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Senior Teacher and Pilates Instructor: Crystal Wong
Crystal Wong RAD RTS, LRAD, ARAD, BA (Hons), Grad. Dip Choreography (VCA), Certified Pilates Instructor (DMA).
Born in Hong Kong, Crystal started her ballet training at Jean M. Wong Ballet School where she received a scholarship. She then pursued full time training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 1994 where she gained her Diploma. She was awarded the Heinz Bosl Memorial Scholarship by the Hong Kong Ballet Group 1995. Crystal then went to London for three years where she completed the Royal Academy of Dance degree BA (Hons) in the Art and Teaching of Ballet. In 1999 she moved to Melbourne where she further pursued her study towards a Diploma in Choreography at the Victorian College of the Arts. Trained under Craig Phillips, she became a certified Pilates Instructor at Dance Medicine Australia (DMA) in 2000. In Melbourne she taught at Dance World Studios (DW301), and worked closely with Gelsey Kirkland in 2004. Crystal joined Ecole in 2005. Her depth of experience teaching all levels of students, combined with her knowledge of the application of the Pilates system to dance training makes her an invaluable member of the faculty.
Head of Junior School: Bonnie Bennett
Bonnie Bennett ARAD TC DIP began her dance training at a young age at Lamont Dance Studios. As a student she also trained in acting and modelling and featured in several commerials and stage productions. At Lamont Dance Studio, Bonnie trained and taught many forms of Dance, including Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary as well as Classical Ballet. Her love and passion for Ballet had her come to Ecole Ballet and Dance Theatre as a full time student and with this she achieved her Advanced Vocational Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance. In this time, Bonnie performed in several of the school productions and began as an assistant teacher with Beginners, Pre-Primary and Primary classes, with great success. After completing her training with Ecole, Bonnie studied and achieved her Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet Teaching Certificate. Since then, Bonnie has continued teaching all styles of dance at Lamont Dance Studios as well as teaching at Ecole Ballet and Dance Theatre. Bonnie has also taught dance in the Primary and High School System and has competed in various dance eisteddfods, representing Ecole, Lamont and a number of Primary Schools.Miss “Bonnie” now teaches all Grade level students at Ecole, as well as Beginners, Pre-Primary and Primary. She choreographes and rehearses Ecole’s “10 years and under” and “12 years and under” Classical Groups as well as choreographing Classical and Demi Character Solos.
Jason Winters (Contemporary Dance - Permanent Faculty)
From a very early age the soundtrack of life has inspired Jason, pushing and pulling his mind and body in many directions. He studied classical piano and percussion and this was the beginning of an insatiable appetite to explore the boundless world music had to offer. Soon followed the overwhelming need to express this musical arena through the physical form. Jason trained in south/central Florida in theater as well as Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Modern dance.
Jason's professional work began in every genre and medium available. Getting the opportunity to perform, assist, and eventually choreograph with influential people/companies has truly shaped his artistry and approach to movement. The list includes Mia Michaels, Marc Dendy, Demetrius Klein, Odyssey Dance Utah, Southern Ballet Theater, Sol Kerzner’s Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas, Radio City Music Hall Productions, The Walt Disney World Co., and Cirque Du Soleil.
Jason Winters' teaching has taken him far and wide: he has held staff positions at Joe Michaels (Miami, FL), Raskin (Orlando, FL), and recently at multiple Studios in New Jersey, Boston, and Tokyo. He conducts master classes at universities and conventions around the world.
Jessica Steed-Burton BA Hons ARAD Jessica trained at Ecole Ballet and Dance Theatre for 6 years, completing her RAD Advanced II and HSC Dance Studies, before continuing her studies at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. With a flare for choreography, she performed and presented works in every Student Choreography shows and was honoured to perform her self choreographed solo “Where I Come Back To” at the Royal Opera House to critical acclaim. After graduating Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Jessica continued to perform and choreograph throughout the UK, working with many contemporary and neo-classical dance companies. She now teaches Contemporary Dance and HSC Dance at Ecole.