Join us for a week of incredible classes!
Dates: 15th – 19th January, 2018
Suitable for 10+ to Pre-professional
Register via Trybooking or download and email the attached registration form.
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Registration Form: 0145 NCD_SnrRego_2018
MEET OUR GUESTS
SOPHIE HOLLOWAY – Dancer / Choreographer
Dancer – Radio City Rockettes
While still well on her journey as an emerging artist and performer, Sophie has already achieved major milestones that are the envy of the industry.
After training from a young age under Bernadette Langshaw-Clark and Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, Sophie hit the Australian scene as a commercial dancer and model, featuring on TV shows including So You Think You Can Dance Australia, The Wiggles and Dance Academy as well various television and print advertising campaigns including DANCEtrain Magazine.
From there Sophie landed a coveted role in the ensemble of performers in Baz Lurhmann’s film The Great Gatsby, as well as contributing her talents to the film Razzle Dazzle. Sophie then took her talents to the seas where she was a featured dancer on the Carnival Cruise Lines and has also worked in Bonnie Lythgoe’s most recent Pantomime’s Cinderella and The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.
Chasing her ultimate dream, Sophie made her way to New York City in 2014 where she attended the annual “cattle call” auditions to join the prestigious Radio City Rockettes. Since landing a spot in the company this opportunity has opened many doors for Sophie. She has consistently been selected for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC), numerous marketing campaigns and US talk shows with the Rockettes. Specifically, she performed with Michael Buble in his Christmas In New York special (NBC) and Teen Vogue’s special with Maddie Ziegler and The Rockettes. Her favourite performance to date would be dancing with The Rockettes at this year’s 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. Sophie is thrilled to spend her off-seasons sharing her passion and knowledge for the performing arts, to children and young adults in all genres.
JASON WINTERS – Performer / Choreographer
Jason Winters entry into the professional world came first with an apprenticeship to The DK Modern Dance Company in south Florida, he then moved to the corps de ballet, and eventually a soloist position with SBT in Orlando, Florida. After three years as a professional in the ballet world, Jason embarked on a 10 yr. working relationship with The Walt Disney World Company in Orlando, Florida and Tokyo Disneyland, Japan. He was a dancer/principal in 9 full-length shows (including Beauty & the Beast, Lion King, Tarzan Rocks, Pleasure Island, Encore, etc.) as well as countless commercial and industrial special events. In 1999, the Walt Disney Company asked him to be part of the creative team on an incredible new spectacular, entitled “Tapestry of Nations”, with over 1000 performers celebrating the new millennium. While living in Orlando, Jason also helped to form the prestigious Firestone hip-hop/jazz company, the first interactive performing experience catering to emerging dance music artists like BT, Moby, Deborah Cox, and Basement Jaxx.
After many years with Florida as his home, Jason had the opportunity to move to New York City and dance for one of the most prestigious organizations in the world, The Radio City Music Hall, NY, where he held a permanent position for 3 years. Immediately following his work with RCMH, as assistant to MARK DENDY, Jason helped to create the Off-Broadway show “Miracle Brothers”, at the award winning Vineyard Theater, as well as the Tony nominated Broadway spectacular by Boublil & Shonberg entitled “The Pirate Queen”. As assistant choreographer/dancer in the exclusive dance company of acclaimed choreographer MIA MICHAELS, Jason had the pleasure of working with Odyssey Dance Utah at the Jazz Dance World Congress, The New York Summer Dance Festival, and numerous other performances in North America.
Rounding out 2001, as associate producer, he helped to mount the Superbowl, the Academy Awards and The Grammy Awards, all in the same year, with artists such as U2, Madonna, Elton John, N’SYNC, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, and Destiny’s Child to name a few. During this time Jason also freelanced as a young choreographer for many projects, including “Sunsation” at the world famous Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, “River Walk Festival” in San Antonio, Texas, and on numerous corporate launch’s across America for companies like Mercedes Benz, Nike, Adidas, Tupperware, and BMW.
From 2004-2007 Jason would continue to assist Ms. MICHAELS on many global projects including Greek superstar Anna Vissi’s national concert tour “Nylon”, “So You Think You Can Dance” America & Canada, and the renowned Cirque de Soleil’s “DELIRIUM”, their largest touring production to date.
Jason soon moved into the next phase of his career as a master teacher and choreographer, holding a guest faculty position at Sydney Dance Company, Amsterdam Dance Centre, Fedes Belgium, The Joffery Ballet School, BROADWAY DANCE CENTER, STEPS on Broadway, New York City. At the same time, teaching workshops with organizations in North America such as Interlochen Arts Academy, Dance Masters of America, American Dance Awards, Vlad’s Dance Company, Canada, DanceFuzion-Canada’s Premier Dance Intensive, and many more.
