Our Teachers

CHANTELLE SMEDA - PRINCIPAL/DIRECTOR

 

   Chantelle has been dancing since the age of 5 studying all facets of dance including Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Classical Ballet and TAP. Chantelle has worked with choreographers such as Aidan Kane Munn (LWD), Daniel Jaber (ADT), Larissa McGowan (ADT), Jet Verne (choreographer for the stars, Urban Dance Centre), Michael Schwandt and many more. In 2012 Chantelle completed her fulltime training as a professional dancer and is currently pursuing further training with TRANSIT DANCE Melbourne

 

Chantelle is a fully qualified Acrobatic coach, is qualified in Alixa Flexibility Training, Certified Aerial apparatus (silks, trapeze, aerial lyra)

and is a partner with CLI studio and International Dance Technique.   As Principal and Director of PIVOTAL DANCE, Chantelle is passionate about ongoing training and improvement for both herself and her teachers with a focus on constantly improving the services provided to our students.

Along with directing and teaching with Pivotal Dance, Chantelle continues to work professionally with DING productions and provides various secondary schools with performance workshops and assistance with SACE choreography.

Chantelle is the Director/Choreographer of Youth Performance Company:  CREATIVE MOTION, a physical performance company who recently debuted with a successful season at Adelaide Fringe 2021 presenting their seminal work CR8.

Chantelle teaches Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Competition classes and  is senior coach for  ACROBATIC ARTS, AERIAL ARTS and specialist technique classes

MICHELLE OLIVIER -     ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

In 2010 Michelle assisted Chantelle in founding Pivotal Dance.

With a strong background in business management as well as costume design Michelle today manages the administration of  the studio as well as coordinating the costume department , financial and other areas.  She is your first point of contact when making enquiries regarding classes.

SUSAN COOKE - RAD BALLET, EXAM COACH RAD REGISTERED, DIP A.B.S

PIVOTAL DANCE is very pleased to have Susan Cooke leading our Ballet programme

As a LifeTime member of the RAD and with extensive experience teaching the RAD syllabus Susan has a passion for excellence and in providing ongoing support for students individual development. 

 Students may either  choose the recreational model of taking a single lesson weekly if choosing to learn ballet for pleasure or to use it to develop appropriate technique in other classes, or, for the more serious student we provide the opportunity for students to take additional classes in order to prepare for sitting RAD exams.

Our RAD ballet classes commence with students from 4.5 yrs of age.

SASKIA MCGRANE - JAZZ, HIP HOP, TECHNIQUE, CONTEMPORARY

Saskia began dancing at an early age and it has been our privilege to have her as part of the family at Pivotal Dance for the past 6 years. Saskia has trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz , Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop and acrobatics. In 2018 we were thrilled to see her accepted into the ADT YOUTH ENSEMBLE and, at the same time commence her University training.  Currently Ms Saskia teaches our Under 12 and Under 15 recreational classes at Brighton, together with being responsible for our very successful U12 competitive hip hop team.

STEPHANIE SCHETTER - Acrobatic Arts, Aerial 

Stephanie joined the Pivotal Family in 2010 and since that time has trained extensively in RAD Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop Acrobatics and Aerial genres and has a Bachelor of Education degree, teaching at a local private school.

Since 2014 Ms Stephanie has been involved with various classes and now provides an invaluable service to the studio as a fully qualified Acrobat Arts instructor along with holding an education degree.  She now manages our Monday acrobatic classes at Brighton  as well as co teaching the aerial  classes at Seaford studios.   Her warm and caring approach endears her to her students, and her attention to detail shows in their constant progress.

JASMINE GOLDING - Competition Team Coach Seaford,

Jazz, contemporary, Lyrical, Technique,  Acrobatic Arts coach

In 2019 PIVOTAL DANCE was pleased to welcome Jasmine Golding to our team as Senior coach for our competitive teams at Seaford.

Jasmine has a very strong background as both a performer (too many to list!) and a Dance Coach - having worked with a number of studios throughout Adelaide in senior positions responsible for coaching competitive and recreational teams.

Training with AICD, CSTD and Adelaide College of the Arts, Jasmine has a focus on strong technical development and performance.

HANNAH MARCELLA BURKE- Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Technique

Ms Hannah has trained in all genres of dance including RAD Ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, Musical Theatre, Broadway, Acrobatics and  hip hop.  With a strong background in competitive dance , recently completing Cert IV Dance certification as the next step in her training.  Hannah was also accepted to the prestigious Ettinghausenpro Diploma course. Ms Hannah teaches multiple genres at both Brighton and Seaford studios.

BRIANNA BART-BAX

 Brianna has trained in multiple genres including Cecchetti and RAD  ballet, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre and hip hop.  Brianna holds a Cert IV Dance Teaching and Management and has a has a strong background in competitive dance and has been teaching since 2018 with various Adelaide dance schools. This year she will be working with both junior and senior recreational classes as well as our RAD Ballet classes.

KIARA NG

 Ms Kiara has been involved for many years with our competitive dance teams and has a strong background in multiple genres including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, broadway and hip hop.  She is experienced in International Dance Technique and acrobatics.  Kiara holds a Cert IV Dance teaching and Management, together with Certification as a registered teacher with Ready Set Dance.  Kiara will be leading a number of our recreational hip hop classes and assisting with jazz and contemporary classes as well as our READY SET DANCE classes

RACHAEL ROWETT

Rachael has trained with Pivotal Dance in multiple genres including RAD Ballet, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop and Acrobatics and now holds a Cert IV Dance Teaching and Management from TRANSIT DANCE, together with being a certified teacher in both Acrobatic Arts and Ready Set Dance programmes.