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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.

Sakura started teaching adult 'Absolute Beginner' classes in 2009 in Singapore. Since become director of City Dance Centre in 2011, she has expanded her passion for teaching ballet to adults, from absolute beginners to professionals.

Sakura also taught both classical and contemporary ballet at Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, Gay Wightman School of Ballet from 2010 to 2012.

As well as being Director for the City Dance Centre, Sakura also teaches Melbourne audition class for the Queensland Ballet under the direction of Li Cunxin since 2017.


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.

Chiara Ferri

Chiara Ferri started training in Classical Ballet with Marga Nativo in Florence and later went on to study at the “Princesse Grace” Ballet Academy in Montecarlo with Marika Besobrasova. She started her career as a professional ballet dancer in Switzerland, then moved to the UK and worked with the English National Ballet for nine years performing roles in many of the major ballet productions and touring worldwide with the Company. In 2004 she joined the ballet company in Copenhagen Denmark, dancing the Bournonville’s repertoire and also performing in Pantomimes.

She taught classical ballet to students of all ages at the Performing Arts school in Auckland NZ and worked as Ballet Mistress for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. For the past 6 years she has been teaching the full time and part time program at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet as well as teaching and examining the ACB syllabus. She also teaches regular classes at City Dance Centre and works as Assistant director/dancer at Dancebourne Arts.

Adrian Dimitrievitch

Since 2012: Ballet Teacher at the Victorian College of Arts (University of Melbourne)

Since 2009: Senior Ballet Teacher, Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance, Melbourne

2008-2009: Guest Teacher for The International Ballet, Tokyo, Japan

2007-2009: dance and movement coach: Victorian Opera, Melbourne (Director: Richard Gill)

2006-2010: Ballet Master and Choreographer: National Institute of Circus Arts, Swinburne University, Melbourne

Since 2005: class instructor for The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (Christine Walsh, Melbourne)

2005: guest Ballet master and class instructor for The Australian Ballet;

Since 1996: Artistic Director: Australian Chamber Ballet

1997-1999: Ballet Master: Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre

1996-1997: Guest instructor: Sydney Dance Company; Coach & Choreographer: national gymnastics team, Australian Institute of Sports; Specialist coach: Sydney Kings basketball team

1994-1995: Coach: Lilliana Belfiore Company, Buenos Aires

1992-1997: Director: Dimitrievitch Ballet

1987-1993: guest soloist in Gala performances throughout Europe and the U.S.A.

1991-1992: Choreographer: Canberra City Opera
Ballet Master: Meryl Tankard Dance Company (Canberra)

1989: Guest teacher: Professional Ballet School, San Francisco
Guest teacher: Deutsche Oper, Berlin
Guest teacher: Paris Dance Centre
Guest teacher: Studio Harmonic, Paris

1987-1988: Guest artist: Ballet Classique de Paris / National Italian Televsion (RAI), Florence

1987: Choreographer & Solo ballet dancer: The Australian Opera

1985: Solo performer: Queensland Ballet

1981-1984: Soloist:Münster State Theatre Ballet,Gärtnerplatztheater(Munich), Oberhausen Ballet

1975-1980: Soloist: Corps de Ballet, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires

Carol Green


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