TEACHING STAFF

KATHY GILMOUR

PRINCIPAL

Kathy Gilmour is the Principal of Gilmour Dance Centre, which first opened its doors back in 1994, after she had been freelance teaching and choreographing groups, solo’s & duo’s for some of Brisbane’s most well respected Studios, even Johnny Young Talent School. Apparently even before Mrs Gilmour could walk and talk she just wanted to dance, moving in time with perfect rhythm, her parents knew something special was going on. She commenced dancing lessons in Bundaberg at age 5 (her teacher wouldn’t take students until school age) and so the journey began. Mrs Gilmour has studied both CSTD and RAD syllabi always with high results as she is a perfectionist, competed in Eisteddfod’s in all Solo, Duo & Group sections as well as winning Championships all over QLD. Her choreographic skills were being well honed early, choreographing groups & all school musicals from Grade 8 – 12 as well as solo’s for herself & others. She was only 12 when she commenced teaching for one of her dance teachers. At 17 she moved to Brisbane to study dance fulltime & had many performing opportunities including a solo in a piece choreographed by Graeme Murphy – a highlight. Mrs Gilmour has danced all of her life and has always passed on her dreams and love of dance through her students, children and now grandchildren. All of her students look up to her and regard her as their Idol, they worship her. Mrs Gilmour always teaches the students to strive to the best of their abilities and always tells them to never give up as anything is possible if you set your mind to it.·

Full Teachers Diploma – CSTD Theatrical·

Full Teachers Diploma – CSTD Tap·

CSTD Jazz Award·

Intermediate CSTD Ballet·

Intermediate RAD Ballet

Natasha has been dancing before she was 3 years of age. She has always had a love and passion for dance. Over the years Natasha has done many dancing exams through CSTD including Ballet, Theatrical, Tap, Old Jazz Syllabus and Modern Jazz Syllabus always obtaining High results. By the age of 15 she had completed all her tap exams and is now working towards her CSTD Teachers Diploma. Natasha has done many workshops over the years including several workshops in Canberra and learning from the best, even from the amazing Tap Dogs. Natasha has appeared on TV whilst in Canberra performing Hip Hop. Natasha has over 16 years teaching experience and after just having had 2 years off to have a baby & providing administrative support for the dance centre, she is back into the full swing of classes and also teaching & choreographing for her students. Natasha has recently gained her Acro Dance qualification with Acrobatic Arts last year which she has now implemented into her Acrobatic Classes.

NATASHA GILMOUR

STUDENT TEACHER

 

Miss Mikaela attended her very first dancing lesson with the 'Gilmour Girls' at the age of 10. While at first coming from a gymnastics and sports acrobatics background, her love for dance grew every lesson she attended at Gilmour Dance Centre. Mikaela competed extensively in both gymnastics and sports acrobatics before turning to dancing and was named Australian National Champion along with her trio in 2010. Mikaela has since been dancing for 6 years now and has completed many dance exams. Her most recent exams include her CSTD Majors Intermediate Ballet, CSTD Advanced Theatrical, CSTD Modern Jazz Grade 7 and CSTD Tap Advanced Gold. Along with dancing, she has been teaching for Gilmour Dance Centre for the past 2 years and up until recently had been coaching with the acrobatics program at Amain Gymnastics. She has also gained an Acro Dance teaching qualification with Acrobatic Arts last year. Having recently graduated grade 12, Miss Mikaela now hopes to be able to take her dancing professionally and wishes to study dance full time. She will now also be working towards getting her student teachers qualifications with CSTD.

 

MIKAELA SMITH

ACROBATIC AND BALLET TEACHER

Miss Kate has been teaching for us for the past 2 years and all the students  just adore her. Kate has studied dance for 18 years, started dancing when she was 4 years old at a local dance studio. Also doing Jazz and Contemporary she has travelled to Sydney for international classes, competed in Eisteddfod's and has completed Advanced 1 in RAD Ballet.

After High School she studied Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance until 2011 in which she travelled to China for training.

Since finishing uni Kate has studied in Event Management Diploma and currently works as an Event Coordinator whilst teaching in the evenings.

Kate Dangerfield

JUNIOR CONTEMPORARY TEACHER

Zoe has been dancing with the Gilmour Dance Centre since she was 4 (2005) and has always possessed a great love and passion for dance. She has undertaken many CSTD exams since she started dancing (including Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap and Theatrical syllabuses), par...ticularly always demonstrating an adoration and high-performance level in Jazz and Tap. Even throughout Zoe's high school years she broadened her love of dance by being involved in many choreographic and performance opportunities, especially thriving and demonstrating leadership as she took on these activities and the roles she was presented with. This year Zoe begins her first year at university; receiving an early acceptance offer into Bachelor of International Relations at the University of Queensland. Zoe is enthusiastic to share her love of dance with her students this year, hoping to inspire them, as well as teach them that they gain so much more from dancing than just the ability to dance when they pursue their love and passion for the art-form throughout their lives.

Zoe Jones

TINIES JAZZ AND TINIES TAP

TEACHER

Jillian started dancing at a later age but was a natural at dancing. She started off with just doing Jazz, then fell in with everything 'dance'. She had so much passion for dance. To further her career in dance, Jill commenced Ballet which improved her technique immensley. Jill auditioned for Queensland Dance School School Of Excellence (QDSE) and studied at QDSE for the next 3 years. After leaving Gilmour Dance Centre to pursue her dance career she has returned to her first love, modern dance, & Hip Hop. Jill has a great deal of performance experience including back up dancing for Shaneal, Hip Hop Championship, Broadway on the Mall Winter Fashion Launch, The Myer Centre for Ruby Rose, Australian Dance Festival, Fearless and numerous Flash Mobs. Jill has been teaching for the past 3 years as a  DanceAlong Instructor at Child Care Centres and at other Dance Studios around Brisbane. We are lucky and so excited to have Jill back at Gilmour Dance as part of the teaching staff.

JILLIAN DAHER

HIP HOP TEACHER

(Maternity Leave)

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