
  3 Marketing your Studio Paul Singh
11.40 am – 1.00 pm 1 Exam Tips & Techniques






Examiner Panel:

Tracey Jonsson(mediator)

Karen Malek

Leah Belford

Andrea Dalton


1.00 pm – 1.30 pm 1 LUNCH  
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm 1 Level 7 Contemporary Hayley Ashfield-Predl
  2 Keeping Kids Safe in Dance Jackie Scott
  3 RTO Update Melissa Lee and Michele Eisenhuth
2.40 pm – 3.40 pm 1 Intermediate Jazz

Bonnie Muir


  2 Dance Studio Essentials Danielle Lennon
  3 Stress Less on Exam Day Tracey Jonsson and Shana Roberts
3.40 pm – 4.00 pm 1 Q&A and Close  




Topic: The Importance of Confident Leadership


Teri is the owner and artistic director of In Sync Centre of the Arts, Inc. in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA and is passionate about sharing her journey and helping fellow studio owners achieve their optimal success.


In their 25th season and with a staff of over 25 people, In Sync currently teaches over 1,600 students weekly in various dance, toddler, music, and theatre programmes. As the mother of two teenage boys, Teri works hard at maintaining the balance of family life, creative artist, and business owner.

Teri is also an active speaker at the DanceLife Retreat Centre, DanceLife Teacher Conference, International Dance Entrepreneurs Association, and Hollywood Connections.


The most important mission of her life is to be the best Mum she can possibly be while running a successful business and living the example that both things are possible by paving your own path.


Teri is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her experience with Australian Teachers of Dancing and is looking forward to meeting more fascinating people who share her passions.



Topic: System of Training – Advanced Ballet


Nicole has enjoyed a diverse dance career which has included dancing in musicals and operas, winning the World Amateur Latin American championship in 1967 and being involved in the production of Nureyev’s version of ‘Don Quixote’ in 1970.


She then began teaching in partnership with her mother at the Binzer Schools of Ballet and Modern Dance in Glen Waverley, Melbourne until moving to Queensland with her family in 1977. 


Nicole holds a Dip ABS, RAD, Licentiate, a Graduate Diploma (The Australian Ballet School 1969) and is a Life Member, Examiner and Licentiate (ATOD). She is also a Life Member and Registered Teacher, Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).


In 1979 Ashfield Ballet School was opened in Cleveland and this very quickly grew into one of the largest and most successful ballet schools in Redlands City (near Brisbane).

Nicole has been an examiner for Australian Teachers of Dancing since its inception in 1991, was made a life member in 2006 and was awarded the Avril Binzer Memorial Award for services and dedication to ATOD.  She was also an integral member of the core committee for the new ATOD Classical Ballet and National Character System of Training, working with Mark Pace to complete the Advanced Classical Ballet Syllabus in 2019. 



Topic: System of Training - Level 8 Contemporary


Adam is a Tasmanian born contemporary dance artist. He is a Stompin and Victorian College of the Arts Alumni whose practice is curious on diversifying how dance can be experienced both as a performer and viewer. He has invested the better part of his 20 year career developing programmes and projects in the pursuit of enhancing how young people connect with dance and enter the professional dance industry in Australia.

Adam’s performance and teaching career have always been closely intertwined with him receiving his first Federal grant in 2001 to present his first work before beginning his formal dance training at the VCA. 


Adam’s performance career has seen him work with Chunky Move, Jo Lloyd, Circa Nica, 2NDTOE and Opera Australia. In 2007 he founded 2NDTOE with long time colleagues Frankie Snowdon, Madeleine Krenek, Benjamin Hancock, Tyler Hawkins and James Andrews. The collective made several works together and created a number of education works including founding the Alice Can Dance programme (Alice Springs).


Adam has been commissioned to make work across the country and has choreographed for Lucy Guerin Inc (Pieces for Small Spaces), Stompin, QL2, Steps Youth Dance Company, fLing Physical Theatre, Tasdance and was a Next Move choreographer in 2011 for Chunky Move with It Sounds Silly. The success of It Sounds Silly was the launching pad for Adam to create Yellow Wheel and he has only recently stepped down as the Artistic Director.


