Teaching Faculty

Meet the Brisbane Academy of Dance Teachers

Brisbane Academy of Dance offers a wide range of qualified teachers in all areas of dance. They all have an energetic approach
to teaching and encourage students to achieve their personal best at all times.

Zoe Westh

Zoe Westh has been the Principal of Brisbane Academy of Dance (BAD) for more than 13 years, after taking on the studio in 2004. Studying classical ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre from the early age of four, Zoe lives for her passion of the performing arts and passing her vast knowledge of dance onto the younger generations. After studying musical theatre and commercial dance in Sydney and Brisbane, Zoe became the Principal of B.A.D, striving to produce a positive and nurturing environment for her students to grow and develop their talents in all genres of dance.

Zoe is a qualified registered teacher and member of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD;RTS) and the Australasian Dance Association certified with an Advanced Diploma in jazz, tap & classical ballet. Zoe also holds a Diploma in Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance.

Zoe is currently a probationary examiner with the Australasian Dance Association.

Amanda Pollock

Amanda is a registered Australasian Dance Association (ADA) Jazz & Tap Teacher, holding her Advanced Diploma in jazz and tap with 30 years experience. While pursuing her dance career Amanda also had a successful career as a Chartered Accountant with some of the largest accounting firms in Australia.

Amanda started as a freelance teacher and choreographer in Townsville and for 10 years worked with various local media organisations and agencies including Extensions – the youth company of Dance North. She was the artistic director of “Radio 4T0, Big Rooster, Stars on Stage”, a youth song and dance group who toured North Queensland for 5 years. Following this Amanda worked in Mt Isa with two local dance schools, often travelling to Cloncurry and Julia Creek to bring dance to children in remote communities. Moving to Cairns, Amanda was head jazz & tap teacher for Turning Pointe Dance Studios for 10 years. After moving to Brisbane in 2009 she then began teaching at Brisbane Academy of Dance, taking many of our ADA jazz and tap syllabus classes, open classes and adult classes.

Specialising in tap, Amanda’s focus is to provide the best possible dance training with a holistic approach that balances the pursuit of technique and artistry with each student’s personal needs.

Amanda is currently a probationary examiner with the Australasian Dance Association.

Melinda Gatti

Melinda Gatti began dancing at an early age, receiving training in a variety of dance forms including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop. Melinda is a registered teacher of A.D.A. in jazz and tap, holding her Advanced Diploma, and is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD;RTS) and has received her ARAD in classical ballet. She has also received her Bachelor in Primary Education HPE from QUT.

Moving to Brisbane from Cairns in 2011, Melinda taught tap and jazz at a local dance school before coming to dance and teach at Brisbane Academy of Dance.

Kyra Kennedy

Kyra Kennedy has been a student and started her dance training at Brisbane Academy of Dance from the age of three. Whilst studying dance at the Brisbane Academy of Dance, Kyra has excelled in contemporary, jazz, tap, classical ballet, hip hop, lyrical & acrobatics. Kyra has been involved in many group and solo performances throughout Greater Brisbane and has been a member of BADANCE from its launch in 2014.

Kyra is a registered teacher with the Australasian Dance Association holding her Advanced Diploma in jazz and Intermediate Diploma in tap. Kyra is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and a teacher of Comdance Jason Winters Contemporary Technique Syllabus (affiliate member Comdance).

Kyra has recently completed her Teachers certificate in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and is excited to share this knowledge & methodology with all her students increasing their flexibility, range & strength.

Kyra is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) at Australian Catholic University (ACU).

As well as teaching other genres Kyra is our lead teacher of our Little Superstars Program & an accredited teacher of Ready Set Dance. With a true passion for encouraging students, Kyra looks forward to developing & inspiring all students from the youngest age up to older students to reach their individual goals.

Jasmine Pollock

Growing up surrounded by dance, Jasmine began at a very young age and developed a strong love for all styles of dance. Originally starting dance in Townsville, Jasmine began a student of the Brisbane Academy of Dance when her family moved to Brisbane in 2009 where she studied all forms of dance but has a passion for tap, jazz, classical ballet and lyrical. Jasmine holds her Advanced Diploma in Jazz & tap with the Australasian Dance Association and also has a Certificate III in Child Care. Jasmine is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at QUT.

