RAELENE COPPOLA

RAELENE COPPOLA

Like every little girl I started dancing at the age of 3 learning physical culture, ballet, tap and jazz. As I got older I also started musical theatre, modern expressive and singing. After singing and dancing in numerous school musicals and representing the school at State gymnastics I studied Dance at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Whilst studying dance full-time I worked with Glenn Wood, Guillermo Keys-Arenas, Mary Duchesne OAM, Greame Watson, Patrick Harding-Irmer, Ramon Dorringo and Kim Walker. After graduating I spent a year competing and placing 3rd in the National Ladies competition of BJP Physical Culture. I gained registration as a fitness leader with FIA and presented workshops on fitness for dancers and stretching techniques at the University of Western Sydney for BA Dance students. In 1993 I started dancing for Regency Artists and danced across Sydney with artists such as Normie Rowe, Barry Crocker, Little Patty and Kamhal. I have taught jazz, tap, modern, hip hop and ballet at a variety of dance schools including Dynamic Dance Academy, Dancetime Connection and The Australian College of Entertainment. In 1995 I did my first tour of Japan, dancing and singing for Kim Michael Productions and returned to Japan in 1996 for a second tour. My performance repertoire also includes work for Sydney Theatre Company and TVC working with Kim Walker (Sydney Dance Co) and Michael Caton (Packed to the Rafters). In 1996 I completed studying a Graduate Diploma in Education and started teaching Dance and Drama in secondary schools. In the school system I have taken students to perform at the RAS Royal Easter Show, Rock Eisteddfod, Dance Championships, City of Sydney Eisteddfod and local community events. In 2013 I started teaching Creative Arts in primary schools and joined the teaching team at Glenda Benton Dance Academy. It is a joy to share my love of dance with the students I teach.

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