BAD Management Team
Miss Jose & Miss Mikaela have danced together and worked together for many years.
As long standing members of BAD we are passionate about the school and making it the best that it can be.
We look forward to an amazing year working with our wonderful staff and students.
Miss Jose & Miss Mikaela
Principal - Miss Josephine RAD RTS AAC1
Miss Jose began dancing at the age of 10 and quickly fell in love with the art. Joining Bathurst Academy of Dance in 2007, she began student teaching in 2009 as she completed her University Degree in Primary Education. During this time Miss Jose also completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance, gaining her qualifications as a Registered Teacher. She also holds a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and Teacher Certification with Acrobatic Arts and Progressing Ballet Technique and is currently studying a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management. This is Miss Jose's ninth year as Principal of BAD. She will be coordinating the Certificates in Dance, as well as our RAD Ballet program.
Principal- Miss Mikaela
Miss Mikaela began dancing at the age of 5 and has been a member of Bathurst Academy of Dance for over 15 years! She has completed a number of RAD Ballet exams, including Intermediate Foundation, and performed competitively as a soloist and troupe member in all genres of dance, in many eisteddfods and competitions. Miss Mikaela has received many awards including best Intermediate Dancer Award and the BAD Jemma Gordon Memorial Award for Excellence in Jazz and Hip Hop in 2016. Mikaela also received an outstanding high band for her HSC Dance . She holds a Certificate III in Dance & a Diploma of Business Studies. She is our administration manager working along side our BAD staff in reception to be the first point of contact and the go-to person for all your queries.
This will be Miss Mikaela’s third year as Principal of BAD. You will see her friendly face in reception as well as coordinating some of our great programs.
Miss Amelia is coming into her 5th year being a part of BAD both as a class teacher and Coordinator for the Soloists & Mini Movers. Training in Sydney and attending Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, she carried her passion on to attain her Bachelor of Dance in Elite Performance from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA). Currently, Amelia is studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, a Certificate III in Disability focusing on Individual Support and a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance. Trained in RAD Classical Ballet & Glenn Wood Tap, Miss Amelia has also studied all genres of dance including Acrobatics, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. Additionally, her studies include 3 years of practical and theory training in the importance of technique, safe dance practice and body anatomy. She has also attained teacher certification with Acrobatic Arts and Progressing Ballet Technique. She has held professional dance contracts internationally and even danced in a film clip with Will Smith!
Miss Nikita has been apart of the BAD family for 10 years with this year being her 4th year of teaching. She began dancing at the young age of 3 and has trained in tap, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and her all time favourite genre, hip hop. Miss Nikita has performed as a valued member and lead dancer of our Eisteddfod performance troupe and her stage presence is second to none! She has completed a Certificate III in Dance and holds a Teacher Certification with Acrobatic Arts. Miss Nikita has choreographed a number of outstanding routines from our End of Year Concerts to Eisteddfod dances. In addition to teaching various dance classes this year, Miss Nikita is our Acrobatic Arts Coordinator. We're excited to have her continue to share her expertise with our students.
Miss Lucinda has been dancing her whole life and recently finished studying at the Washington Ballet Company in the United States. Prior to this she studied at Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy, The McDonald College and the Australian Ballet School Interstate Program. Lucinda has performed various roles with the Washington Ballet Company and Sydney's Premier State Ballet. She was also a quarter finalist in both the Sydney Eisteddfod and the Alana Haines Awards in Wellington, New Zealand. She is in her final year of studying a K-12 Bachelor of Education degree specialising in PDHPE teaching. Miss Lucinda cannot wait to share her knowledge and expertise again this year.
Miss Amy has danced for many years and joined Bathurst Academy of Dance in 2017. Since then, she has competed in numerous Eisteddfods as a troupe member, duet partner and soloist. Some of her major achievements include being Senior Dancer of the Year in 2018 and receiving the Jemma Gordon Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Jazz and Hip Hop in 2019. She has furthered her knowledge in dance by completing all four levels of DanceSTEPs and in 2020, her Certificate III in Dance. This year, Miss Amy will be part of our fabulous admin team in reception, co-ordinating our DanceSTEP and Holiday Camp Creative programs and will be teaching a variety of classes in the studio. She is very excited to be a part of the BAD family once again this year.
Miss Grace has been dancing since the age of 3, she has been trained in RAD Ballet and has competed around the region in competitions as both a soloist and in troupes. She has won numerous tap championship titles during her time performing.
Miss Grace owned and was lead choreographer for her own studio where she choreographed numerous solo and troupe routines for Eisteddfods, Community and Charity events for a number of years, before taking a break to focus on family. She is excited to be back teaching this year and her favourite genres of dance are Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre.
Miss Amanda began dancing when she was just 3 years old and now, could not imagine her life without it. She came to BAD in 2012 and since then has competed in Eisteddfods for the studio and most recently, received the 2021 Senior Dancer of the Year. In 2019 Amanda joined the DanceSTEP program and in 2020/2021 she completed her Certificate III in Dance. Miss Amanda’s favourite genre is Jazz, and she cannot wait to share her love for dancing with others this year as a Junior Staff Member.
Miss Ash started dancing at the age of 4 and quickly fell in love with the art of dance, ballet especially. She has trained in many genres including jazz and lyrical/contemporary but focuses most on Classical Ballet. Miss Ash has completed many RAD ballet exams from PPID to Discovering Repertoire Level 2. She has also competed competitively for the studio as a member of troupe, a soloist and a duet partner. Some of her major achievements include the Tots Dancer of the Year in 2012 and the Ballet Scholarship recipient in 2019. Miss Ash has completed Level 1 to 4 of the Dance Step program throughout 2020/21, as well as achieving her Certificate III in Dance course in 2021. She is looking forward to being a junior teacher again this year and spreading the love of dance.