Saturday 9.00am – 12.00pm
Gabrielle Cronan (Nee Kennedy)
Principal Dance Central. Teachers Classical Ballet, Jazz/Hip-Hop, Contemporary & Creative Dance.
Gabrielle Cronan (nee Kennedy) founded Dance Central in 1993.
Gabrielle’s career in dance began as a passion from early childhood. Through determination, dedication and encouragement from family and peers, she has enjoyed a successful career in dance.
As a teenager Gabrielle won the prestigious “Quest 78″ produced by the ABC television series and also won dancer of the year on “Young Talent Time”, Channel 10 television series.
Gabrielle trained at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating as equal dux before being recruited for the WA Ballet Company as a dancer working with many great international choreographers and performing nationally. After dancing Gabrielle stayed with the WA Ballet Company as Touring Wardrobe Mistress. Professional appointments with The Royal Shakespeare Company London, Scottish Ballet Company, Marcelle Marceau, WA Opera Company, and the Playhouse Theatre have enhanced Gabrielle’s experience within the industry.
Further dance studies in Flamenco were completed under The Masters at Amor de Dios, Madrid, Spain (1996).
Gabrielle was a National Recipient of the Australian Institute of Classical Dance annual Teachers’ Scholarship with The Australian Ballet School in 2003.
Gabrielle has been engaged on the National Board of The Australian Institute of Classical Dance (AICD) and has been the President of the Western Australian Branch of the AICD over many years.
Gabrielle employs highly qualified staff who have the integrity and professional attitude required to provide a caring and supportive educational environment for dance studies.
Gabrielle was awarded “Fellowship” status, from the AICD in 2019.
Alex began calisthenics and rhythmic gymnastics at 4 years of age. At the age of 7,she was introduced to many different genres of dance including Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet and Acrobatics. Alex also completed multiple theatrical CSTD exams during her time in Melbourne.
After moving to Perth in 2010 Alex continued her training. She attended classes in all genres and pushed herself to try and broaden her horizons. Alex has performed in multiple competitions every year with solos, duos and troupe routines since 2010.
In 2015 Alex completed a Certificate IV in Commercial Dance . During that year she was fortunate enough to perform in High School Musical On Stage, at Telethon and was asked to dance at the telethon after party and she was fortunate enough to perform in multiple performances.
Alex has been able to dance for Rachael Beck, Rhonda Burchmore and Rob Mills. She also sung back up for Reigan Derry.
Alex has completed her Diploma in Dance and continues to be sort after in the dancing world.
Born in Perth, WA, Rosie discovered her love of dance in ballet classes at the age of 3. An obvious passion for movement led her to Dance Central where she continued training under the guidance of Gabrielle Cronan and expanded a range of performance experience in ballet, lyrical, flamenco, jazz and hip-hop, before continuing into intensive ballet training at Stevens Dance Academy. Rosie explored higher levels of Classical and Contemporary dance as she progressed to the Certificate II in Dance at the Western Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), which then led to her BA in Dance. During this time she was granted the opportunity to undertake a placement with Sydney Dance Company and Wicked! The Musical, as well as a semester-long exchange at the State University of New York, Purchase College.
After her experiences outside of Perth; seeing world class companies and learning from highly influential dance teachers, choreographers and artists, Rosie was determined to take her career to an international platform and moved to London where for the past two years she completed her Masters in Dance Performance (graduating with Distinction) and toured the UK and Europe with Transitions Dance Company, based at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She is greatly excited to be back in Perth, and in particular at Dance Central, to be able to bring some of the amazing experiences gained overseas to the new generation of dancers!
