Teachers

Past students have, and still, perform in professional productions including:
“Moulin Rouge”, “Cabaret”, “Pippin”, “Shrek, The Musical”, “Billy Elliot”,“Funny Girl”, “Dreamlover”, "Matilda", Hugh Jackman "Broadway to Oz" Live Concert, "Rocky Horror Show", "Wicked", "Fame The Musical", "Back with a Vengeance" ( Barry Humphries ), "The Boy from Oz", "Hello Dolly", "The Sound of Music", " Jolson", "Buddy", Singapore Ballet Theatre, Expressions, Moulin Rouge, The Paris Lido, Queensland Ballet International Gala, Dance Works, Movie World, Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Disney, Mega Jam Productions, Home and Away, Strictly Dancing (ABC), Mama Mia, plus numerous international cruise ship productions.

Many other students are now pursuing careers as dance teachers in after-school teaching programs, as freelance teachers, choreographers or studio owners, and in Dance in Education school based programs.

 

Lenore Robbins
R.A.D.Teaching Diploma, London; Grad. Dip. Special Education; Dip. Creative Arts

Lenore4Lenore has been dedicated to dance for many years, firstly as a student, then as performer, dance teacher and adjudicator. Lenore has been teaching dance for over 25 years, having previously danced professionally in commercial dance and as a producer/choreographer/dancer for the Queensland Ballet School's Touring Programmes. She performed with Queensland Modern and Contemporary Dance Company and was a founding member of Contemporary Dance Theatre. Lenore has studied contemporary technique (Graham and Cunningham) and performed many contemporary works by Australian choreographers such as Jacqui Carroll, Grahame Watson, Nanette Hassell, Russell Dumas and Cheryl Stock. She also studied acting under acclaimed American actor and director, Robert Gist. Lenore ran a successful dance and musical theatre studio in Brisbane for many years and is pleased that many of her students are now performing professionally both in Australia and overseas, and many others are establishing themselves as successful dance teaching professionals.

 

Meghan Bradshaw
A.R.A.D., Diploma in Dance (QDSE), Cert. IV Performing Arts, Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies R.A.D.

MegMeg commenced dance training at the age of 3 years and successfully completed her RAD Classical Ballet Exams from Pre Primary to Advanced 2. Meg has been trained in many dance styles including jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary, musical theatre and singing. She graduated from the Queensland Dance School of Excellence ( in conjunction with Queensland Ballet). Meg has performed for Queensland Ballet International Gala (Choreographed by Francois Klaus) and for Creative Generation (Choreographed by Helena Moore ). Meg has also graduated from ED5 International in Sydney, where she gained a Certificate IV in Performing Arts. During this time, Meg was fortunate to be trained by such well known teachers and choreographers as William Forsythe, Keith Hawley, Jenny Craddock, Kristen Buckley, Mitchell Hicks and Leslie Bell plus many others. Meg travelled to New York City to train at the world renowned Broadway Dance Centre where she completed the International Student Visa Program. Out of the fifty international students within her program, she was awarded the Certificate of Excellence. While in New York, Meg danced in many Music Videos, and performed as a Soloist in Broadway Dance Centre's Performance Project, and was offered the position of Dance Assistant to Jim Cooney for any Australian Workshops.  Meg has completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the R.A.D. London. Recently, Meg travelled to Las Vegas to choreograph and teach workshops, and to bring her personal vision of dance to American dance students. Meg is passionate about providing dancers with a strong technical foundation of dance, while instilling a love for performing and creating dancers who perform with elegance, purity, grace and style.

 

Miranda Zeller
Bach. Fine Arts (Dance); Bach. Physiotherapy (Honours); RAD Advanced.

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Miranda trained at Queensland Dance School of Excellence and Steps Dance Company where she obtained her Advanced 2 RAD Award. Following this Miranda studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in classical and contemporary dance at Queensland University of Technology. Miranda has worked for ten years as a professional contemporary and commercial dancer for stage and film in Australia and internationally. As a choreographer and dancer Miranda has worked with Expressions Dance Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Powderfinger, The Sleepy Jackson, Little Birdy Elizabeth Rose, Myer, Paulini and a number of independent contemporary choreographers. As a teacher Miranda has taught contemporary dance technique at Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company and Queensland University of Technology and is a regular adjudicator. In addition to her dance work Miranda is a fully qualified Physiotherapist helping her students fulfil their potential by drawing on her extensive knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics. Miranda is looking forward to working with the students and teachers of LR Dance in 2022.

 

Naomi Leader

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Naomi Leader is a versatile singer, dancer, and actress. She has a Performing Arts Diploma in Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance from ED5 International Performing Arts. Upon graduating she received a contract with Universal Studios Singapore as their lead singer and dancer in the Mel’s Dinette show.

Naomi’s skill, professionalism, and pocket rocket energy have led her to star in countless productions alongside some of Australia's top creative faces.

