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Isabella Hood is an Australian dance performer, choreographer and teacher. She began her dance training under the Directorship of Dale Coles at  Toowoomba School of Dance learning in the styles of RAD ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine  Arts in Dance Performance at Queensland University of Technology, and in 2017, continued into postgraduate studies, earning herself first class Honours.


As a part of her post-graduate studies, Isabella joined Expressions Dance Company (re-established as Australian Dance Collective) as an apprentice, and  later in 2017 as an ensemble member, going on to work with choreographers such as Natalie Weir, Amy Hollingsworth, Gabrielle Nankivell, Christina  Chan, Melanie Lane, Cass Mortimer Eipper, Stephanie Lake and Dominic Wong. She toured nationally and internationally with the company to China and Hong Kong (2018- 2019), collaborating with CCDC and Beijing Dance/LDTX.


In 2019, she completed her Yoga teacher training, and is now based in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, working as a freelance artist. She is also studying  Nutrition, Zenthai Shiatsu Bodywork and researching the extensive realms of Yoga. 


Isabella is currently creating a new interdisciplinary theatre-based work in collaboration with somatic sound designer and performer, Jag Popham. 



Student Teacher

Born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, Evie began her training at TDCPS in 2016, training in RAD and the Vaganova syllabus.  She is currently studying dance and a certificate 3 in fitness.  While under the tutelage of The Dance Centre, Evie earned many achievements, including: The Australian Ballet School invitee, The Royal Ballet School short term scholarship, JMA Intermediate Foundation winner, BPAC finalist, YAGP recipient Tanz Akademie Zurich scholarship, YAGP recipient Bolshoi Ballet scholarship NYC.

Georgia Swan


Guest Faculty

Georgia was born in Ballarat, Victoria, and started her ballet training at 8 years old. She began at the Carol Oliver School of Ballet and then went on to complete years 11 and 12 at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. After graduating, Georgia moved to Brisbane and was accepted into Queensland Ballets Pre-Professional Program. In 2015 she was promoted to Jette Parker Young Artist, a year Later Company Artist and in 2018 was promoted to Soloist.  


Repertoire Highlights  

  • "Odette/Odile" In Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake.  

  • "Marquise Mertuile" in Liam Scarlett’s Dangerous Liaisons. 

  • "Edith (Gamzatti)" in Greg Horsman’s La Bayadere.  

  • "Sugar Plum Fairy" & "Snow Queen" in The Nutcracker.  

  • "Principal" in Greg Horsmans Verdi Variations 

  • "Snow Queen" and "Lead Flower" in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker 

  • Soloist in Rhapsody in Blue in Derek Deane's Strictly Gershwin 

  • George Balanchine's Serenade 

  • Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo & Juliet  


Professional Accolades  

  • Candidate for the 2014 Prix de Lausanne  

  • Finalist Cecchetti International Ballet Competition (Manchester, UK) in 2011  

  • Cecchetti Gold Medal in Victoria (Australia) in 2012  

  • Valrene Tweedie Ballet Scholarship winner for Australia in 2013 

Ari Thompson


Guest Faculty

Ari was born in Brisbane and started learning ballet at the age of 13 with Shayne McCormick Ballet Centre in Ipswich. He has danced for some of the most prestigious ballet companies in Australia. At 15 years old Ari moved to Melbourne and joined the Australian Ballet School before returning to Brisbane to join The Queensland Ballet Pre-Professional Program. In 2015 he was accepted into the Jette Parker Young Artist Program and then spent a year dancing with the Western Australian Ballet Company. He returned to Queensland Ballet in 2017 and was promoted to Company Artist.  


Repertoire Highlights  

  • "Big stepsister" in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella.  

  • "Gercourt" in Liam Scarlett’s Dangerous Liaisons  

  • "Elegy Man" in George Balanchine’s Serenade  

  • "Pirate" in Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan  

  • "Witch" in Peter Schaufass’s La Sylphide  



Guest Vocational Consultant - Conditioning, Flexibility, Strength/Physio 

Louise Drysdale is a member of Queensland Ballet’s Performance Health team. An enthusiastic dance student herself, Louise graduated from Kelvin Grove State College and Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) in 2008 before making the decision to combine her two passions for science and dance by studying Physiotherapy. She returned to Queensland Ballet in 2015 and splits her time as a Physiotherapist between the Academy and the Company.



Guest Faculty

Tim Terton worked with the Queensland Ballet Company as an apprentice before moving to Europe where he studied a Bachelor Degree of Dance at the world famous Palucca School and worked as a soloist in the Contemporary Dance Company in Dresden, Germany.  Tim's Contemporary technique focuses on finding the fluidity, strength and efficiency in the body throughout all levels including floor work, standing and jumping.



Guest Faculty

Kit was Principal Dancer with international companies such as The Australian Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Basel Ballet, and PACT Ballet.  He danced principal roles and worked with Massine, Lifar, Dolin, Tetley, Carter and Darrell, and appeared in Gala Performances with Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, and Fernando Bujones.

Meet Our Staff

Pam Zeidman

Pam Zeidman

Virtual Administrative Assistant & Social Media Management

Pam has been keeping TDCPS active on social media and managing our website since 2014 from her home in Chicago, Illinois (USA).  She also helps with administrative duties.  Pam has been a dance teacher and choreographer for over 35 years and has been the studio manager for three top dance studios in the Chicago area, as well as Program Director for the American Dance Training Camps.  With over 10 years as an executive administrative assistant, she now has her own virtual assistant business helping dance studios and performing artists thrive.

Trisha Stephens

Trisha Stephens

TDCPS Tutu Coordinator

Choosing the perfect tutu or costume for TDCPS students is vital for an up-and-coming young dancer. Trisha Stephens, who has spent 14 years fitting ballet dancers has an eye for detail, colour, and importantly the correct costume for the music of a dancer.  Trisha assists parents and dancers weave their way through the sometimes challenging world of dance costumes to ensure their dancer looks their best and has the confidence to take on competitons, auditions and photoshoots.

Hollie Noonan

Hollie Noonan

TDCPS Costume Coordinator

Hollie is a designer with an unwavering love for 'The Arts' and is constantly inspired to create experiences for others that enhance the enjoyment of life. She is a 'creative' who values systems - which is very helpful in keeping our studio costumes beautiful, organised, and ready to go on schedule.

Hollie thoroughly enjoys supporting our TDCPS dancers with costumes that make them feel both spectacular and comfortable on stage so that they can shine in doing what they love, performing!

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