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Our Team: Our Staff
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Alana Beaton ARAD RAD RTS

Director

Miss Alana has been sharing her passion for classical ballet and the performing arts with dancers in Canberra (from ages 2-Adult) for over 7 years now. 

In 2019, she graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) with her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS), and is now a RAD Registered Teacher (RAD RTS). She has completed all of her RAD Vocational Examinations up to and including Advanced 2, earning her the title of Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD). She is also a CBTS mentor and is currently mentoring Miss Rachel through her studies.

Miss Alana is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor, having completed her Module 1, Aerials & Back Handsprings, and Module 2 teacher training courses with a score of 100% on her written exams, and 9/10 (Excellent) on her practical teaching exam. 

She is also a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Teacher, with "excellent awareness of the preparations required before a student can go onto pointe" and "knowledge and understanding of the methodology that underpins the PBT program." - Marie Walton-Mahon OAM (Founder, PBT). 

Miss Alana is a certified Alixa Flexibility Instructor, and has completed the Alixa Flexibility Module 1 Instructor Certification Course. She also holds a current First Aid qualification and Working With Vulnerable People check. 

 

As a student, Miss Alana trained at Classical Ballet Centre Canberra (formerly Canberra Youth Ballet School) in RAD Ballet and Character, Tap and Modern (FATD and ISTD Syllabi), as well as Contemporary and Jazz. She was awarded the Betsy Sawers Memorial Scholarship (a full scholarship to Canberra Youth Ballet School) in 2009, and did well at competitions including winning the 14/u Classical Championships at Brindabella Dance Festival in 2009 and also winning the Open age Ballet Scholarship at Wagga Wagga Eisteddfod in 2010. She gained entry into the Australian International Ballet Academy (AIBA) at the McDonald College in Sydney in 2010.

In 2018, she was cast on Channel 7’s reality TV series “Dance Boss”, creatively directed by Antony & Ashley from The Squared Division. While on the show, she got to find out what it was like working on a Television set, and learnt from many industry-leading choreographers including Matt Lee, Sarah Boulter, Cat Santos, Stephen Tannos, Mitchell Woodcock, Joel & Rowena Rasmussen, and Aric & Masha Yegudkin. 

 

In January 2022, Miss Alana was invited to model for popular Australian dancewear brand Claudia Dean Collections' "Back to Ballet" Collection. 

Miss Alana successfully auditioned for Canberra Philharmonic Society's production of CATS (hitting the stage in March 2023) and has been cast in the ensemble and as Victoria's understudy. 

Her goal for the studio is to offer safe, quality dance tuition to the next generation of dancers in Canberra, in a positive and supportive environment.

Whether you're a recreational dancer, or wish to pursue a career in ballet or the performing arts, you will be a valued member of the OnBeat community and can always count on Miss Alana to be there to cheer you on!

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Rachel Cutmore

RAD Ballet

Miss Rachel began dance at the age of 7, and it was from that very first class that she discovered her passion for classical ballet. 

She has been studying the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabi since, and is currently working towards completing the last few RAD grades for her own dance studies.

Miss Rachel is also undertaking her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies through the RAD, under the mentorship and guidance of Miss Alana, and is due to graduate in 2024. She also holds a current First Aid qualification and Working With Vulnerable People check. 

As a teacher, Miss Rachel’s hope is to encourage and support her students in achieving their goals, to share her passion for dance, and to create a caring, safe, and positive environment where everyone is free to be themselves. 

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Jessica Charles

RAD Ballet & Senior Programs

Miss Jess began ballet lessons at the age of 4 and has loved dance ever since. She completed RAD ballet exams up to Advanced 1 (with distinction) and is preparing to complete Advanced 2 this year. She has also had many years experience in other styles of dance including lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap and broadway/musical theatre. 

 

Miss Jess has competed in many dance competitions both as a soloist and in troupes, across various styles and has won/placed at many local and interstate dance competitions. 

 

Jess has performed in many productions and has played lead roles including the title roles of  Cinderella (2018) and Snow White (2021) as well as Jack Skellington in A Nightmare before Christmas (2020) and Joy in Inside Out (2022). She was also the Dance Captain and assistant choreographer for the St Clare's College production of Legally Blonde. 

 

Jess has taught classes in RAD Ballet, jazz, hiphop and contemporary and is looking forward to working with students this year to build their technique, performance and love of dance. 

 

Jessica holds a current WWVP card and a first aid qualification. She is also currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science (pre-med) at ANU. 

