Murray Youth Performing Arts Dance Teachers
Name: Beth Docker
Beth began dancing aged 4, and completed her early training at Murray Youth Ballet in Albury. During her time at Murray Youth, Beth completed her RAD examinations from Grade 2 – Advanced 2, achieving Distinction for each exam. In 2014, she moved to Sydney to commence full-time ballet at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy.
In her first year at TPCCA, Beth competed in the Genée International Ballet Competition, held that year in Belgium. At the completion of the competition, she and two other TPCCA students toured through Europe, taking class at some of the most prestigious pre-professional ballet schools in the continent – including the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, and the School of the Hamburg Ballet.
At the end of 2015, after a short time training in Paris, Beth returned to Albury to complete her HSC and began teaching at Murray Youth Performing Arts. Here she was able to share her passion for dance with students aged 3 – adult in a range of classes including classical, RAD syllabus, contemporary, conditioning, pointe work and repertoire.
After completing her HSC and graduating as Dux of James Fallon High School, Beth accepted a position in Melbourne City Ballet’s pre-professional (Finishing Year) program. In 2017, she was invited to guest as Aurora in Melbourne City Youth Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, which was nominated for an Ausdance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance. The following year, Beth performed the lead role of Swanhilda in the School of MCB’s Coppelia.
Beth was promoted to Emerging Artist in 2019, officially joining the company. During her 2½ years at Melbourne City Ballet, she has toured and performed extensively with the company in productions including Don Quixote, Carmen, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and more. Most recently, Beth was involved in MCB’s Alice In Wonderland, which toured throughout Australia and New Zealand. Beth performed in the corps de ballet and in the solo role of the Duchess, and was the only company member to dance in every Alice In Wonderland show.
Since February 2018, Beth has also been a teacher at the Dance Discovery school in Melbourne, teaching classical, contemporary, conditioning, and solo coaching. In addition, she taught adult Community Classes at MCB from the end of 2017 until the company’s closure in late June of this year, and choreographed contemporary pieces ‘Communication’ and ‘Fracture’, performed by students of MCB in their 2017 & ’18 contemporary seasons.
Beth is excited to re-join the MYPA team in Term 4, 2019, and looks forward to helping instil a love of dance in her students. She has a passion for teaching and loves having the opportunity to pass on her knowledge, gained from world renowned instructors including Tanya Pearson (OAM), Lucinda Dunn (OAM), Wim Broeckx, plus guest classes with Dusty Button, Cynthia Harvey, Danilo Radojevic and Daniel Gaudiello.
Name: Shae Knobloch
Shae began dancing at a young age participating in a wide range of styles and performances both within Australia and internationally. Some of these highlights include; dancing at Disney World Orlando, onboard Caribbean Cruise lines, and with the Imperial Russian Ballet Company.
In 2015 Shae began teaching as a student teacher and was awarded with the role model award at Hume dance school, along with being a finalist at the red carpet youth awards for performing arts. Since then, Shae has taught many styles of dance including; jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet and contemporary.
Awards and qualifications: Shae has also further developed her dance teaching knowledge by attaining a Certificate II & III in Dance, along with a certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Shae has also undergone further Education at NIDA Sydney in Stage Management, and training for our Ready Set Dance and Parkinson’s programs.
Shae is currently studying a Bachelor of Business at Charles Sturt University, however is throughly enjoying teaching and sharing her experiences with the students at MYPA.
Name: Alyssa Kupa
Years dancing: 9
Dance Style: Hip Hop (mainly)
Favourite thing about dancing: I love the feeling of being on stage and not having to think about anything else and teaching: When I was little we always used to look up to the “big girls” who would help us and be our teachers and show us what we can achieve if we work hard and now it’s my chance to do that for someone else
Awards and qualifications:
Studying Cert 4 in Dance Teaching and Management
Cert 1-3 in Dance, qualified in street dance and jazz dance,
Finalist at red carpet youth awards for performing arts and youth ambassador categories in 2017
Name: Jamieson Cummins
Years of dancing: 13 years of dancing
Dance Style: RAD ballet, danceability
Favourite thing about dance: Dance is something that brings joy to people, everyone and anyone can do it. It’s something you do to make yourself happy.
Dance for Parkinson’s
RAD Advanced Foundation
In the process of completing my Certificate 2