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Dance Academy

Covenant Dance Academy offers an after-school dance program where students can express their faith and creativity whilst pursuing their passion for dance. While offering students a variety of the most popular dance styles, and incorporating modern music and movement, Covenant Dance Academy ultimately desires students to glorify God. This often requires a counter-cultural approach with the selection of age-appropriate music, choreography and costuming.

The Dance Academy offers lessons on Monday to Thursday afternoons on-site at Covenant and caters for Prep children through to senior students and adults. Classes are held in a variety of spaces around the school, with most in the air-conditioned School Hall or Performing Arts Space. Students work towards performing in the end of year dance concert.  

Covenant Dance Academy currently offers the following styles:

  • Ballet (including RAD examinations)
  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Lyrical Jazz
  • Lyrical/Contemporary
  • Dance Fitness
  • Stretch & Limber
  • Hip Hop
  • Dance Ministry
  • Tiny Tots Dance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Drama
  • Adult Fitness

Drama Classes

Students focus on acting and play-building and how to be effective and creative performers through drama games and activities. The year 2-6 class will learn various drama skills and strengthen their confidence on the stage. Senior classes will explore the elements of drama and develop character building techniques.

All drama classes will focus on preparing scenes for the end of year Dance Academy Concert, with the main roles coming from our senior classes. 

Musical Theatre

Students learn a combination of singing, dancing and acting techniques for an exciting performance in the end of year Dance Academy Concert.

This allows them to gain stage experience in multiple aspects of performing. Musical Theatre is wonderful for developing self confidence and teamwork.

Students will strengthen their skills through various activities and theatrical games.

Students who are interested in auditioning for Covenant School Musicals find both these classes a great opportunity for experience.

Free trial lessons are available, and enrolments may be taken throughout the year.

We warmly welcome students from other schools to attend the Covenant Dance Academy.

2021 Dance Academy Timetable and Enrolment Form
2021 Dance Academy Uniform Requirements 
The Dance Academy can be contacted via the School Office:
Phone: 8459 4200
Email: danceacademy@covenant.nsw.edu.au

Dance teachers

Mrs Kellie Conolly

Kellie brings a wealth of teaching experience and a love of Ballet to every class. She has taught students from Tiny Tots through to pre-professionals for over 20 years.

Kellie has been Principal of the Tanya Pearson Classical Part Time Academy, and was on the Full Time faculty of the Academy where she coached students for exams and competitions both in Australia and overseas. She has choreographed for the Sydney City Youth Ballet and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Kellie loves sharing the art of dance with her students.

Mrs Hayley Jacobs

Mrs Jacobs has been dancing since she was three-years-old. She has studied all dance styles, has a love of teaching and has also attained a Bachelor of Education. 

Miss Marthe Johannessen

Having loved dance since she was a little girl, Marthe trained at Bårdar Dance Academy in Norway as a professional dancer. She now enjoys passing on her love of dance to her students. 

Mrs Linda Keen
Dance Academy

After training at the Royal Ballet School, Miss Linda began her dance career at the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet (London) and later danced in the National Ballet of Portugal. Miss Linda also spent time in Israel dancing and this is where her desire to connect dance with her faith began. Returning to Australia she developed the dance coursework for C3 Ministry College. Linda holds her Solo Seal (RAD) and MA degree (dance performance) through UWS. 

She has now been teaching for over 20 years, with the last seven years devoted to the Covenant Dance Academy.

Miss Hannah Parsons

Hannah began dancing at the age of nine. She is trained in Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz, but has a love for all genres. Hannah has completed her Bachelor of Dance at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, and is continuing her studies at Excelsia College doing her Masters of Teaching (Secondary). She is excited to start this new journey of teaching and hopes that she will inspire young children to grow in their passion for dance. 

Miss Emily Bennett

Emily has been involved in Covenant dance concerts and musicals for over seven years, having experience both on and off the stage. One of her highlights was performing in the 2017 school musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, where she played the role of Baroness Bomburst. She has a passion for musical theatre and loves working with students on plays and performances.

Emily graduated from Covenant in 2019, and completed music and drama as two of her HSC subjects. She is now studying a Bachelor of Teaching at Macquarie University.

Miss Charlotte Pond

Charlotte first started dancing at the age of two and has loved it ever since. Having studied a variety of dance styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and physie, Charlotte has gained various national achievements and distinctions in vocational exams. Her passion for dance lies in teaching and sharing her skills to the younger community. Charlotte is currently studying a Bachelor of Dance at the Australian College of Physical Education.

Miss Lucinda Pond

Lucinda began dancing at the age of two and has never looked back. She has trained in Ballet, Physie, Contemporary, Jazz, and Tap. Lucinda is currently studying a Bachelor of Dance at the Australian College of Physical Education. She is a passionate and keen teacher who loves dance and hopes to share her passion with all her students.

Miss Annie Wye

Annie has been acting, dancing and singing on stage since she was eight years old. She has been involved with the Australian Girls Choir for over 10 years, even performing with Hugh Jackman in his ‘Broadway to Oz Tour’ in 2015. As a student at Covenant, Annie was involved in dance concerts, musicals and the drama faculty. She has a love for all things musical theatre and connecting with young people. She is currently working part-time and studying Education Support.

Miss Rachael Mayrick

Rachael graduated from Covenant in 2016. Whilst at school, Rachael had the lead role in the school musical and was a standout drama and musical theatre student. Since leaving Covenant she has been involved in numerous musicals, undertaken some acting, and has attended the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).