Our Dance Teachers
Rebecca’s passion for teaching and education led her to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies (specialising in Early Childhood) at the University of Canberra. During this time, Rebecca discovered the value of dance and movement for young children as tools for self-expression and discovery of the world. Her dance teaching philosophy's foundation is both her passion for teaching the youngest of students, along with her understanding that the earliest movement experiences create strong links to success in formal education.
Besides teaching for Dance Northside, Rebecca is the Director of Kaleen Cubby House, has taught within the ACT primary school system and continues to work with local community groups and raising her young sons, Jack and Thomas.
Gen began learning ballet at the age of seven. Her earliest training was in the United States and because her family frequently moved for work, she attended three different dance schools over five years. To this day, her ballet dancing has retained its American style. A couple of years after returning to Canberra, she was unable to continue her dance training.
Gen returned to dance as an adult, learning contemporary and falling in love with movement all over again. She later returned to ballet - her big love - and has never looked back. In recent years, she expanded her dance horizons by learning jazz and tap. You can get the full story on Gen here.
Outside of dance, Gen works in advocacy at the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Gender Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.
Erin joined Dance Northside’s adult contemporary class four years ago and has recently joined the team to teach ballet and jazz classes. She has also choreographed on the Advanced Performance Team. Her main goals in teaching are to build skills, confidence and creativity in her students, all within a fun and supportive environment.
Laura is a strong believer in providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for her students, believing that dance provides an opportunity for anyone to shine, no matter their abilities.
Laura began her dancing journey at the age of two, with the Jill Glastonbury Ballet Academy. In 2007, when Dance Northside emerged, Laura continued her dance training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. At 13, Laura developed an interest in teaching and started training alongside Rebecca Allan with Dance Northside’s youngest students. Laura taught the Kids Creative Movement (now Minis Creative Movement) classes and enjoyed this role. In 2016, Laura took a break from dancing to focus on her studies but is excited to be back at Dance Northside as Customer Relations Manager and teaching Mini’s, Kid’s, Junior and Youth classes.
Caitlin met Holly in 2012, through the primary school dance competition known as Wakkakirri. Since then, Caitlin has taken five years of contemporary classes and two years of jazz classes at Dance Northside. She has also been part of the Dance Northside Performance Group since 2016, allowing her to gain experience in other styles of dance and perform extensively across Canberra. In addition to teaching at Dance Northside Caitlin is undertaking a degree in International Relations at the Australian National University. Caitlin gains so much happiness from dance and aims to inspire the same joy in young dancers.
She has also attended Capital Dance Studios and Play the Dance Agency to expand her Hip Hop and jazz training.
Cara has undergone teacher training with Dance Teacher Rebecca Allan. She now teaches Junior Hip-Hop on Wednesday and Kids Jazz on Thursday.
Abby returned to Dance Northside in 2015, since then she has taken classes of Contemporary, Hip Hop and Jazz. Abby joined Dance Northside’s Intermediate Performance Team in 2017, and then the Advanced Performance Team in 2018. She has performed extensively throughout Canberra and has expanded her experience in other dance styles.
Abby has undergone teacher training with Dance Teacher Caitlin, assisting her Mini's Creative Movement class for two years. Abby now takes her own Mini's Creative Movement class and wishes to teach young dancers her love and joy of dance in a safe and supportive environment.
By 2014, Shayla joined the Advanced Performance Team in its' inception and as a result, has performed extensively around Canberra. Shayla took a break from performance group in 2017 when she graduated from year 12 but has re-joined the team for 2020.
In 2014 Shayla underwent training with Rebecca Allan and Amy Foreman assisting their classes for 3 years. She took on her own Creative Movement class in 2017. Since then Shayla has taught multiple styles and age ranges at Dance Northside. In addition to Dance Northside, in 2019 Shayla completed her Certificate 3 in Early Childhood and Care while working at Kaleen cubby house since June 2018.
In 2014 Emma made the big move to Melbourne, Victoria to Study dance and Musical theatre full time at Dance World Studios and APO Arts Academy. She graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Dance (2015) and a Diploma of Musical Theatre (2016). In this time Emma received many awards such as encouragement scholarships and diligence awards for her hard work and determination.
In 2017 Emma began teaching at many dance schools across Melbourne. Most notably at Melbourne Dance Centre (MDC), Dance Theatre, and Dance World Studios. Emma taught a variety of age groups and styles but she is most passionate about contemporary. It was during this time that she discovered her love of choreographing in this style. Her biggest choreographic achievement was being asked to choreograph a contemporary piece for the full time dancers at Dance World Studios for their graduating performance two years in a row.
Emma is excited to be back in Canberra and sharing her passion and knowledge with the Dance Northside community!