Maddison Brooker

Trained in BBO, RAD and ATOD syllabus as well as engagement in other syllabi such as Glenwood, CSTD and Acrobatique, Miss Maddi’s versatility is her strength. After finishing high school Maddison studied full-time Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance at the Australian Dance Performance Institute which kick-started her performance opportunities and opened doors for further teaching expectations.

Maddison is trained and passionate in all genres, recently focusing around Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Lyrical styles. Whilst also being trained in Music, Vocal, Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics and Acting. Continuously engaging in workshops with prestigious choreographers and performing in a variety of professional work, Maddison believes in a hard working and positive environment, maintain this and encourage it upon the talented students she teaches. Maddison is eager to mentor students to improve and encourage self- motivation in a classroom atmosphere and beyond.

Maddison Kelsey

Before returning to make Brisbane her home in 2015, Maddison trained at Alegria Dance Studio in Sydney, National College of Dance in Newcastle and The Conlan College in Sydney. She them moved to America to join the Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy. Maddison went on to become a member of the Houston Ballet Company then continued her professional dance career on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Productions for 4 years.

With an extensive professional dance career in the industry, Maddison has a wealth of experience and knowledge in classical ballet, lyrical and cabaret dance to pass onto our students of all levels with our extension classes.

Janet Nelson

Janet began dancing at an early age and received training in a variety of dance forms including ballet, jazz, tap, folk dance and contemporary. Over her career Janet has taught both locally and overseas, during which time she has been invited as a guest teacher, lectured in the History of Ballet and conducted Teachers’ Courses. She has gained a lot of experience in performing and choreography with several dance companies as a dancer, rehearsal director and choreographer. Whilst teaching in Hong Kong Janet choreographed for the FIVB World Volleyball Championships, as well as many dance competitions. She has also undertaken the role of adjudicator for the Hong Kong Schools Dance Festival.

She has attained a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) Degree from the Queensland University of Technology and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. In addition she has Teaching Diplomas from RAD and CSTD. Janet is a registered RAD teacher and a member of the RAD Panel Qld.

Sarah Love

Sarah has been a student of the Brisbane Academy of Dance from a very young age excelling in both jazz & tap throughout her years.

After completing all her ADA graded examinations, Sarah completed her ADA teaching qualifications in Elementary Jazz and Tap and an accredited teacher of Ready Set Dance.

Miss Sarah is wonderful with our younger students and always looks forward to growing and developing the young minds and talents of our young dancers into gifted dancers.

Nic Maguire

At age 4, Nicholas began his journey towards a professional career in dance. Passionate about Contemporary & Lyrical Dance his impressive work ethic and athletic skills have seen him develop into a powerful Artist. After many years of general practice in various genres he was accepted into the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts secondary School (VCASS) in Melbourne where he studied from 2010-2012. At age 17 he was awarded 1st place at the Australian Choreographic Competition for a contemporary work he developed and choreographed.

After an additional 2 years of full time, Nic continued his pathway into contemporary dance by participating in the Transit Dance Professional Finishing Course where he was hand selected by Artistic Director Paul Malek to be a founding member of Transit Dance Company. During this appointment he worked with Amy Hollingsworth, Two Bars of Isolation, Daniel Jaber, Under and Paul Malek, Every Inch of Me.

Nic was selected by Masters of Choreography’s Jennifer Peric and Milorad Peric to be part of the Beats on Pointe Australian Tour and Raise the Barre Australian Tour. Here he worked with ballet choreographer Emma Vaiano and street choreographer Phill Haddad.

Nic is a well-rounded performer in the Melbourne dance scene working on various productions and events over the past 8 years.

Reception Faculty

Joy Kennedy

Joy has been associated with Brisbane Academy of Dance for over 20 years as a mother and receptionist and is delighted to be a member of our unique community.

Joy’s background includes administration, marketing, inventory, distribution and business strategies. Joy holds multiple diplomas in business management; business & analysis; operations management; web design & technology; customer service & customer care; purchase management, inventory control & analysis, and logistics (importing and exporting). Joy also holds a Teachers certificate in AMEB speech & drama and a Teaching Diploma in Speech & Drama & Communication Skills (TCL) & a higher certificate in phonetics and phonology.

Before becoming a member of the Brisbane Academy of Dance team, Joy operated her own distribution and importing company for many years and branded her own product line both in the local & global markets. Previous to this, held management positions in both retail and wholesale companies as well as working in law firms. An integral key component throughout these experiences is the development of her passion for customer service. Joy is delighted to be able to assist clientele in all facets of administration and queries regarding our wonderful studio and its classes.