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Resident Faculty

Anabelle Lunawat (Bella Academy, Director)

Mrs. Anabelle Lunawat (RTS) is a trained ballerina and highly qualified teacher by the Royal Academy of Dance in London and American Ballet Theatre of New York.

Mrs. Anabelle Lunawat is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She is also qualified to enter students for RAD London examinations upto the highest level, from Pre-Primary until Advanced 2. Anabelle has passed all R.A.D. examinations with Distinction.

She has also taken the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D) Modern dance examinations, and has received the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Jazz Awards with Honors.

Lisa Edwards (Pilates Movement Therapist)

Lisa began her training at the age of 5 in her hometown of Dubbo. After graduating from the Australian Ballet School in 1999 with an Advanced Diploma of Dance Lisa moved to Europe and danced with The Stadttheater St Gallen Switzerland, Anhaltishches Theater Dessau, and Koblenz Stadttheater in Germany. Touring throughout Europe and Cuba.

In 2004 Lisa moved back to Australia and joined the Queensland Ballet. Lisa was promoted to Soloist in 2013 and Senior Soloist in 2016. During her time with QB Lisa performed many Principal and Soloist roles locally and internationally, was named dancer to watch, and was the recipient of 2016 Dream Festival artist of the year. Lisa has played an active part in teaching in QBโ€™s Education programs and also obtained her Diploma of Pilates movement therapy in 2017. Lisa retired from the stage at the end of 2018 after an 18-year career.

Louise Drysdale (Dance Physiotherapist)

B.Phty, Grad Cert Msk Phty, MMedRes

Louise is a physiotherapist to Queensland Ballet and Queensland Ballet Academy, as well as other touring performances and dancers of all ages and levels. Louise has also worked in musculoskeletal private practice for eight years and has a specific interest in prevention, early diagnosis and rehabilitation of bone stress injuries.

Louise holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Queensland), Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (LaTrobe, Melbourne) and is a Masters of Medical Research Candidate (Griffith University), where her research passion is bone health in classical ballet dancers.

She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.

Jane Lawton (Registered Teacher)

Jane has studied at The Royal Ballet School of London in the fields of Classical Ballet, Repertoire, Classical Mime, Character, Make-up, Classical Analysis, Anatomy applied to Dance, Child Psychology, and Benesh Notation.

Her talent, keen enthusiasm, and extensive repertoire have led her to work as a choreographer alongside Leonard Massine, creator of the world's first symphonic ballet, Les Prรฉsages, and many others in the same vein.


Registered Teacher, Life Member, Tutor, and ex-examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Licentiate Cecchetti, Associate Modern, Tap, Natural Movement, and National Dance at Advanced Level.

Katarina Hazel (Stretch Coach)

At the tender age of five, young Katarina had already stumbled upon her passion for ballet, dance, and rhythmic gymnastics, and she didn't hold back from pursuing it straight from the beginning! Her curiosity and drive sure paid off. Soon enough, the German-Slavic native became a top-performing athlete and the number one Slovakian rhythmic gymnast, representing Slovakia at numerous international championships.

Over time, Katarina swapped one career for another. She became a professional dancer, joining a renowned dance theater company and accepting one of the two desired study places at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava, studying Choreography.

After watching her first Musical, she fell in love with the idea of becoming a musical performer and pursued this dream by moving to Germany and studying at the Stage School Hamburg.


Katarina successfully finished both of her studies, became a Master of Arts in Choreography, and enjoyed ten years of her Musical Career performing on various musical stages all over Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Her latest aspiration and a lifelong love for dance and movement redirected her path to become a dance instructor, personal trainer, stretch coach, and the proud founder of her unique program, STRETCHILATES.

Now you can see why we are over the moon about receiving Katarina at the start of our new academic year, 2022-2023.

Rachel Fine (Dance Nutritionist)

Rachel Fine, founder of To The Pointe Nutrition and Creator of The Healthy Dancer online training course, is a New York City-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and specialist in Sports Nutrition. As a dancer and performing artist, Rachel intertwines her passion for ballet and nutrition to deliver the most attainable, yet scientifically sound, information to today's top dancers


Master's degree in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics from New York University, Rachel completed her Dietetic Internship at NYU Langone Medical Center and at The Mount Sinai Hospital. After receiving licensure and certification, Rachel joined the staff at NYU Langone Medical Center as a Clinical Dietitian and worked as NYU's Clinical Adjunct Co-Instructor for Medical Nutrition Therapy.

