Staff

Lynelle Kertland - Principal

ARAD, BA Dance (QUT), RAD Reg'd Teacher, FATD Reg't Teacher for Tap and Modern. Also Dual Examiner for JazzAddict Australasia, Urban Ignition Hip-Hop and Lucidity Contemporary Syllabus with The Asia Pacific Dance Association (APDA). Lynelle has trained in all styles of dance from the age of 6, and completed her Advanced (now Adv 2) RAD Ballet exam before graduating with a BA Dance from QUT in 1993 and has been teaching Classical, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre for more than 20 years.

Anita Kertland

Anita was born and dance-trained in Townsville, Australia. Intending to follow a career in Health, but wanting to fulfill her urge to perform, she accepted a short dance contract in Asia and hasn't looked back! After performing in Thailand, Japan, and on the Sydney Showboat in Australia, she then went on to dance on Cruise Ships in America and Europe, at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, and in Musical Theatre including the role of Lorraine in ‘42nd Street’, Germany. 

She holds an Honours degree in Occupational Therapy, and has clinical experience in working with children with learning difficulties and developmental disabilities. She holds a current Yoga Instructor Certification, and is a dual examiner for JazzAddict Australasia and Lucidity Contemporary Syllabus with The Asia Pacific Dance Association (APDA). In 2014 she launched Spring Pointe, a structured play-based pre-ballet program for 3-4 year olds.  She believes in the multi-faceted benefits of learning dancing and urges students to follow the challenging but thoroughly worthwhile path of dance in whatever way they choose.

Christine Bowden - Singing

Singing teacher Chrissy Bowden has been teaching and singing professionally around Brisbane and abroad for the last 15 years. Currently she performs as the lead female vocalist with award winning Brisbane based covers band “Supersonic”, and is a ‘sister' in “The Andrew's Sisters Tribute Show”.

Chrissy has performed in a number of Musical Theatre productions, including “Cabaret”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Heart and Music Broadway Concert”, “Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”, and more recently played the role of “Baroness Elsa Schraeder” in “The Sound of Music”.

Chrissy is highly experienced in teaching all styles of Musical Theatre and Contemporary singing to all ages and levels, and is fully qualified with a Bachelor of Music, and Masters of Music (Voice Major) from QUT.

Arabella Healion

Dancing since the age of three, Arabella has trained in the styles of Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, AcroDance, Ballet and Hip-Hop. She has completed her Advance 1 RAD ballet exam, Jazz Addict Australasia (Solo Seal), Lucidity (Level 10), BBDS Hip-Hop and most recently has become a certified Acrobatic Arts teacher. She also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Distinction). Arabella loves teaching and encouraging students to challenge themselves and extend their range of skills.

Lisa Robertson

Lisa has been dancing since the age of 5 and trained in the styles of Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Hiphop. Along with graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from QUT, Lisa has also completed her Advanced 1 RAD ballet exam, jazz addict australasia (solo seal), Lucidity (level 10) and BBDS Hiphop. Having worked at multiple ‘Out of the Box’ Children’s festivals Lisa loves teaching and encouraging students of all ages.

Gef Whitelock

Gef first joined the ATD team 5 years ago and has brought with him a wealth of experience gained from over 30 years of gymnastic and acrobatic teaching and over 10 years working as a professional acrobatic performer. Gef has performed in two major productions - 'Galaxies' and 'Jewel of the Orient Express' - at the Jupiter's Casino International Showroom on the Gold Coast. Gef has showcased his skills in a myriad of other environments, including a duo acro-comic act at Warner Brothers Movie World and conventions and events throughout Australia and South Korea. Gef's technical and performance skills have strongly assisted ATD's students with their tumbling and balancing skills as well as helping develop their overall flexibility and core body strength.

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