OUR TEACHERS AND VALUES
iDance strives to provide students with teachers who are passionate, reliable, experienced and responsible.
Vision and mission statement -The nature of idance is to promote a sensitive and nurturing family environment, working together toward the common goal of enjoyment, confidence, excellence and inclusion - from our once a week students to our pre-professional students.
All students will be nurtured and respected whilst sticking to our core values and beliefs - “to be honourable and honest with integrity, kindness, and discipline, challenging yourself to reach your personal best”
Supporting and nurturing one another and growing together as members of the same special group aiming to improve, to grow and achieve together, just as families do!
Teachers use effective teaching methods to create a productive learning environment for every student, whilst maintaining a strict, disciplined, and industry related environment.
Assistant teachers are also assigned to assist in younger classes.
We are also very excited to be able to offer some of our senior students 'Teacher Training', which really rounds off their dance education, enabling them to be able to teach classes when they are finished their Year 12 studies and off to further education or work.
All staff members all hold a 'Working with Children Check' and at least one staff member on site at all times is First Aid qualified.
Jacqui Kornmann B.Ed
Founder and Principal
Jacqueline Kornmann B.Ed
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL
Echuca's much-loved, trusted and admired Jacqui Kornmann has had over 35 years teaching experience, along with 40 years of training, including professional dancing abroad with IM Co. Japan.
Qualifications include B.Ed, Assoc.Dip., Cecchetti, Membership with Australian Teachers Of Dance and is registered to teach Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (Vaganova), Membership and Dance Skills set trainer (Ausdance), Certified Kinesiological Stretching coach, VET and VCE dance teacher, trained and qualified as a Teacher of Jeanette Liddell Modern Dance Education Syllabus, Cert.4 in training and assessment, First Aid Certificate, Echuca College Dance Teacher, VCE and VET dance teacher and Wakakirri and Rock Eisteddfod co-ordinator since 2005. Jacqui has been an assessor, examining for VCE Dance Performance examinations in Melbourne. .
As founder and principal of iDance, Jacqui encourages a non-competitive environment in which the attainment of personal, creative, performance, physical and technical skills are just as important as having fun.
Jacqui agree's that competitions are a wonderful opportunity and foundation in stage performance. Children love to dress up and perform while meeting new friends and working in a team environment, for fun. On a personal level this training allows students to deal with disappointment as well as success in a controlled and nurturing environment, strengthening that foundation for their lives to come.
Jacqui wishes for all of her students and their audience to truly express as well as experience that beautiful love of dance, that is inside us all!
Holly Kornmann B.Ed
Holly was training before she was even born - and has never missed one week of training in the art of dance. She has been learning to teach since such a youngster, as she was always 'with mum at ballet'!
Holly has successfully obtained her Batchelor of Education (primary teacher), VET Dance, Certificate 2 in Dance, VCE dance and First Aid certificate, Her qualifications include her Skills Set for Dance Teachers and Acrobatic Dance Association Teaching Certificate. She has also been examined in the Cecchetti method of classical ballet, Rock Eisteddfod Student leader participating in many Rock Eisteddfods and Wakakirri Story Dance Competitions, Royal South Street competitor.
Holly is happy that her choice of studying the Bachelor of Education has assisted her to understand student management, student issues, ethical behaviour and understanding young people and children through the continued study of child psychology and other elements, and apply's her knowledge to all classes and situations.
Courtney is our wonderful Tap Teacher, teaches Acro and she also dabbles in Teaching our youngest iDance members too!
Courtney’s love of tap dance started at the young age of three. In 2016 she joined iDance and has never looked back. Over 17 years of tap dancing Courtney has studied with Southern Federation of Dance, Tap Attak Oz and Australian Teachers of Dance. Across her years of study she has completed many exams and assessments and has recently returned to study with Southern Federation of Dance to complete her final exam and teaching certificate.
Courtney is also a current student with Motion Studios in Bendigo, here she studies in the styles of Latin, Ballroom and New Vouge. She has completed exams in all of these styles and Courtney will continue to complete exams and progress through the levels. Locally, Echuca Moama Theatre Company is also an interest to Courtney and she is involved as both a performer and choreographer.
Courtney looks forward to being a part of the iDance family in the classroom, behind the desk and dabbling in teaching our youngest members of iDance too.
Performing Arts Teacher
Darcy has been involved in many aspects of the performing arts for over 15 years now.
Having experience and involvement in film & television, dance, vocal, comedy, ventriloquism, radio and musical theatre. He has a real passion for all things performance and loves to entertain and inspire kids to have the same love for performing.
Darcy's experience comes from an array of mentors and inspirations from all aspects of the arts as well as his own personal achievements. These include working with industry professionals in New York on Broadway, Film and television experience on Neighbours, Home & Away and television commercials, multiple appearances on Australia’s got talent, comedy performances with some of Australia’s leading comics and being involved in over 20 productions with local theatre companies.
Bringing a wide range of knowledge on all things performing, Darcy loves to build confidence in performers and really tap into their full potential and help them shine on stage.
An Australia Day awards recipient of young citizen of the year, Arts Person of the year and Arts person of the Campaspe shire Darcy knows what it takes to be a leader and role model to kids and young adults.
Darcy loves working with kids and young adults as he still considers himself a big kid at heart! He just wants kids to love performing and being on stage as much as he does and hopes he can bring fun, laughter and happiness into everyone’s day!
Darcy's day job sees him working at EDGE FM so you just might find his voice familiar as he often does voice over work for commercials.What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...
Andrea was a student at iDance from year 7, and after her schooling she trained for two years at Jason Colemans Ministry of Dance where she was certified.
Andrea has performed on the AFL footy show, the Footy Parade, the AFL Victoria Beyond Blue, Australian Dance Festival, Masters of Choreography and has taught at various schools around the Melbourne Area.
Andrea's passion for teaching girls and boys how to dance is evident when watching her classes.
She is our fun, vibrant spark of happiness, and we are so lucky to have her back teaching for us!