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David was trained at the Royal Ballet School from the age of thirteen and subsequently joined the Royal Ballet Company, becoming a Senior Soloist, where he danced many principal roles.

David also performed with the National Ballet of Canada as a first soloist, Pacific Northwest Ballet, British Ballet Columbia, and English National Ballet.โ 

He had roles created for him by Ashton, MacMillan, Nureyev, Lubovitch, Canniparoli, Deane, Corder, and Page, to name a few.โ 

After retiring from the stage, he successfully gained a distinction from the Royal Academy of Danceโ€™s Professional Dancersโ€™ Teaching Diploma and has taught all levels at the Royal Ballet Upper School for fifteen years.

He staged Ashtonโ€™s ๐‘ณ๐’†๐’” ๐‘ท๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’†๐’–๐’“๐’” and MacMillanโ€™s ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’„๐’†๐’“๐’•๐’ for the annual performances of the school and played an instrumental role in rehearsing many of their performances throughout the years.โ 

Guest Faculty

Amanda Paterson (Affiliate Teacher and Examiner for American Ballet Theatreยฎ National Training Curriculum)

Affiliate Teacher and Examiner for American Ballet Theatreยฎ National Training Curriculum,. Amanda Paterson received her early training at the Oakville School of Dance and later graduated from Canadaโ€™s National Ballet Schoolโ€™s full-time Professional Training Programme. While at NBS, she studied with esteemed teachers such as Eric Bruhn, Betty Oliphant, Glenn Gilmour, Lyn Wallis, Daniel Sellier, and Carole Chadwick.

Paterson has performed with the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and the Elizabeth Paterson Dance Company.

As Artistic Director of Oakville School of Classical Ballet, Paterson has produced over 80 productions at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, including a full-length Nutcracker for the past 20 years.

Her vision for Oakville Ballet is to produce 3-4 productions each season, featuring the students from the Oakville School of Classical Ballet and invited guest artists.

Skylar Brandt (ABT Principal Dancer)

Skylar Brandt was born in Purchase, New York, and began her training at age six with teachers Diana White and Christian Claessens at Scarsdale Ballet Studio.

Brandt joined ABT II (now ABT Studio Company) in 2009, became an apprentice with the main Company in November 2010, and joined the corps de ballet in June 2011. She was appointed a Soloist in August 2015 and a Principal Dancer in September 2020.

Maria Khoreva (First Soloist with Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia)

Born in St Petersburg. Graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy (class of Professor Lyudmila Kovaleva) and joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 2018.

Emily Koschyk (Royal Academy of Dance, Examiner)

Emily trained at London College of Dance and Drama in Bedford and graduated with Distinction in Teaching Studies. In 1988 she moved to Germany and taught in various schools around the country before opening her own school in 1998. At this time, she also led a full-time teacher training programme, from which many young teachers successfully graduated. In 2020 Emily relocated back to the south of England and now teaches on a freelance basis. She conducts workshops and teaches at various summer schools in Europe. Since its inception in 2004, Emily has been a tutor for a number of modules of the Royal Academy of Dance CBTS and also tutors on the PDPTC Programme based in Berlin. She is an examiner and CPD tutor for all levels from Pre-Primary to Advanced 2 and travels extensively in these roles.

Devon Teuscher (ABT Principal Ballerina)

Teuscher joined ABT Studio Company in 2006 where she danced in several leading roles. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in December 2007 and was promoted to the corps de ballet six months later. She was then promoted to a Soloist in August 2014 Alexei Ratmansky selected Teuscher originate the sole woman in his new work, Serenade after Plato's Symposium, which debuted in 2016. One of Teuscher's first principal role is Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, in which the New York Times wrote that she was โ€œthe complete package, a mixture of astonishing technique, grandeur, and ease.โ€

Teuscher became a Principal Dancer in September 2017. On her debut as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Times called her "a beautiful dancer capable of classicism, repose, lyricism and ardor. Reviewing her performance as Jane Eyre's titular role, The Times noted that Teuscher "even standing half a second too long in the pose, even in a โ€œJane Eyreโ€ that gets lost in the mist โ€” can give off a glow.


Teuscher began her dance training at the age of nine. As a student, Teuscher attended The Kirov Academy of Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive. In January 2005, at the age of 15, Teuscher started to study at American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School on a full Scholarship.