GILLIAN REVIE – Director/Level 2 Teacher/Coach
Gillian relocated to Sydney in 2010 where she established her business ‘Classical Ballet 121’ providing talented dancers the opportunity to work one to one with her. Many of her students have been accepted into full time schools such as The Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Elmhurst, Dutch National, Queensland Ballet School and The Gelsey Kirkland Academy and many study in summer schools across the world including American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera, Royal Ballet, English National Ballet School, Australian Ballet School, San Fransisco, Bolshoi, Alberta School of Ballet, and Hamburg Ballet. Gillian has coached finalists for The Genee International Ballet competition and The Alana Haines and has had successful candidates for The Youth America Grand Prix and Varna International Competition.
Gillian Enjoys performing as a Guest Artist with The Australian Ballet Company. Her roles have include Carabosse (David McAllister’s Sleeping Beauty) Queen (Stephen Baynes Swan Lake)
TERESA JOHNSON – RAD coach/mentor
Teresa Johnson, ARAD, Solo Seal, RAD RTS, Diploma in Ballet, UCT, danced professionally for CAPAB Ballet Company after completing the Ballet Diploma Course at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.Teresa completed all the Royal Academy of Dance examinations, was awarded her RAD Solo Seal in 1981 and in 1982 passed the RAD Student Teachers examination. Teresa is a fully registered teacher and a mentor for the Royal Academy of Dance.
Teresa directs her own school The Teresa Johnson Ballet School in the Eastern Suburbs where she is committed to developing each student’s artistry, technique, musicality and joy of dance to its fullest extent. See all student achievements at teresajohnsonballet.com
Teresa leads all RAD classes at Classical Ballet 121. Her teaching provides students with in depth understanding of the examination requirements and a greater knowledge of the RAD’s choreographical style. She mentors us all with commitment and passion, we are honored to have her as an integral part of our organization.
Visit Teresa Johnson Ballet School at teresajohnsonballet.com
ALISTAIR STEWART – Pilates/Pas de Deux/Research
Alistair trained at English National Ballet School and while at ENBS Alistair danced in English National Ballet’s productions of Swan Lake and the Nutcracker. Alistair graduated with a diploma in Dance through Trinity College London in 2008, and went on to dance professionally with Czech National Ballet and Slovakian National Ballet companies.
Alistair has also worked with The Australian Ballet Education department in “Out There” and is currently studying a Diploma in Pilates through Leeon and Shaw Pilates studio.
Alistair has danced in works by Balanchine, Deane, Duato, Eagling, Hynd, Ivanov, Kudelka, Kylian, Lander, Leon, Lightfoot, MacMillan, Makarova, Malakhov, Nault, Petipa, Vamos, Sholz and Schroder.
IOHNA LOOTS – Level 2 Teacher/Repertoire
Iohna was born in Johannesburg, she finished her training at The Royal Ballet School and joined Cape Town City Ballet in 1995, where her repertory included Micaëla (Carmen), Spectre de la rose, and the lead in Choo San Goh’s Configurations and Schubert Symphony. She joined the Royal Ballet Company in 1999 and was promoted to Soloist in 2007. Her repertory includes Clara, Princess Stephanie, Dora Penny, Effie, Vera (A Month in the Country), Le Givre (Les Saisons), Fairy Spring (Cinderella), Alice’s sister (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Flea (‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café), pas de quatre (Gloria), peasant pas de deux and Moyna (Giselle), pas de trois (Swan Lake), Elite Syncopations, Tryst and Tales of Beatrix Potter. She created roles in Tuckett’s The Wind in the Willows (Linbury Studio Theatre) and Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à grande vitesse.
Iohna received many awards during her training including Balletomanes Best Newcomer in Cape Town, Cyril Beaumont Prize, Alicia Markova Award, Arnold Haskell Award at the Royal Ballet School and she was a semi finalist Prix de Lausanne
During her time in the company Iohna was chosen to work with Dame Alicia Markova on her role of ‘The Nightingale’ in Le chant du Rossignol for an archival film on behalf of the George Balanchine Foundation. She also worked extensively with the Royal Ballet Education Department particularly with the Chance to Dance outreach programme. This gave her the opportunity to explore roles such as Aurora and Swanhilda and also gave her an insight into teaching.
In 2013 Iohna completed The Royal Ballet School Professional Dancers Teachers Course and she relocated to Sydney in 2014. She is now passing on her knowledge at Classical Ballet 121 and is devoted to helping talented dancers to become the ballerinas of the future.
