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Principal Teacher

Principal Teacher - Sakura ShimizuPrincipal Teacher - Sakura Shimizu

Sakura Shimizu

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sakura started training at Suzuki Classic Ballet Academy. In 1990 and 1991 she won 2nd prize in the Saitama All Japan Dance Competition. In 1992 she was a semifinalist in the Prix de Lausanne and entered the Hamburg Ballet School, graduating in 1994.

Upon graduation Sakura joined the Hamburg Ballet, under the direction of John Neumeier, where she danced all the repertoire as well as new ballets Nijinsky, Messiah and Odyssey by John Neumeier, Sleeping Beauty by Mats Ek and 8 by Christopher Wheeldon.

In 2002 Sakura was a guest artist with the Singapore Dance Theatre and had a leading role acting and dancing for Tanz Theater in Klingt Meine Linde by Tina Seeland In Kampnagel Hamburg. In June 2002 Sakura joined Singapore Dance Theatre, under the direction of Goh Soo Khim, and danced a large variety of works by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Stanton Welch, Ohad Naharin, Thierry Malandin, David Dawson, Jorma Elo, Boi Sakti, Sakiko Oshima, Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Graham Lustig. She also danced many classical roles and choreographed a ballet for the company.

Since arriving in Melbourne Sakura has performed with Redspan Contemporary Dance Company, Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and Melbourne Ballet Company.

Teachers

Robert MillsRobert Mills

Robert Mills

Robert studied classical ballet from a young age at the McDonald College in Sydney and later at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington. During his career he danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, and the West Australian Ballet in a range of roles including soloist and leading roles.

He has performed roles such as the Nutcracker Prince, the lead in The Rite of Spring, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and Widow Simmone in La Fille mal gardée. Some career highlights include working with choreographers such as David Dawson (A Million Kisses to My Skin), Natalie Weir (Dark Lullaby and Jabula), Marie-Claude Pietragalla (Les Noces), and Ohad Naharin (Tabula
Rasa), and dancing in works by Jiri Kylian, George Balanchine, Glen Tetley and John Cranko. In 2013 he performed for the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard during her visit to the WA Ballet Centre, and was recognised as a Distinguished Graduate by the New Zealand School of Dance in the same year.

Since 2015 he’s been working as a freelance ballet teacher in Perth and Melbourne, including work for the West Australian Ballet Education Department, Australian Ballet School, RAD Festival (WA), and Genee Dance Challenge (WA). He is currently undertaking the Vaganova teacher training course at the Australian Ballet School, due to graduate in 2020.

Adrian Demitrovic

Carol Green

Chiara Ferri

Guest Teachers

From time to time we will have guest teachers who are current or former professional dancers from both Australia and overseas. Guest teachers have included Cedric Ygnace, Steven Etienne, Jacky Du, Jason Duff, Olivia Bell, Laura Tong, Juliet Burnett, Adam Thulrow, Loughlan Prior, Simon Hoy