In addition, Jason has choreographed for Australia’s “So You Think You Can Dance”, ABC Television’s “Dance Academy”, “Photo Finish”, and as 1 of 4 choreographers for the “Here I Am” project with Beyond Empathy, a week long intensive to create original work with young indigenous dancers from all over Australia. In 2014 Jason was featured as the lead actor/dancer in the Veronica’s No.1 hit “You Ruin Me”, in 2016 choreographer for the innovative film clip “Little Lover” for up and coming artist BROADHURST, in 2016 choreographer for the Emma Louise Australian tour, and in 2017 choreographer for the new Indie artist Fractures film clip ‘Time Frame’. Beginning in 2015, Mr. Winters founded “The Movement Experience – Youth Contemporary Dance Program”, a one on one mentoring and training intensive for aspiring dancers between the ages of 11-19, with a holistic approach to conditioning the body, mind, and spirit of young artists. Also in 2016 Jason was privileged to act as the Australian Artistic Director/Choreographer of a PBS documentary entitled ‘Dance the Dream’ – the 50yr celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Juliette Verne aka JET
Raised by performing artist parents within the wild world of entertainment, a performer,
choreographer and founder of J Foxx Entertainment production company, a positive mentor and creative ambassador of the Performing Arts Industry.
Choreographer of Bonnie Lythgoe Productions, creating stunning #ozpanto, theatrical and magical productions Snow White, Aladdin, Cinderella and Peter Pan touring Australia, starring celebrities Magda Szubanski, Gina Liano, Beau Ryan and Todd McKenney plus so many more.
So You Think You Can Dance Australia embraced Jet for 4 seasons as fulltime Choreographic Consultant, Choreographer and Judge, creating jaw-dropping routines like ‘Bad Romance’, ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Rhythm Nation’ and dance representative of the production team.
Founder of ‘Urban Dance Centre’ in Sydney, former hub of elite educators of performing arts mentoring incredible, passionate talent that now successfully represent UDC worldwide.
Performance credits include: NY Radio City Music Hall Rockette, Monte Carlo Sporting Club, Elton John, Liza Minelli and Rod Stewart, The Lion King Australia playing Sarafina (Nala’s mum), Wrench in Starlight Express Germany, Cha Cha in Grease Australia/ New Zealand and featured in Baz Luhrmann’s film Moulin Rouge and list goes on.
See Jet’s work on Bonnie Lythoge’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ coming to Australia in June 2018.
Jacqui Stratton-Smith was born in Adelaide and started dancing at age 5. She began her professional training in 1986 at the age of sixteen when she was awarded a scholarship to study ballet in Toronto, Canada. Following this Jacqui attended the Royal Ballet School where she completed her final 3 years of training, graduating in 1990. Jacqui danced first with the Kieler Ballett and then with the Staatsballett in Berlin. During her career she danced principal, solo, and corps de ballet roles in many ballets including, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Giselle and Swan Lake. She worked alongside artists such as Patrice Bart, Pierre Lacotte, Francois Claus and Vladimir Malakhov, and danced in original productions by contemporary choreographers Maurice Béjart and Roland Petit. Since returning to Australia Jacqui has taught as a freelance ballet instructor teaching in both primary and secondary school settings, at AC Arts, private dance schools, summer schools, dance awards and tertiary events. In more recent years Jacqui has been a guest artist with the Australian Ballet performing in Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake.
Prudence Caldwell grew up in Newcastle, Australia and studied classical ballet with the Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy.
After being awarded the outright winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship, Prudence Caldwell gained her Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award and began her formal training at The Australian Ballet School.
After Graduating from the ABS, Pru has performed across the globe with The Australian Ballet Dancers Company, The Queensland Ballet (under the directorship of Francois Klaus) , The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet and many leading European ballet companies.
In 2012 Pru was encouraged and guided through the world of Aerial Artistry in Las Vegas with Cirque Du Soleil and the Sandou Trio. She performed the sylph like moves and grace of a ballerina combined with contortion on air, showcasing her varied and breathtaking talent to audiences worldwide.
Combining talents with stage partner Aaron Adkins, the pair have performed to over a million guests worldwide with their breathtaking aerial ballet show “Two Worlds”.
Moving forward to 2017, Prudence is now the owner and Director of The EDGE with Prudence Caldwell Stretch program. A program developed to educate dancers on the benefits of stretching safely to improve on flexibility and to assist in injury management, prevention and fatigue.
Prudence has spent the past 5 years adjudicating in the USA and Canada and early this year was the adjudicator of the prestigious Sydney Ballet Scholarship and looks forward to helping Students at the NCD Summer school, with all their stretching needs.
Aaron Adkins began dancing at the age of 14 at the Rythum Plus Dance Company in Ontario Canada, where he became proficient in jazz, acrobatics, and hip hop. Aaron was also apart of the Canadian Open Gymnastics team, which represented Canada In Germany.
With over 20 years in the industry, forming on the charming sea voyages of Disney Cruise Line, to the millions of guests who visit Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, Aaron has delighted audience members around the world with his memorable portrayal of numerous Disney characters.
Following his work with Disney, Aaron returned to cruising the high seas with P&O (UK) Cruise Lines & Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines, as a specialty aerial artist with stage partner, Prudence Caldwell. Their superb acrobatics and aerial artistry has inspired audiences worldwide for the past 6 years. Upon completing six years with Regent, Aaron & Prudence came up with an idea of creating their own show, “Two Worlds”. It is their desire to give anyone who had ever wondered…. Where did “your” story begin?
….. an insight into their truly magical and surreal worlds of Aerial and Adage, From opposite spectrums, they show how their worlds collided in the most unexpected way.
Aaron is now a highly sort after guest instructor across the globe and has taught numerous workshops for such organizations as Dance Maters Of America, Northern Movement and Acrobatic Arts.
With full certification in Acrobatic arts and the knowledge/experience of a worldwide performer, Aaron is delighted to be sharing his skills with Students at The NCD Summer program.