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From Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gaia has been dancing since she was young.  She attended the Bolshoi Theatre School and obtained a professional graduation degree in Classical Ballet, Repertoire Classical Ballet, Character Dance, Historical Dance, Drama, Tap, Classical Pas de Deux, Musical Literature, Piano, History of Ballet, Theatre and Fine Arts.  She studied with Vladimir Vasiliev and Ekaterina Maximova.  In 2015, Gaia became a Certified Teacher by Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program, and has been teaching Classical Ballet since 2008.




Meg Tolputt trained at The Dance Centre Peregian Springs under the direction of Miss. Deborah, Mr. Leader, and other guest teachers for  3 years. At the end of the third year, she was invited to join the Queensland Ballet Academy Senior program and as a result of this, she moved to Brisbane to begin her training at the beginning of 2019. While at the academy she trained in ballet, contemporary, pas de deux, and character aspiring to be a professional ballerina one day. After COVID hit, she decided to redirect her focus to sharing her knowledge of the ballet industry to younger dancers at The Dance Centre Peregian Springs. Recently Meg was accepted into studying a Bachelors of Dietetics (honors) with the goal of becoming a sports dietitian for elite dancers

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Scarlett O’Rielley has trained in ballet and modern dance for 13 years. She trained at The Dance Centre Peregian Springs for 8 years, and during that time she was invited to participate in The Australian Ballet School Interstate Program (ITP), before being invited to Level 4 at the ABS full time. She trained for 3 years with the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, Victoria, where she successfully obtained a Diploma in Dance. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the amazing young students of The Dance Centre Peregian Springs and is very honoured and passionate about sharing all her knowledge of dance. 



Guest Teacher

Tilly Cleyne trained at The Dance Centre Peregian Springs under the guidance of Miss. Deborah, Mr. Leader and other members of the teaching staff for 7 years. In her graduating year she was accepted into The New Zealand School of Dance. She moved to Wellington in 2020 to begin training in January but after only 1 term was sent home, due to the Covid Pandemic, and completed her studies via Zoom.  She also traveled to Brisbane to train with Hao Bin and Meng Ningning’s elite program through the remainder of 2020. In term 3 she was accepted into The Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s traineeship program for 2021. Until she can travel internationally to Moscow and Europe she is delighted to have the chance to share her knowledge with The Dance Centre students, and continue with her her personal training.



Guest Faculty

Hao Bin was a former Principal Dancer at The Queensland Ballet. Before that he was a principal dancer of The National Ballet of China. He is the National First Class Performer in China.

In addition to being QDC's artistic director, Hao Bin is currently a sessional academic at Queensland University of Technology.

He was invited to be an adjudicator for the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. He was also an adjudicator for the Ballet Repertoire of the Gold Coast Eisteddfod in 2017.

Hao Bin is the recipient of numerous international accolades for ballet, including a Jury Special Award at the Third Shanghai International Ballet Competition and a nomination for "Best Male Dancer of the Year" in the Prix Benois La Danse in Moscow. He was named "Most Outstanding Dancer" in Dance Australia's Critics Survey of 2011. He has lead many performances and has appeared at many international ballet galas includes John Cranko's Dance Festival Celebration in Stuttgart Germany in 2007, The 17th International Ballet Gala in Budapest in 2009, The Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg and the "German Dance Award 2010" in Essen in 2010, The Dance Salad Festival at the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater in Houston in 2015. He has also performed in many world-standard theatres such as The Royal Opera House, Opéra Garnier, The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Hamburg State Opera, and the Arts Centre Melbourne.

He has danced many major and leading roles in story ballet such as Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, Raymonda, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, King Arthur etc. He has performed leading roles in new classic ballet repertoires including Carmae, Pink Floyd, Who Cares, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Five Poems, Beethoven's 7th Symphony, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Kazimir's Colors. He has performed the leading roles in the Chinese ballet Peony Pavilion and many others.

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Guest Faculty

Meng Ningning was a former principal dancer of The National Ballet of China and Queensland Ballet in Australia. She is a National First Class Performer in China, She has received Special allowance expert of the State Council in China as well. Ms. Meng graduated Master Fine Arts with honor from Beijing Dance Academy, joined National Ballet of China. She is a registered teacher with Royal Academy of Dance. She was invited to be an guest examiner in Solo Seal of RAD in Adelaide in 2017.

She has danced many major and leading roles in story ballet such as "Le Corsaire","Sleeping Beauty", "Cinderella", "Giselle", "Raymonda", "Don Quixote", "Swan Lake", "Coppelia", "Romeo and Juliet", "King Arthur" etc. Other leading roles in her repertoires include "Carmen" "Pink Floyd","Who Cares", "The Four Temperaments", "Serenade", "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated", and Rudi van Dantzig's "Four Last Songs", "Kazimir's Colors". She has performed many leading roles in Chinese ballet as "The Red Detachment of Women", "Raise the Red Lantern", "Yellow River", "Peony Pavilion" etc.

In 1998, she worked with a Dutch choreographer in a contemporary Pas de deux, which was very well received by the performance for the Queen of the Netherlands. In 2002, she won the Gold Medal at the 4th Nagoya International Ballet&Modern Dance Competition in Japan. She was named one of the National First Class Performer in China in 2004. In August 2006, she was invited to the 4th Art Festival in Turkey. She worked with British choreographer Akram Khan in a new work "Bahok" which was very successfully presented in many countries in the world in 2008. As a guest Artist, she performed lead role of Swan Lake with Richmond Ballet in America in 2013. She has lead many performances in many world-standard theatres such as The Royal Opera House,Opéra Garnier,The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Hamburg State Operaand the Arts Centre Melbourne.

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

Social Media & Website Management Virtual Administration

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 two 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!