Naomi trained under some of the world's best choreographers in LA. She also worked with LA music producers on her debut album ‘Is This Ideal,’ which is available on all streaming sites. Naomi toured Australia as a supporting dancer with Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and producer Eric Bellinger and has assisted star dancer and choreographer Kate Wormald at the Kar Dance Convention.

In 2021 Naomi choreographed and starred in a musical dance sequence in the short film, Rapid, led by an award-winning crew. She was also an ensemble member in Packemin Productions Wicked and gigged around Sydney as the lead singer for Cover Story. Since being back on the Gold Coast, Naomi was offered and performed the lead singing role for Movieworld’s White Christmas. Besides her extensive performance experience, Naomi has also had extensive dance teaching experience both in Australia and overseas. Naomi is so excited for her next chapter here on the Gold Coast, ready to inspire and motivate the next generation of performing artists.

 

Danielle Archer

Danielle Archer

Danielle began dancing at the age of three, training at Ballerina’s School of Dance, and then later Lenore Robbins Dance Centre. She has trained in a range of styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, acro, cabaret and musical theatre. After graduating from Lenore’s in 2016, she continued onto full time training at Queensland National Ballet School, where she completed both a Certificate IV and Advanced Diploma under the guidance of many renowned ex-principals from international ballet companies. Danielle has also graduated from the Aerial Angels Pro Course, where she has learnt a variety of aerial and circus skills, including silks, lycra and trapeze.

Danielle has performed with Sydney based dance theatre, Force Majeure, in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, as well as productions with the Queensland National Ballet School, and in showcases for Aerial Angels.

She has a passion for dancing which she hopes to foster in young dancers, like her teachers did for her.

 

Patrick Robbins

Patrick RobbinsPatrick Robbins is a highly experienced professional Musician and Vocalist who has been teaching voice for the past 30 years. Patrick has worked and/or toured with such artists as John Farnham, Normie Rowe, John Rowles, Debbie Byrne, Wickety Wak, Mirusia, and many others. Drawing on his own professional experience Patrick provides teaching expertise in all Contemporary styles of singing. This includes Musical Theatre, Swing, Jazz and Contemporary Pop and Ballad styles.

Patrick has had a full and varied career exclusively within the entertainment industry. He has appeared on Television many times as a musician and vocalist, has recorded with many artists, was a founder member of multi - award winning band “Witz End” and has co-written and performed on hundreds of advertising “jingles”. He has also worked as an actor, a stand-up comedian and as a television Newsreader.

Private lessons available on request.

Visit Patricks website www.patrobbinssinging.com.au

 

Nathalie Benzan

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Nathalie commenced dancing at a young age and was fortunate to benefit from the knowledge and tutelage of a number of notable teachers in Newcastle, most significantly Ms Tessa Maunder OAM.

Nathalie trained in: Ballet - RAD, Tap - LGTDA, National Character - DES, Jazz, Demi-Character, Lyrical, Contemporary, Song and Dance, Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Singing and Clog.

At 17 years of age Nathalie embarked on a long-lived professional career when she signed her first professional contract with the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris. At the conclusion of her years in Paris she was also fortunate enough to be selected to perform in the cast of the Moulin Rouge World Tour which saw the Company travel all over the world, including performances in Russia, the San Remo Song Festival in Italy and for Donald Trump in New York. While in Paris Nathalie also worked as a professional model.

Nathalie worked in Australia for the Sydney Show Club and Conrad Jupiter’s Casino in ‘Jewel of the Orient Express’ before returning to the USA to work for the renowned Jean Ann Ryan Productions. Her work for Jean Ann Ryan included musicals such as Will Roger’s Follies, Grease and Pirates of Penzance as well as Jean Ann’s Sea Legs and Broadway Shows and saw her travel the world. Nathalie was fortunate enough to perform at the highly coveted Monte Carlo Sporting Club. This saw her sing back-up vocals for Michael Bolton and perform with Artist such as: Quincy Jones, Tom Jones, Harry Bellafonte, Zucchero and Phil Collins among others. Nathalie also went on to perform in the show at the famous Monte Carlo Casino. She worked onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines on various vessels for a number of years and also Japan Cruise Lines. Finally, after an extensive career performing Nathalie approached Jean Ann Ryan and requested to work for her in a management capacity. Nathalie was fortunate enough to be offered the very significant opportunity to represent Ms Ryan onboard Norwegian Cruise Line as the Company Manager for the first cast of Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s Production “Hey Mr Producer” ever to be taken onboard a cruise ship. Sir Cameron Mackintosh himself was heavily involved in this process. Nathalie then worked for a number of years in a management capacity for Jean Ann Ryan Productions which enabled her to glean knowledge associated with the production side of theatre. Years of employment, both in a performance and production capacity has provide Nathalie with an extensive knowledge bank. Nathalie now lives on the Gold Coast, holds a Degree in Education and enjoys teaching dance.