BAD Management Team
Miss Edan & Miss Jose grew up together in Forbes and danced together at Leah's School of Dance.
2019 saw our first year of being co-owners of BAD and was a huge success!
We look forward to another amazing year working with our wonderful staff and students.
Miss Edan and Miss Jose
Edan John & Josephine Haley
Principals and Co-Owners
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 Teacher Certification with Acrobatic Arts and Progressing Ballet Technique. This year she is also studying a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. This is Miss Jose's sixth year as Principal and now Co-Owner of BAD She will be teaching Ballet, Pointe & Preparations, Solos and Eisteddfod Troupe.
Principal- Miss Edan AAC2
Miss Edan began dancing when she was 5. She has been teaching for 10 years and joined the team at BAD in 2015. Holding a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, studied through the Australian Dance Institute, Miss Edan also has her Teacher Certification with Acrobatic Arts. Miss Edan has choreographed a number of award-winning troupe routines and solo performances as well as, successfully running workshops around the Central West in Hip Hop, Acrobatics and Tumbling. Miss Edan will be teaching Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Solo Students and Eisteddfod Troupe this year and this will be Miss Edan's second year as Principal and Co-Owner of BAD.
Miss Mikaela began dancing at the age of 5 and has been a student at Bathurst Academy of Dance for over 10 years! She has completed a number of RAD Ballet exams, including Intermedaite Foundation , and performed competively 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 recieved an outstanding high band for her HSC Dance. This year Miss Mikaela will be studying Certificate III in dance we well as taking on a new role as our Administrations Manager. She will be the first point of contact in reception and is the go-to person for all your queries!
Miss Amelia joined BAD last year teaching various RAD Ballet and Exam classes, Progressing Ballet Technique, Stretch and Solo students. This year she will continue these classes as well as take on the role of Soloist Coordinator. She has attained her Bachelor of Dance in Elite Performance from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA). Trained in RAD Ballet, Miss Amelia has also studied all genres of dance including Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Hip Hop 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 held professional dance contracts internationally and even danced in a film clip with Will Smith! We are thrilled to have Miss Amelia back on board this year.
Miss Lucinda has been dancing her whole life and recently finished studying at the Washington School of Ballet in the Professional Track Program. Prior to this she studied at Tanya Pearsons Classical Coaching Academy, 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 McDonald's challenge and the Alana Haines Awards in Wellington, New Zealand. We are thrilled have Miss Lucinda with us again this year and she will be teaching Ballet, Solo Students and Eisteddfod Troupe.
Miss Renee started ballroom dancing at the age of 5 and has continued learning, competing and completing medals for the past 24 years. She studied Latin American, New Vogue and Modern at Reeve Wallace School of Dance and has completed her Oscars, the highest level of grading, in Latin American and New Vogue, achieving honors and highly commended in both. Renee also holds a Bachelor of Education and is a wonderful teacher! After having competed over the years, taught classes at the Reeve Wallace School of Dance and learning Salsa in Mexico, Miss Renee joined our team in 2015 and is our resident Wedding Dance teacher.
Miss Demi started dancing in 2003 and studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Cheerleading and Tap. Through the years she has performed as a cheerleader for the Penrith Panthers and Newcastle Knights. In 2010, Miss Demi started Bathurst Academy of Dance and has completed RAD Ballet Exams up to and including Advanced Foundation. We were excited to see her return to the BAD team last year. This year Miss Demi is taking on a new role as our Tots Coordinator, as well as teaching Tots, Ballet, Jazz and Soloists.
Mr Tyson is a former student of Bathurst Acadmey of Dance and came on board our teaching staff last year for our Boys Hip Hop class. He has been dancing for 4 years now with companies including Urban Dance Crew (a German recruiting squad), Bangarra Dance Theatre, State Dance National Dance and Internatinal Urban and Bangarra squad. Boy's Hip Hop was a popular addition last year and we are excited to offer it again!
Miss Nikita started dancing at the age of 3 and has danced with BAD for many years and also previously worked with us as a Tots teacher. Nikita is a valued member of our Eisteddfod performance troupe and her stage presence is second to none! She is currently studying Certificate III in Dance and has returned to teaching to take Hip Hop and solo students. We're excited to have her share her expertise with our students.
Miss Michaela joins us this year and we are thrilled to welcome her to the BAD team! Michaela has spent many years studying RAD Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Musical Theatre. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood & Primary Education at Charles Sturt University, which is a fantastic asset to teaching dance as well! Miss Michaela will be teaching Tots, Ballet and Soloists.
Miss Kayla is also joining our team this year! Miss Kayla has studied classical ballet extensively throughout her training. She is currently studying a Certificate III in Dance and is excited to further her dance training. Miss Kayla will be taking Tots, Ballet and Solo Students.
Miss Andrea started Irish Dancing when she was 7 years of age in Victoria, under Ray Ayers school of Irish Dance. She won first place in state competition and an Australian champion in team competition. When her family moved to the Northern Territory where there was no Irish dancing she began a small after-school Irish dancing group called Eire Irish Dancing, with her sister. Andrea continued her study of Irish dance during University and learned to understand both traditional Irish and ‘entertainment Irish’ in the wake of Riverdance. Upon moving to Bathurst she danced with a local Ceili group and last year was able to pick up her shoes again and to become our resident Irish teacher. We look forward to the year ahead with Miss Andrea!
Sue is our fabulous Zumba teacher! She has been teaching Zumba for 5 years. We are so excited to have her as part of the BAD team again.