Between 2014-2018 Adam was working in the VET industry as the Artistic Director of The Space School of Performance Arts (2014-2016) and Head of Contemporary Development at Transit (2018). Over this time he was also commissioned to choreograph the Contemporary System of Training for Australian Teachers of Dancing, which is taught all over Australia and south east Asia.  He is currently the Artistic Director of TasDance.



Topic: Marketing your Dance Studio


Paul Singh is the manager of the Tamworth City Dance Academy (TCDA) which he operates alongside his wife and TCDA Principal, Kellie.  Having earned a Bachelor of Arts (Communication), Diploma of Public Safety and Diploma of Marketing, Paul has enjoyed a diverse career as Commercial Photographer and Designer and Forensic Investigator with the NSW Police before joining TCDA a decade ago.


His business and marketing strategies have seen TCDA recognised with first place awards for Excellence in Customer Service at the Tamworth Quality Business Awards, Regional Business Awards and NSW State Business Awards as well as being named Regional Business of the year in 2019.  Paul was named Equity Advocate Man of the Year by the Zonta Club of Tamworth at the 2020 International Women’s Day Awards.


No two dance schools are exactly alike, and it is by recognising and enhancing the studio’s unique characteristics and points of difference that busines owners can formulate strategies for success.  Paul will discuss approaches to self-awareness, imaging, business planning and promotion that will not only grow your student body, but also galvanise your existing dance family.



Topic: Keeping Kids Safe in Dance


Jackie has almost 30 years of commitment to the growth and development of young people. She has dedicated her life to empowering them and helping them to realise their full potential and self worth and values every opportunity she is given to change lives. With 37 years of performance experience including television, festivals, conventions, educational events, competitions and world dance events, Jackie has vast performance, choreographic and educational experience working with prolific choreographers and companies.


Complementing her passion and application in the Arts is her solid business experience. Her career roles to date have included Director, Venue Manager, Sales and Marketing Manager and Functions and Events Manager.


Along with her commitment to the performing arts industry and the training of young people within it. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Dance and Drama), a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts Honours (under scholarship) all from Deakin University where she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for outstanding creative product. She also holds many further qualifications including Diploma of Dance, Diploma of Musical Theatre and a Certificate IV in TAE.


Jackie is continuously engaging in research and professional development and is particularly interested in growth mindset and all issues facing the youth of today. As the founder of Keep Kids Safe In Dance, she leads workshops, outreach and support programmes, awareness campaigns, seminars and research and development in all fields associated with safety in dance.


Jackie has mentored many thousands of young people over three continents for almost 30 years, in dance schools, educational facilities and membership organisations. This included working for six years in London as Head of Dance and Drama and Head of the Gifted and Talented programme at an inner city comprehensive school serving an ethnically diverse community in a socially very deprived area.  During this time, Jackie was engaged in a significant amount of professional development both internally at the school and externally and worked closely with social services, the police, families, inclusion teams and other stakeholders in child abuse cases. These challenging environments lead Jackie to wok in

the area of disadvantaged youth and the arts.


Jackie understands the value of empowering communities and providing the means to a voice and is immensely passionate about being the best mentor possible to all those she meets.



Topic: System of Training – Advanced Ballet


A professional dancer for 21 years, Mark is a dance teacher, and now academic and dance scientist, currently teaching at the University of Edinburgh in the Dance Science and Education programme.


He holds a Masters in Dance Science and Education (Distinction), a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Dance Education, a State Dance Diploma (DE), a Certificate of Aptitude (CA) and a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management (ATOD).


Mark is now with the University of Edinburgh where he is presently a PhD candidate, focusing on talent development and the dancer.


Mark has over 30 years of dancing, teaching and guesting experience in various international ballet companies and school settings and has spoken at various conventions and conferences.


