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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 for over 8 years. 

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.  

 

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 (2023) and performed both in the ensemble (as "Coricopat") and as "Victoria". 

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!

Alana holds a current First Aid Certificate and Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card. 

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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 card. 

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. 

Rachel holds a current First Aid Certificate and Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card. 

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Jessica Charles

RAD Ballet & Senior Lyrical

Miss Jess began ballet lessons at the age of 4 and has loved dance ever since. She completed RAD ballet exams up to Advanced 2 (with distinction). 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. 

She is also currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science (pre-med) at ANU. 

Jess holds a current First Aid Certificate and Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card. 

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Gabrielle Preston

Contemporary, Jazz & Tap

Gabrielle Preston (Miss Gabby) recently relocated to Australia as of January 2024. Born, raised, and trained in Ontario, Canada, she has spent her entire life in the dance studio.

She comes to us from the Dance Arts Institute (formerly known as The School of Toronto Dance Theatre) Canada’s leading post secondary contemporary and performing arts training, where she participated in the Professional Training Program. Gabrielle has completed her Teacher Training Program through her home studio in Hamilton, Ontario, Pure Energy Performance, where she danced both recreationally, competitively, and taught for many years.

Gabrielle has also taught dance at McMaster’s Sport Fitness School in her role as Dance Coordinator. She is versatile and trained in all styles including jazz, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, ballet, theatre, jazz funk and more!

As Gabrielle says, while choreography is her passion, teaching is her love. She cannot wait to meet and work with you all and become part of the OnBeat family! 

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Laura Marbrow

Tiny Tots, Preschoolers & Junior Programs

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.

She is an Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified Instructor. 

Laura will be continuing her study in 2024 with her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management through Canberra Dance Collective. 

Laura holds a current First Aid Certificate and Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card. 

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Caitlin Schilg

Senior Jazz & Musical Theatre

Caitlin has been dancing, singing and being generally dramatic since she before she can remember. She started taking dance classes at 2, taking part in all styles offered. Caitlin loved being in eisteddfods for both troupes and solos. She won various awards and aggregates around the ACT and NSW area including best repertoire dancer at Wagga Wagga eisteddfod 3 years in a row. 
Whilst not her favourite thing to do Caitlin did take part in ballet and tap exams, completing her last tap exam with a score of 99.9. Caitlin has received training in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Acro. She has worked with, completed workshops at or trained with the Jayz Dance Company, Lisa Clark Dance Company, Tap Dogs, Sydney Dance Company, Circus Warehouse, Timomatic, Tahlia Fowler (So you think you can dance winner 2009), Juliette Verne Blaikie, Queenie Van De Zandt and Graeme Isaako.

Caitlin began teaching dance classes in 2010 and has continued to teach multiple styles in the past years, truly enjoying being able to connect with her students and pass along her experiences and knowledge. 

Caitlin’s passion for performing in musicals started in her first production at 12 years old ‘The Aristocats’ with Phoenix Players. Since then she has been in many performances and musicals including ‘Addams Family’ QPRC, ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Dramatic Productions, ‘We Will Rock You’ PeeWee Productions, and Canberra Philo's ‘Legally Blonde’ as Brooke Wyndham and their unreleased Grease as Patty Simcox. 

In 2015 Caitlin won a Canberra Area Theatre award for Best Choreographer for a production of ‘Cats’ and was nominated for Best Dancer in her role as Magical Mister Mistoffelees. Most recently she choreographed Canberra Philharmonic Society’s 2023 production of Cats, winning the Canberra Critic Award for Best Choreographer. Additionally for this show, she is nominated for the Canberra Area Theatre Award for Best Choreographer, and the Ovation Award for Outstanding Choreographer. She will find out the results to these in the coming weeks.

Other choreography credits include Little Shop of Horrors 2022, Sweeney Todd 2017, High School Musical 2016, and Assistant Choreographer for The Full Monty 2019. 2019 was a busy year for her as she also choreographed Canberra Rep's 'And The World Goes Round', which she not only choreographed but performed in for the opening week. She was again nominated for Best Choreographer in 2019. 

Caitlin holds a current First Aid Certificate and Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card. 

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Louise Drysdale

Junior and Senior Conditioning

B.Phty, Grad Cert Msk Phty, MMedRes, PhD Candidate

 

Louise is a physiotherapist completing her PhD at University of Canberra in dance injury prevention. She has worked with dancers of all ages and abilities, including dancers of Queensland Ballet and Queensland Ballet Academy, touring musicals such as Matilda and many dance schools in Brisbane and Queensland. She trained in a full-time ballet program through high school and enjoys running, gym, taking ballet class and going to Latin dance socials when she can!

Louise holds a current First Aid Certificate and Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card. 

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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 a current First Aid Certificate and Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card. 

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