Rachel Perica was born in Perth Western Australia. After completing a Certificate II in dance at WAPPA she was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) where she successfully completed a Bachelor of Dance. During this time Rachel gained extensive training in both Ballet and Contemporary and worked with renowned choreographers including; Sue Healey, Stephanie Lake, Philip Adams, Carlee Mellow, Rebecca Hilton, Don Aska and Dianne Reid. In 2009 she performed in Dance House’s ‘Open Season’ program in ‘Without Pretense’, and in 2007, performed in ‘Leaving the Left’ as part of John Cage’s Musicircs in the Melbourne International Arts Festival. During 2007 Rachel was also represented by a NSW based dance agency where she gained commercial and corporate performance jobs.
In 2010 Rachel completed further studies at WAAPA, graduating with Honors in a Bachelor of Arts majoring in dance. The degree was associated with LINK Dance Company. As a company member of LINK Rachel was apart of the creation of six brand new contemporary works. National Choreographers included; Michael Whaites, Antony Hamilton, Deborah Robertson, Cass Mortimer Eipper and International Choreographers Fabien Prioville (Pina Bausch and Lalala Human Steps) and Directors Joseba Lazkano Lizundia and Fernando G Montoya (The Bai Theatre School in Bilbao, Spain).
These works were toured both nationally and internationally; as apart of LINK’s European tour in the ACT Festival, and ReACT Festival in Spain and also featuring at the World Dance Alliance conference in New York. Whilst on tour, Rachel took company classes in London, attended summer intensive workshops with Dance New Amsterdam and Peri Dance in New York.
During her time as a 2010 LINK dance company member, Rachel wrote her Honors thesis entitled “The Dancing Imagination” which has been published for the Edith Cowan Library. Currently Rachel is undergoing a Certificate IV in Pilates Matwork Instruction at the Pilates Fitness Institute of WA.
Teaches Ballet, Jazz/Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Tap
Elyse Anderson has been a part of the Dance Central staff for 5 years teaching Ballet, Jazz/Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Tap. Elyse began dancing at the age of three, at her family owned dance school located just outside of Vancouver, Canada. She is fully trained in Cecchetti Ballet, Jazz, AIDT Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, CDTA Acrobats, and Hip Hop.
She was trained in tap and jazz by world champion Lacey Boyd, as well as various choreographers who have worked with Michael and Janet Jackson, Brittney spears, and Missy Elliot. Elyse has been a competitive dancer since the age of ten. She was also invited to dance with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on various occasions. In both 2003 and 2004 Elyse was the recipient of the top Cecchetti Ballet Award for her age category in British Coloumbia, Canada.
Elyse moved to Perth in December of 2005 and has continued to increase her dance knowledge by attending workshops and holiday programs at Australian dance companies such as Brent Street in Sydney, and Dance World in Melbourne. Elyse holds a Private Pilots licence and is currently working towards a Commercial Pilots Licence while studying at ECU.
Teaches Jazz/Hip Hop
Bachelor of Science Major in Sports Science. Graduate Diploma Secondary Education, WA. Dance Specialist at Safety Bay Senior High School specializing in Jazz/Hip-Hop. Involved in the Rock Eisteddford Challenge 2002, Southwest Dance Festivals and an independent dance production of Romeo & Juliet at the Playhouse Theatre 2003. Teaches Jazz/Hip-Hop
Teaches Tap and Jazz/Hip Hop
Julie has been teaching professionally for over 15 years. She is a member of the Australian Teachers of Dance and is trained in RAD Ballet and in ISTD Tap & Modern. She holds a Certificate IV in dance teaching & studio management.
Julie is passionate about developing young Perth dancers and has worked with various dance studios teaching classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, creative dance and fitness. Under her guidance, students have been very successful in both state and national dance competitions and have gone on to secure placements in some of the country’s most sought after full time dance programs.
Prior to teaching, Julie won numerous awards for dance examinations and competitions. Julie also competed in Sports Aerobics; she went on to win medals at State, National and International Championships. She also performed with STEPS Youth Contemporary Dance Company here in Perth.
In addition to these personal successes Julie has performed on both stage and television with the children’s group The LuLu’s and has choreographed and performed for various festivals and charity events around Perth.
