Faculty

Anne Gray

Anne Gray

DIRECTOR

Anne Gray gained her Associate Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Teachers Diploma with Distinction, was an RAD Adeline Genee (Fonteyn Award) Finalist and a Society of Dance Arts (SODA) Finalist.

Anne has extensive international experience dancing at the Joffrey Ballet School, New York and in Monaco, as well as the Sydney Festival Ballet Company. Anne starred in the ballet film, Harlequin, and performed in various television commercials.

In 1992 Anne founded the North Shore Dance Academy, which is now one of Sydney’s leading ballet and dance schools. With her dedication, commitment and first class faculty, Anne has nurtured many students to successful careers in the Australian Ballet and dance companies throughout the world. Actively participating in Australia’s dance community, Anne is an Associate and a Mentor for teacher training for the Royal Academy of Dance.

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RACHAEL ALLEN

Jazz, Hip Hop


Rachael completed a Diploma of Dance and has worked in the children’s entertainment industry for The Wiggles, Nickelodeon and performed in shows for Carnival Cruise Lines. Rachael has many years of teaching experience.

DAMIEN GRIMA

Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop


Damien commenced his dance training in Queensland before moving on to the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. He has extensive and varied experience as a professional dancer, including cruise ships, performing “Copacabana” in England, and for the Potters Theatre Company. He has choreographed pieces for the Short Sweet & Dance Festival and taught Jazz, Contemporary and Ballroom.

RENEE JARRETT

Classical ballet


Renee completed her Adv2 and her RAD Teaching Diploma (Distinction for the Vocationals) and has studied all dance genres specialising in Ballet and National Character. She also has a degree in Biotechnology from UNSW. Renee is passionate about teaching and encourages every student to share their love of dance and is excited to be teaching again at NSDA.

AMELIA KOEN

Classical ballet


Amelia started training at NSDA at age 4 learning Ballet, Contemporary/Lyrical, Jazz and Character. Selected to represent NSDA in many award winning groups and solo eisteddfod dances, Amelia was a Distinction student and achieved her RAD Advanced 2 exam. Completing HSC Dance attaining an excellent mark, Amelia was selected for “Callbacks” for her choreography. She is currently studying at The University of Sydney a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Honours). Amelia is excited to share her love of dance, helping students to achieve their best.

CATHY MOSS

Classical ballet, Pilates, Stretch


Cathy Moss ARAD completed her RAD Advanced 2 with Distinction and was a scholarship student at the Royal Ballet School, London. She also has a Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Sydney. Cathy is passionate about teaching ballet and sharing her love of dance.

CLAIRE RODRIGUES

Classical ballet, Contemporary, Pilates, Stretch


Claire began dancing at NSDA at the age of 6, training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and National Character. She performed and placed in solo and group eisteddfods as well as performing at the Opera House in “Swan Lake” with the Australian Ballet at age 10. Claire also was selected to dance the lead role of Clara in the Nutcracker. Claire completed her Advanced 2 RAD exam and also achieved a mark of 99 for HSC Dance. Claire has completed the RAD Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies.

SARAH EDDIE

Classical ballet, Contemporary, Pilates, Stretch,


Sarah Eddie ARAD trained at North Shore Dance Academy where she completed all RAD exams including Advanced 2 with Distinction. Sarah then trained at Elmhurst Ballet School, UK, and during this time performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet, competed in the Genee and achieved a Diploma in Professional Dance. Sarah then performed professionally with the Ajkun Ballet Theatre, New York, with soloist roles in the Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty. Sarah has completed her RAD teaching qualification and has nearly completed a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Accounting and Finance). She is passionate about teaching dance.

MARIE LOGAN

Classical ballet, Pilates, Stretch


Marie Logan, ARAD BA CBTS trained at NSDA, gaining extensive experience in all genres of dance representing NSDA in eisteddfod groups and solos. After graduating with her RAD Adv 2, Marie gained her RAD Teaching Qualification (CBTS) while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at Macquarie University and her Pilates Instructor (Certificate IV in Fitness Pilates) qualification. Marie loved teaching at NSDA before moving to London, gaining further teaching experience. Marie is excited to be back at NSDA and her aim is to inspire a love of dance in students, encouraging them to reach their full potential.

GRANT KENNEDY

Piano accompanist


Grant studied piano, pipe organ and musical theory during his secondary schooling before embarking on a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at UNSW. During his tertiary study he played piano for NSDA and this re-ignited his passion for classical music and the arts. As a ballet pianist Grant plays for the Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company and the Royal Academy of Dance.

MEGAN TAYLOR

Classical ballet, Contemporary


Megan began ballet at the age of 5. She spent 7 years training in Perth at a performing arts school where she did Jazz, Tap and ballet. In Sydney she spent 6 years training at North Shore Dance Academy completing her RAD Advanced 2 exam with Distinction and studying Contemporary, Jazz and Pilates. Megan also represented NSDA in numerous prize winning solo and group eisteddfod dances. She also successfully completed her HSC Dance with a mark of 96 and was selected for “Callbacks” for 2 of her works. She has recently completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University.

NATASHA POLCZYNSKI

Classical ballet


Natasha commenced her training at the age of 3 at North Shore Dance Academy. Natasha was a Distinction student, studying Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Pilates and HSC Dance. Natasha represented NSDA in numerous prize winning solo and group eisteddfod dances. She completed her Advanced 2 ARAD and gained her RAD Teaching Qualification (CBTS). Natasha has gained further experience from intensive summer schools overseas including with the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.