OUR TEACHERS

iDance strives to provide students with teachers who are passionate, reliable, experienced and responsible. We employ teaching staff who hold the required experience, knowledge and/or qualifications for the styles, levels, and age groups being taught.

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.  In 2018 iDance will be offering certified Teacher Training, amalgamating on the job training at the same time - exciting things to come!

 

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.

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, Teacher of 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

JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY, HIP HOP, ACRO DANCE & SHOWCASE TEACHER, STAGE MANAGER

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.

Nicola Bolton

JAZZ, BALLET, CONTEMPORARY, HIP-HOP TEACHER

Nicola has danced continuously since she was 4 years of age, studying Dance as part of her VCE in 2013 and also completing her Advanced 2 RAD Examination with a Distinction in the same year.

 

In 2014 Nicola moved to New York, USA and completed a Certificate in Dance Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.  

 

After graduating in October 2015, Nicola immediately began her performing career working for Spirit Productions, Myrtle Beach USA in their production of ‘Christmas Wonderland’. In January 2016, Nicola moved to Japan, employed at Tokyo Disneyland, dancing in One Man's Dream II.  Nicola began her cruise ship journey with Royal Caribbean in August 2017 and has completed 4 contracts, recently on 'Navigator of the Seas' as Dance Captain.

 

She has trained and performed in various styles of dance during her career, including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Showgirl and Ballroom.

 

Nicola has returned to Australia and is excited to be teaching in Shepparton at Daphne Learoyd School of Dance and joining iDance, Echuca, where she cannot wait to meet our beautiful iDance families.

We at iDance are so lucky to have Nicola, who's Industry experience will educate, influence and encourage passion  to create the high standards of determination that our dancers are accustomed.

Jayme Shead

JUNIOR JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY, BALLET, ACRO DANCE TEACHER, STUDENT PERFORMANCE MANAGER

 

Since the age of 3 Jayme has been dancing and has always loved and enjoyed dancing through the years.

 

She has been an iDance assistant for many years, and more recently an Intern and has now qualified to  teaching. Jayme  is excited to continue strengthening her skills as a dance teacher.

 

Notably, Jayme has completed VET Dance and has a Certificate 2 qualification in dance.  Jayme has also qualified as a Teacher in the Acrobatics Dance Association. She has competed in many eisteddfods over the years in Ballet and Jazz, including Wakakirri Story Dance competition and being part of the team that qualified in the finals to dance at Hamer Hall and winning the title of ‘the Most Amazing Moment’ on stage.  Jayme holds numerous certificates in the Cecchetti method of Classical Ballet as well as the Australian Consevatoire of Ballet.

 

Jayme loves teaching and helping out when she can will continue to help and teach at I-dance as long "as I can.”

 

Jayme is currently extending her knowledge and training by studying Education Support at Bendigo Tafe, and will gain her qualification in July 2020 and hopefully, at a later stage Jayme’s plan is to complete her Bachelor of Education.

 

Jayme has helped backstage for many years with iDance which has lead to her being offered the new position of Student Performance Manager  for iDance Mid-Year and End of Year Productions. 

Courtney Loader

TAP TEACHER, ACCOUNTS AND ADMIN

Courtney is our beautiful new Admin/Accounts lady.  She is the very first person you will see when you step into iDance and she will always make you feel very welcome!

Courtney is also our wonderful Tap Teacher, 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.

Darcy Elliott

MUSICAL THEATRE/PERFORMING ARTS

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!


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