Mackenzie Dunn is Perth born and has been dancing and teaching at Dance Central for over 12 years. She has her Diploma of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre at Principal Academy of Dance and the Certificate II of Musical Theatre at WAAPA. She was awarded the State Silver Star for Cecchetti Ballet and has choreographed for St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls as part of the IGSSA Dance Festival. She has a joy for teaching dance and is also thrilled to be entering the prestigious Musical Theatre course at WAAPA in 2015.
Mackenzie recently played “Francine” in the 2018 production of Jersey Boys. Other professional credits credits include: ‘Squeaky Fromme’ in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins (Black Swan State Theatre Company), and ‘Bubba’ in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (Black Swan State Theatre Company).
Isabella hails from Sydney NSW where she trained from an early age at Academy Ballet under Mrs Kuner, Mr Bill Pengelly and the redoubtable Mrs Dubovsky. Isabella completed her ballet education at the Australian Conservatoire in Melbourne and from there joined the Finnish National Ballet, where after a few months as an apprentice, she was promoted to dancer. During her 4 years in Finland, Isabella danced in numerous classics in both corps and solo roles including Swan Lake, La Sylphide Nutcracker, Manon, La Bayadere and Sleeping Beauty. During her time at the Finnish National, Isabella had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Ohad Naharin and Jorma Elo. Isabella was offered a place at the Western Australian Ballet after working in Finland with its current director Mr Scanella.
Isabella has been fortunate enough to enjoy the tutelage and guidance of some very prominent dancers, including Miss Vicki Attard and Ms Cynthia Harvey. In 2009, Isabella won the Roseta Mauri International Competition in Spain, convened by Mr Arcardi Carbonell and later Mr Angel Corella. Isabella performed the lead role in the critically acclaimed Bennelong Project Sydney Opera House.
Isabella has been engaged to guest teach in Finland, Sydney and Perth. She has taken classes of all ages and coached individuals at an elite level. Isabella teaches all kinds of dance including classical ballet, contemporary and flamenco.
Born in Japan, Lisa began her dancing career when she was 2 and a half years old at Studio Dance Sonnet in Yokohama, later moving to the Tachibana Ballet Institute, now known as Asami Maki Ballet Tokyo. Upon moving to Perth, she continued her ballet studies at Dance Central under the instruction of Gabrielle Cronan. Here, she also founded her passion for Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop and has been training and performing in those styles for over 10 years.
Lisa is actively involved dancing herself undertaking workshops with many renowned dancers and choreographers including Marko Panzic, Stephan Tannos and Lauren Seymour.
She is very excited to be teaching again this year bringing her fresh, individual style.
Lisa has attained her Licentiate qualification for Classical Ballet teaching.
Matthew’s dancing career started at a young age with training in Hip Hop, Acrobatics and Jazz. He quickly progressed to the advanced troupes regularly participating in competition and performances. He successfully auditioned and was accepted into the John Curtin College of the Arts Specialist Dance and Ballet programs receiving training in Contemporary, Breakdance and Ballet. The first the five years at John Curtin Matthew was named Performer of the Year and selected for the opening solo of the Performing Arts Perspectives in 2010.
Following John Curtin Matthew trained and performed with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts for three and a half years and has enjoyed a number of lead and ensemble roles with The Ian Charles Westrip Performing Arts Association (CATS, Macavity), STEPS Youth Dance Company, Bent Knee Creative and John Curtin College of the Arts. Matthew has also been teaching at schools across Perth for the last 5 years, including Willetton SHS, Trinity College, Rossmoyne SHS, Mercedes College, Melville SHS, Lynwood SHS, Leeming SHS, Lakelands SHS, John Septimus Roe Anglican School, John Curtin College of the Arts, Applecross SHS and All Saints College. During this time he has also successfully choreographed students for competition and performances and still perform regularly in both competitions and various performances.