Through my teaching I aim to provide children with the chance to explore their creativity and imagination through movement and the magic of dance. Children who attend my dance classes are given the chance to experience the joy which dance and performing can bring.
Classical ballet provides an important foundation for all types of dance. Children are taught correct technique from the beginning and may build on this in other genres of dance. An integral part of dance is discipline. I believe the self discipline children learn from dance benefits them in all facets of their childhood and beyond.
Rachel McLeod MBed, RAD RTS, CSTD Affil.
Rachel began dancing at the age of three and was taught by Cheryl Bradley in Adelaide. Rachel studied RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) classical, CSTD (Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance) tap and jazz, contemporary, drama and musical theatre. At the age of 16 Rachel moved to Melbourne to study dance (performing arts) full time at Dance World Studios.
Rachel returned to Adelaide when she was 20 and began teaching jazz and tap for Terry Simpson. Under Ms Simpson’s tutelage she gained her RAD teaching qualifications and went on to teach classical ballet, SACE jazz and tap for Ms Simpson. During this time she also taught for Jayson Smart at his Murray Bridge and Morphett Vale studios. There Rachel taught RAD classical, tap and jazz to students aged 3 to adult.
In 2009 Rachel gained her Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary) through the University of South Australia – Magill.
Rachel has over 18 years dance teaching experience and established Rachel McLeod Dance Studios in January 2013. The studio offers a full range of genres, taught within our fully equipped dance studio. Rachel is married to Glenn and has four wonderful children Eli, Clara, Asher and Hazel.
Dana Hansen Certificate 2 in Dance, Grade 5 RAD, Grade 4 CSTD Jazz
Dana began her dance training in 2013 when RMDS was established, taking classes in all genres. Dana has attained her Certificate 2 in Dance in conjunction with Gravity Studios in Adelaide. Dana has shown exceptional diligence and commitment to her dance studies, taking examinations in RAD Classical and CSTD Jazz. From the very beginning Dana has loved being in the studio assisting Miss Rachel with Junior Ballet classes.
We couldn’t be prouder of Miss Dana and welcome her to the teaching team this year as she teaches Fairies & Elves and KinderJazz this year.
Jo has had a love of music forever!
She has taught piano over the last 20 years to all ages and has also been teaching choir at Monash Primary School for 7 years, taking part in the Riverland Primary Schools’ Music Festival each year.
Jo plays piano, guitar, banjo, ukelele, some percussion instruments and of course sings!
Jo is excited to share her love of music with our dancers and we can not wait to Sing our hearts out with Miss Jo this year!
DanceStep – Dance Student Teacher Education Program
At RMDS we are very excited to announce we are now a registered affiliate studio and member of the DanceStep program. Offered in partnership with studio teachers, DanceStep empowers students to take care of others and guides them to be leaders and role models. The program covers assistant teaching skills such as behaviour management, different learning needs and styles, Safe Dance Principles and Anatomy to name just a few. These concepts are broken down to be taught in a sequential and age appropriate way to children from ten or eleven years of age. Whether students are considering a career in dance teaching or otherwise, the DanceStep program is a great preparation for many aspects of life.
We are thrilled to have Miss Dana, Miss Aimee, Miss Jordyn, Miss Indya, Miss Mikayla, Miss Maddie and Miss Jorja completing level one this year.