Brisbane City Youth Ballet - Dedicated to the tradition of ballet and the artistic expression of dance

Artistic Director

The Brisbane City Youth Ballet is fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the following wonderful staff.

 

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Janine McGrath - Founder and Artistic Director Brisbane City Youth Ballet

After studying all facets of dance from leading teachers from a very young age Janine received full teaching qualifications in ballet, modern and tap dance as well as graduating from University with a Bachelor of Education.  Commencing teaching with the Department of Education, Janine opened her own dance school in 1994 quickly developing a reputation as a leading school in classical ballet with excellent teaching and exceptional choreography.  After an inspirational visit to the US, In 2008 Janine decided to focus solely on developing BCYB by closing her own school to give the company the time and direction it needed. BCYB and teaching students is her love and life passion as she dedicates her week to BCYB and working with a very small group of elite full-time students who require specialised training to reach their goal of becoming professional ballet dancers.  She also enjoys teaching extension ballet classes at Promenade Dance Studio where her daughter has learnt since she was 3. This year she has been invited to guest teach at many ballet schools and looks forward to pursuing this in the future.

Janine’s focus on providing the best possible ballet training has led her to visit and attend courses run by leading International teachers. In April of 2012, Janine spent 2 weeks studying with leading American teachers and professional dancers while visiting New York for the ‘Youth American Grand Prix’.  Past and present students have attained outstanding examination, bursary, scholarship and eisteddfod results. They have also been finalists or prize winners at prestigious competitions both nationally and internationally. Past students have been accepted into The Australian Ballet Company and School (on Full Scholarship), Queensland Ballet, Washington Ballet Company, Queensland Ballet Professional Year, Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and also several European companies and American Schools.

This youth ballet company has already produced five magical ballets: ‘The Fairy Doll’, ‘Sleeping Beauty', ‘Cinderella’, ‘Snow Queen’ and ‘Nutcracker’ with repeat seasons of both ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘The Nutcracker’. Her passion for ballet and choreography is evident in these full scale story ballets. Her greatest joy is seeing dancers reach their potential and enjoy the experience and magic of theatre. The Brisbane City Youth Ballet is a wonderful avenue for bringing students from all over South East Queensland and Northern NSW together for an opportunity to participate and perform in these full-scale ballet productions.   “I’m so looking forward to 2013, as we will be creating a ballet based on the magical story ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by renowned author Enid Blyton. 

 

 

Jan Moore - Guest Teacher

Jan is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and a Grades and Major Examiner for the Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing (FATD). Former principal of her own studio in Rockhampton for 25 yrs, Jan now has over 40 years teaching experience. A choreographer and qualified adjucdicator who has extensively adjudicated at Festivals and Eisteddfods throughout Australia. Past students of Miss Moore are presently performing in ballet companies overseas - most notably Leanne Benjamin, who is a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet. Past students have also attended The Australian Ballet School, the Victorian College of Arts, the Western Australian College of the Arts and the Queensland Dance School of Excellence.

 

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