After studying all facets of dance from leading teachers at a young age, Katharine received full teaching qualifications from the Royal Academy of Dance. Katharine freelance taught at numerous studios around Perth before opening her own studio in 2008.
Katharine’s focus on providing the best possible training has led her to visit and attend courses run by leading international teachers and training institutions. In 2016 she attended teacher training at The Paris Opera Ballet School and subsequently has been invited back twice more in 2017 to learn more in depth about the French training style from the schools prestigious teachers.
Students that Katharine has trained have gone on to be accepted into – The Australian Ballet School, The Hamburg Ballet School, The English National Ballet School, The New Zealand School of Dance, WAAPA, Sydney Dance PPY along with many more.
Past and present students have attained outstanding examination, scholarship and eisteddfod results. They have also been finalists or prize winners at prestigious competitions both nationally and internationally.
Katharine has a keen interest in chorography and her greatest joy is seeing her students progress and reach their full potential.
AdrienneEastoe RAD RTS ARAD
Rebecca Dewar RAD RTS
Diploma in Dance and fully qualified RAD teacher
Rebecca’s dance career began at Katharine Mantle Performing Arts Academy studying, ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip hop. She also attended John Curtin College of the Arts where she studied both dance and drama. Her skills and hard work being recognized when invited to perform in ‘Perspectives’ in 2011.
Rebecca continued her dance studies in Newcastle at the renowned ‘National College of Dance’ where she gained her ‘Diploma in Elite Performance’ in
Contemporary and ballet as well as having the opportunity to work with a range of key international choreographers; increasing her knowledge and technique in a number of different dance styles.
Whilst in Newcastle, Rebecca danced in a number of performances including ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘Klash’ by Brett Morgan.
Since returning to Perth Rebecca has been in high demand teaching across a number of studios. She has won awards for both solo and troupe choreography in a range of ages and genres.
Rebecca has recently completed her CBTS – RAD teaching qualification as well as enjoying practicing Yoga in her (little) spare time which she also plans to study formally at a future date.
Janelle has traveled the world as a professional dancer & choreographer. Career highlights include music videos, TV, choreography & live shows with DDO Artists Agency Los Angeles, LMFAO, Enrique Iglesias, M.A.C. Las Vegas, Carnival Choreographers Ball, Carnival Cruises, Gaga choreographer Michael Schwandt, McDonalds, Rove, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Abbe May and 92.9.
Janelle is the founder & creative director of female vocal/dance act Nylon (Future Music Festival, Perth Fashion Festival, support for TLC, Ciara, & Samantha Jade), burlesque act Miss Scarlett (RAW Artists Los Angeles & Perth, Leederville Street Carnival, Nocturnal Ball) and teaches Hip Hop & Heels classes to over 200 students all over Perth each week. Students have performed for Summadayze, Battlegrounds, Dance Week, Cancer No Bueno, Bobby Valentino, Danny Green & music videos for Panda Band & Ta-ku.
Janelle's signature style in dance, music, art and entertainment is quirky, eclectic, dark and chilled
Born in Sydney, Robert trained at the McDonald College and then moved to the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington where he graduated in 2002. While studying in NZ he performed with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in their 2001 National tour. In 2003 he joined the Singapore Dance Theatre where he stayed for 7 years working with choreographers such as David Dawson, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Ohad Naharin, Natalie Weir, and Graham Lustig. His repertoire included Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Jorma Elo’s Glow-Stop, and Von Rothbart in Swan Lake. Robert joined West Australian Ballet in January 2010 and has enjoyed performing roles including the soloist in Petr Zuska’s The Rite of Spring, as well as comic roles in Don Quixote and The Taming of the Shrew.
Jessica Newell started dancing at the age of two, where she lived and studied in Busselton for 13 years. At the age of 15 Jessica moved to Perth to study at John Curtin College Of the Arts, as well as WAAPA. (West Australian Performing Arts) At age 18 she moved to Sydney to study at the prestigious school ‘Brent Street Studios’, where she graduated in Certificate IV in Performing Arts. Whilst on Tour with Brent Street in America, Jessica received a full scholarship to Pulse on Tour for the following year, in which she then used and successfully booked one of the biggest agencies in the world, ‘MSA’. Since then she has been living in Hollywood, California, were she dancers, acts and models professionally. Her credits include: Kesha, Pitbull, Chris Brown, Timabland, Neyo and many more. Jessica has also worked on set with some of the best in the business, such as: Quinton Taratino, Sam Rami, James Franco, Mila Kunis and many more.
Jessica has choreographed low budget Music Videos whilst in LA, Professional jobs at the Crown Casino for Excessive Productions and other Corporate work. Jessica has taught at 12+ Schools in Perth, as well as Sydney and America. She strives to push dancers to their limits, mentally and physically, finding strengths and weaknesses to help each individual improve and get closer to their dream. She works best with Professional or goal getters, but can also work with dancers that just do it for the fun.
Jessica can be classes as an entrepreneur, due to the companies and options she offers local dancers. New Wave Images; A photography company, capturing dancer’s movements and emotions. As well as A Dancers’ Dream Tour; a company in which Jessica travels local dancers to America to inspire them and give them a better understanding on the Performing Arts Industry.
Jessica specializes in Commercial Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Lyrical and Contemporary. Her overall goal is to inspire kids of Australia and help dancers in their own goals within Performing Arts.
Born in the United Kingdom, Victoria was accepted into the specialist ballet program at John Curtin College of Arts. During her time at John Curtin, Victoria performed with STEPS Youth Dance Company in Noir Revolvoir. In 2005 she continued her ballet training at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), completing an advanced diploma in dance. Victoria also received the Dame Peggy van Praagh award and the Finlay award. Victoria joined West Australian Ballet in 2008 as a Young Artist and was promoted to a full artist in September 2008. In 2013 she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts. Her career highlights include performing the role of one of the step-sisters in Jayne Smeulders’ Cinderella, the lead role in Natalie Weir’s Lacrimosa and the lead in Ivan Cavallari’s Fishy.
What inspired you to start dancing?
“My nanna first encouraged me to dance when I was four years old because I would always perform to her in her lounge room. She is and always will be my No. #1 fan.”