NATALIE AYTON – Contemporary
Natalie is a contemporary artist presently working as a performer, choreographer, director of movement and facilitator in international workshops. Born in England and now living in Australia, Natalie trained at the London Contemporary Dance school, Rambert Dance School and the National Youth Dance Company. Her professional dance career has seen her work in contemporary dance and physical theatre companies with choreographer such as Rafael Bonachela, Wayne McGregor, Matthew Bourne, Lucy Guerin and more, touring extensively throughout the UK along with successful international tours to Europe, China and Australia. Evolve Dance is honored to have Natalie share her experience by giving regular contemporary technique and physical theatre classes and workshops.
BRONTE KELLY – Pointe
From QLD Australia, Bronte Kelly started dancing at the age of four and went on to train at the Australian Ballet school. After performing the soloist role of girlfriends in the Australian Dancers Company Don Quixote, she went on to accept a Contract with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Bronte completed her training at the school by dancing the lead role in the graduating production of the Snow Queen.
In Bronte’s second year with the RNZB Company she was given the title role in Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella. From there she went on to perform many of the classics including Cygnets in Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Who Cares, Sleeping Beauty’s Yellow Fairy, Bournonville’s Flower Festival, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated both on national tours and international tours throughout America, Hong Kong, Europe and the U.K.
Many career highlights for Bronte came from the opportunity to work with internationally known choreographers such as Johan Kobborg whereby she performed Les Lutins, Salute and Giselle (which was a joint project with Ethan Stiefel). Also Liam Scarlett who created ‘Cobweb Fairy’ on Bronte when he choreographed Midsummer Nights Dream on the RNZB Company.
A major career highlight was also the opportunity to perform Benjamin Millepied’s 28 Variations and Ethan Stiefel’s Wedding couple in Giselle alongside her mentor and idol Gillian Murphy.
Bronte was given the opportunity to work closely with the Royal New Zealand Ballet companies education department, teaching Masterclasses and workshops while touring the country. She also taught for the Alana Haines Australasian Awards and guest taught at many schools including the New Zealand School of Dance.
MITCHELL RAYNOR – Ballet
Mitchell began formal dance lessons at the relatively late age of 13 in his home town of Newcastle. In 2001 he commenced at the Robyn Turner Ballet School, where he studied classical, jazz, contemporary and character dance, before taking up full-time dance studies there under the guidance of Tessa Maunder in 2003. Mitchell was accepted into The Australian Ballet School in 2005 and received a contract with The Australian Ballet in 2008 where he went on to perform roles in many traditional ballets as well as new works by various esteemed choreographers such as Graeme Murphy & Alexei Ratmanksy. Throughout his time in The Australian Ballet Mitchell had the opportunity to perform internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London & Tokyo as well as various major cities in Australia. Mitchell retired in 2016 and now lives and teaches in Sydney.
TROY VAN SPANJE – InPower Fitness
I have been in the fitness industry for over 15 years and currently the Director of the Inpower Fitness brand. I have certifications as a strength coach, corrective exercise specialist, yogafit, and the selective movement assessment certification. These main qualifications help set the groundwork for the programs that I offer to my members in trying to achieve their personal goals. Over the years I have trained professional athletes from Basketball, Soccer, Rugby and Golf and I’m also included in part of the rehabilitation aspect of athlete conditioning because of my corrective exercise background.
I am now an addition to the girls of Classical Ballet 121 and I have incorporated strength and conditioning sessions into their routine. The aim is to gain strength and endurance while improving muscle symmetry and function through a variation of exercises in all planes of motion. With the proper use of unilateral movements, this will further enhance the performance of their dance skills for a predominately unilateral profession and also avoid injury.
As a certified nutrition coach and metabolic analytics coach, I offer nutrition workshops once per month to educate the girls for body composition results, performance and also knowledge they use later on in their life. Included in the workshop is the Inbody scan which determines over 40 statistics in body composition ranging from body fat percentage, BMI, bone mineral density and also skeletal muscle mass. I believe this is a great way to further educate them on the changes the body goes through throughout adolescent years in terms of height to weight ratio and also changes in muscle mass and proportions.
ALISHA COON – Self Savvi
Alisha began her career with the Queensland Ballet, performing and touring with the company as a part of the Professional Year Program. She then danced in numerous companies in Europe for the next 7 years working with world-renowned choreographers and performing various soloist roles including Clara in The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Alisha returned to Australia to dance with the Sydney Dance Company where she performed many award winning works and toured internationally.
Alisha holds a Diploma of Dance Movement Therapy, and is also a certified Youth Mentor and RAD ballet teacher. Her business, Self Savvi, promotes health and wellbeing for teenagers by providing workshops and online programs to help build self-confidence and manage stress.
“I love the 121 students! They are so eager to learn, respectful and very hard working. Over several sessions with them, I have seen them implement tools and strategies to help them handle the demands of full-time, and that they can take also into their future. Gilly has created such a beautiful environment for the students to grow and thrive, and I am very thankful to be a part of the 121 community.”