Originally from Australia, Mark was accepted in to the Australian Ballet School at only 16, and after only one year he joined the Australian Ballet and reached the rank of soloist by the time he was 21. Later awarded a grant to study at The Paris Opera School, Mark performed internationally with the Australian Ballet (Melbourne) later joining Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Bayerisches Staatsballett, and finishing his career with the Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin.


Other dance projects include international guesting, coaching, creating and assisting choreographers with ballet companies such as the Paris Opera, Shanghai Ballet, Central Ballet of China, National Ballet of Vietnam, among others.


As a pedagogue, Mark’s work includes many educational roles, teaching dance in vocational and non-vocational school settings and higher education. He has also taught primary and secondary schools students in France and Australia creative movement and choreography by developing a practice that employs links to the industry and brings importance of theory in to practice.



Topic: ATOD App


Konnect Digital is a multicultural app development team based in Brisbane, Australia. As a successful start up to a thriving scale up, they know what it takes to execute good ideas.


They tell their clients before taking on their project, that they want to create the best apps on the app store. Konnect Digital has an experienced, smart and dedicated team ready to develop apps, whether businesses are fresh faced start ups or more established enterprises.



Topic: System of Training – Level 6 Musical Theatre


Andrea Dalton was the principal and owner of Dance Dynamics, Maroochydore Qld, where she sustained a 33 year career educating dance students in a variety of genre.  Many of her students have embarked on careers in both dance performance and teaching.


As a former President and current Examiner with the Australian Teachers of Dancing, Andrea has travelled extensively both domestically and abroad, examining and delivering seminars and workshops for teachers and students.


Andrea holds qualifications including a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management, a current Certificate IV TAE, and tertiary education as a primary school teacher.  She has been, and is currently involved in System of Training development for ATOD, and as a developer in the RTO branch of the company.



Topic: System of Training – Intermediate and Advanced Tap


Rohan is one of Australia’s most versatile performers. With a career spanning over 20 years, he has conquered every medium in the performing spectrum.


As a musical theatre star, he has established himself as a true triple threat with his roles as Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain, Riff in West Side Story, Zach in A Chorus Line, Fred Casely in Chicago, Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, Ken Railings in Strictly Ballroom, George in The Drowsy Chaperone, Carmen Ghia in The Producers and Tommy Albright in Brigadoon, to name a few.


Rohan has graced the silver screen in prominent roles in Dance Academy, the award-winning comedy The Drop Off, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Hamish and Andy’s True Stories and in the new Channel 7 blockbuster mini-series, Secret Bridesmaid’s Business.



Topic: RTO Update


Melissa has been working in Training, Assessment, Development and Validation for the ATOD Registered Training Organisation for over four years.


She holds a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management and a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment and has taught ballet in Newcastle, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane for many years, becoming a highly regarded teacher and mentor for young teachers.


Melissa began her professional career at the Royal New Zealand Ballet after being awarded a Bronze Medal at the Adeline Genee awards and a large Bursary from the City of Sydney Eisteddfod which she used to study at the world renowned Paris Opera Ballet School.


Her passion for VET and its industry developed training and assessment practices ensure that she guides, regulates and educates about dance to dance teaching students.



TOPIC: Dance Studio Essentials


Danielle is the CEO of Lennon Circus and Entertainment Pty Ltd, which runs The Studio of Performing Arts – Springfield in Queensland. She is passionate about young learners and The Arts and prides herself on her adaptable approach to teaching the individual.  Within this vibrant, energetic Arts community, her clientele reaches students ranging from two years to adult, offering over 500 classes per week.  These consist of Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, Aerial Lyra, Acrobatics, Clowning, Drama and Singing. Employing professional school teachers and dance industry professionals, The Studio is an industry leader in Arts education.

With over 25 years dance teaching experience and over 10 years of working in Education Queensland and Anglican Schools, Danielle has a true passion for teaching and still teaches three to four nights each week. Her company is the first dance school in Australia to be approved through the Department of Education as a Vacation Care Provider. 


February 7, 2021
8:00 am - 4:00 pm