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Cristina Silvestri

Tiny Tots, Preschoolers & Junior Programs

Cristina began ballet classes at the age of 3, and since that time has also trained extensively in jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, and musical theatre. Cristina has also danced competitively, both in performance team and as a soloist. Performing at various local and interstate dance eisteddfods. Cristina has also studied the RAD classical ballet syllabus as well as the GWT tap dance syllabus, successfully completing her exams with distinctions. Cristina is a born nurturer and absolutely adores children. Her passion for teaching was discovered at the age of 16, while she was assistant teaching her first ballet class. Since this time, she has gone on to teach various styles of dance. Cristina also holds a current First Aid qualification and Working With Vulnerable People check. 

In addition to teaching, Cristina is a part-time Model, Mental Health Advocate, and Pageant Queen! Currently crowned the title of "Miss Teen Diamond International 2022". She aims to use her platform and title to inspire others, be an advocate for change, and be a positive role-model in the community. 

Cristina loves sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with her students. As a teacher, Cristina loves empowering her students to express themselves creatively and try new things!

She is extremely passionate about creating an encouraging, safe, supportive, positive, and inclusive environment for all dancers to grow and flourish in! Cristina is thrilled to join the studio in 2023, working with her students to reach their own personal goals, build their self-confidence, and encourage their artistic expression to shine through.

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Eila Korpinen-Butchers

Tiny Tots, Preschoolers & Junior Programs

Hi! I’m Miss Eila. 
I started dance when I was 10 and I fell in love with it instantly. I have partaken in RAD ballet, lyrical, tap, contemporary, hip hop, jazz and PBT. I  have danced and competed with a troupe, whilst also performing solos and duos. I have completed my RAD intermediate exam and look forward to completing my advanced foundation exam in the future.

 

This year I am completing my “Once Upon A Ballet” Teacher Training program, making me a certified teacher for children aged from 1.5 to 5 years of age. I have always had a passion for dance and all things included within the dance world. I am very excited to have this amazing opportunity to share the love of dance that I have with others.  My goal as a teacher is to ensure that all students feel safe, have fun and know that they always have my support in the studio and outside the studio.

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Laura Marbrow

Jazz & Contemporary

Laura began her dance training at the age of 3 at Stepz and began teaching at age 14 alongside her older sister as her mentor. For the past four years Laura has trained dancers at Stepz in a variety of styles including, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre and ballet. As well as training her students to compete and perform in troupe and solo competitions. She has also been performing and competing in troupes and solos herself for many years, travelling all over NSW and ACT. As well as travelling to Los Angeles and NYC to perform and take class. One of her most special achievements in dance is being awarded Dancer of the Year in 2018 at the age of 14. 

Laura has completed all levels of her ATOD jazz exams including most recently the advanced jazz syllabus. 

Throughout 2019 and 2020 Laura completed her Certificate II in Business, coinciding with an 18 month traineeship with Stepz. 

Laura will be continuing her study in 2023 with her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management through Canberra Dance Collective. 

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Lauren Vieira ARAD RAD RTS

Guest Teacher

Lauren started dancing at the age of 2 on the far North Coast of NSW, and completed major examinations in RAD, BBO and National Character while being taught by her Mother, June Vieira.

Lauren received a scholarship from Tanya Pearson to attend Ecole Ballet Studios in Sydney under the direction of Jane Allyn, Ashley Killar and Kit Lethby, and was invited to commence the full time training course. Here she completed her RAD Advanced Exam and performed soloist roles in many works and performed numerous times at the Bodies Festival and the Sydney Opera House. Lauren was soon accepted into the English National Ballet School in London and Munich Ballet Academy.

After moving to Germany, Lauren completed her 3 year Advanced Diploma in Professional Classical Ballet. She was taught by world renowned teachers, including Prof. Heinz Manniegal, Alexander Prokofiev (who trained with Rudolph Nureyev), Prof. Konstanza Vernon (director) and prima ballerina Elena Pankova. She also preformed many times at the Munich State Opera House including their production of La Bayadere with the Bavarian State Ballet Company.

Lauren then decided to join her fiancé at Circus Krone, where she danced soloist roles and was able to perform with elephants for nearly 4 years.

On her return to Australia, Lauren taught locally for 2.5 years before establishing the Vieira Dance School of Excellence in 2012. She has since had 2 beautiful children and become a Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. 

Lauren holds Senior First Aid and Working with Vulnerable people check (ACT).

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